But since I’m only making eight, I guess it’s more like a jury?
A friend asked me to make her a few owls to add to her wedding gifts-for-other-people, and I made some of them tonight. I thought perhaps I’d record the process here.
1. I have a notebook where I doodle out ideas. I took the basic shape for this one from a book named Doodle Stitching. I tend to work with simple shapes because I think stuffed felt translates well to cartoons, but there are some amazing felt artists out there who can do just about anything. I’m not quite there yet…
2. I translated my idea into two patterns, one for the outside shape, and one for the inside.
3. Then I got together the materials I needed: various colors of embroidery floss, felt, stuffing, embroidery needles, and scissors.
4. Then I cut! I saved the scraps to use as stuffing. I cut out all eight owls at once so that it was a veritable owl assembly line.
5. Here they are awaiting embroidery. I sewed the beak onto the paler felt first, and then embroidered lines of split-stitches for eyes and feathers. Then I sewed the paler felt down onto the darker felt. The bow idea from the sketch above totally didn’t work, so I made little hearts instead, bound down with french knots.
6. The very last step was sewing the front part of the owl to the back with a blanket stitch. I sewed from one ear, down the body, to the other ear. Then I stuffed it and finished up the top. I think the most interesting part is doodling different personalities onto the owls with the thread. I like the happy-looking black and grey one best, so far.
So there you have it! Four owls down, four to go…
[Like felt? I make stuff with felt. You can see the other projects here.]