I had fun choosing the range of colours as I had a home in mind for it. Some of it I didn't get right as I thought I'd got the little Dutch children the same way up as Mr Owl - never mind. I measured those squares so carefully, but still found myself doing more 'easing' than I probably should have - so don't look too closely. As you can see from the magazine article, the owls can be made separately as soft toys or decorations. They can also be sized up using a photocopier, so you could make a whole family of them.
Corinne Bradd's design uses diamante buttons for the eyes but I sorted through my stash and found plainer ones, which I preferred. I also thought blanket stitch around each eye and a little stem stitch to accentuated the natural lines in the fabric I chose.
I decided not to uses double running stitches across each row of feathers, and just neatly machine stitched them in place instead.
He was finished just as an old friend came to stay, and it was only as I was showing him off that we realised that I seem to have used some vintage fabric that had a special meaning for us both. Unless I'm mistaken, that dusky pink with cream flowers is Laura Ashley from 1978, the year I was a 'bridesmaid' (although I was aleady married, so I was a 'matron' strictly speaking) for my friend. Both her attendants made their own dresses from the fabric, to a style of their own choosing. In those days you got as much wear as you could out of the clothes you made. Mine proved very useful too over the coming year, as the style hid my bump. My son was born nine months later. My friend had been my bridesmaid in 1975 and we wondered if she had any of her own fabric from that dress left over. The other bridesmaid was also my bridesmaid, and again the fabric was Laura Ashley. I hope she finds some for the next owl!
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