These were the last 2 dolls I finished before I left. The owls were very popular in DC, as long as they weren’t Snowy Owls- I have 5 of those still! You just never know what people will want.
I am getting back into the studio and I have a list of special requests and projects that will keep me busy through May. I am mulling over my experience in DC. Every time I go out into the world, show my work, interact with people, spend the big bucks to participate; I can’t help but reevaluate everything I am doing. I know I’ll get over it as soon as I am immersed in the work again. Right now though, I am hearing all the weird or negative visitor comments in my head. Many people don’t understand or respect the fiber arts and their comments reflect that.
Things I don’t need to hear-
I saw something exactly like this at a craft show I went to last week.
I used to make dolls exactly like these 20 years ago.
My mom makes Raggedy Anns.
Can you donate one of your dolls to my cause.
And so many more, Oh well, time to get back to work!
I liked the embroidery on the snowy owl so I gave the brown owl an XXX tummy too.
Some flowers and lots of green leaves are starting to burst forth in the garden. I’m so excited!
Black and white and some gray, from sweaters (mostly) and a skirt.
I am stocking up on owls- I want to have a good assortment for the Smithsonian Show which is in less than 1 month. Yikes!
First, Snowy Owls.
Wool knit sweater body, angora wings and alpaca tummy patch.
This other one-
Soft wool body and cable knit wings.
If any of these owls inspire you, I have a pattern available here if you are moved to try and make your own. I won’t be adding anything to the Etsy shop now until after I return from my San Francisco show. That should be the 2nd week of August.
Light colors but not snowy whites.
I got this zig-zag wool a long time ago and I’ve never figured out what to use it for. It was a midi skirt and I bought it at a thrift store in Ithaca, NY. Eventually I figure out where these pieces go.
This one is all about the soft textures. It is made of angora, alpaca, and some wool.
Whenever I am making orange owls, I think to myself, Here we go, back to the 70′s!
And this one is especially 70′s reminiscent because that BROWN PLAID! I might have had a jumper with fabric like that? I think every girl did.
Oh, the 70′s. Think disco and bell bottoms. In plaid.
This one is all about the shaggy textures.
Some embroidery on the wing.
And even more shaggy.
All the textures.
One is brown-
He is super soft. The dark brown of his body is some kind of cashmere blend. The tummy herringbone is also cashmere. The boucle wings and hood are a blend of wool and alpaca and I’m not sure what but it is nice and pet-able.
This one looks brownish from a distance but is actually a blend of lots of colors.
Red, purple, black, brown, cream…
See those wings? They are an amazing pattern of lilac and brown. I was really happy to find a use for that scrap.
First is a herringbone owl-
Herringbone body and herringbone ears.
The second owl with woven patterns, this one with houndstooth and ? I don’t know if the weave on the hood has a name.
Here they are, out in the garden.
These two are made from sweaters with classic knit patterns- the first one with a Nordic black and white pattern-
the second with a dark grey cable.
And then with the scraps of all the other wools to bring them to life.
This face has an angora/wool blend hood (so soft for petting!) and woven wool ears-
And the other face has a woven wool tweedy herringbone hood and wool knit ears.
Side view- I tried a bit of embroidery decoration on these angora wings-
I just love how they have such different personalities!