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!
Cashmere and wool knits, and woven textures-
Playing with my variegated threads-
I’m back at home and my to-do list is long! I have to catch up posting all the dolls I finished before the show. The last owl was a snowy owl. And, btw, all the owls found new homes!
The Smithsonian Craft Show was amazing! It was such an honor to be part of this event. Here is a photo looking down on my booth from the 2nd floor.
And here is a front view from the first day of the show.
By Sunday, my booth was looking a lot different. I am learning that the tattooed people are not big sellers at the fine craft shows but everything else was popular. I was filling the spaces with whatever I could. I am going to have to get busy to fill my inventory and shop again. I am lucky to have that “problem”!
They have matching hoods and wings with other fabrics mixed in.
Two more cuties!
Any time I’m using beige and brown, the fabrics are probably something my Mom bought.