Not because I dislike them. But just because every Tom, Dick and Harry on the high street seems to sell them these days, which means that people can look at a handmade version and think “oh, I’ll pick one of those up for half that in Primark”.
But I received a special request for one. Especially for a girl requiring a special owl in blues and turquoises to suit her room.
So, as today was a day set aside for working on commissions (and I really needed to kick myself into gear after yesterday’s malaise) I thought I’d better get cracking.
First of all, there’s the design itself. I had an idea of how I wanted my owl to look. So I sketched out the outline on greaseproof paper and messed about with it until I was happy.
Then there are fabric choices to make. What do I have enough of in the right colour? What fabric will work – not too thin, too thick, too bright, too dark? What will go with that?
My biggest owl dilemma was the eyes.
I have lots of fabrics with big flowers on. I use a variety of them for tweetie eyes.
But everything I tried looked wrong, until I found those orange beauties. Then it all fell into place.
Luckily, I had just one pair of matching black buttons in my button jar.
I would’ve hated to mess up those eyes.
Well, if she doesn’t, he’s welcome to find a home sitting on my bed. ♥