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Topic: Owl Obsession Continued... Meet Ollie  (Read 768 times)
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« on: March 04, 2009 07:29:20 PM »

Any proper student of Classical Studies would of course have a little obsession with owls. As a symbol of the goddess Athena, owls appreared on ancient Greek coins and were a popular representation of wisdom in the Classical world. Those ancients really knew their stuff. These timeless little creatures are once again a huge trend in crafts, fabrics, and home decor.

Becoming more adventurous in my softie making, I set out to design my own full-sized softie and gave him the name "Ollie", named after the owl that visits the backyard of my parents' house and softly hoots me to sleep sometimes. A fabulous 70s-inspired floral fabric in black, cream, grey, and maroon is anchored by black & cream felt, and a cool grey corduroy. Once again, this piece is handsewn (no machine!) but this time uses Fairfield 100% Bamboo Nature-Fil Stuffing. I highly reccommend this low cost earth-friendly alternative to traditional polyester stuffing. It's soft, lush, user-friendly, and naturally antibacterial.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results of this little fella. I included the wings as a last minute addition and they turn out to be my favorite element of Ollie. If I ever use this pattern again, I'd like to sew the wings "in to" the owl body instead of "on to" the owl body. I would get much cleaner results...but that's just the perfectionist in me! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009 05:23:31 AM »

I thought I was the only one who looks upon owls as a very intelligent animals, by the way it looks like a huggable stuff toy, oh.... and you gave me an idea how to make owl bags..

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009 07:57:00 AM »

I love the fabric choices, the "scrappy" look and the detail you put into him! He's a fab piece of art!
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009 07:01:48 PM »

He's cute! I love the big stitches on the corduroy and the little layered wings

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