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« on: August 13, 2009 11:11:30 AM »

I made this for my man for his birthday. He's a photographer and he likes owls, so I thought this would be perfect. I'm pretty sure that I got the pattern from a vintage embroidery pool on flikr... I just can't remember which one  Huh
Unfortunately, it's starting to sag in the frame since I made it back in may. I was hesitant to use something like spray adhesive because I didn't want it to discolor over time. And I didn't leave enough extra fabric on the sides to lace it up the back (measure twice, cut once. Meh, just start cutting- yeah thats me)
Anyways, just didn't want you to think I would frame and give it to him looking that crappy  Wink

For the eyes, I used glow in the dark thread from Sublime Stitching. As a photographer my DH was quick to point out the cloth over the camera should be black (ugh). I knew this, but the stripes were more fun, and they match his personality better.




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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2009 09:08:41 AM »

WOW! That is awesome! How long did it take you?
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009 12:15:36 PM »

Thank you!! I'd say it took about 15 hours over the course of 2 weeks? I really have to do a better job of getting track, bigger projects like this usually get set aside for a break with something smaller, so I tend to lose track   Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009 10:33:59 AM »

this is brilliant!  What an excellent combination of your husbands likes\job.  The owl is wonderfully characterful too. Also I like the backing fabric a lot!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009 11:21:25 AM »

Thanks! I'm totally hoarding the last, tiny piece of that back yellow fabric for the perfect project, it's vintage so i know I have no chance of finding more.  There is something very similar here, http://www.joeldewberry.com/Aviary.html
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009 05:00:12 PM »

I love the look on his face. I had no idea there was such a thing as glow in the dark thread! You are opening up new stitching horizons for me  Cheesy.

I bet he will LOVE it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2009 06:03:04 PM »

J, this is absolutely wonderful work!  I love the picture, I love the stitching, and did I mention I want to be an owl in my next life?

Can you baste the piece onto scrap fabric and use that to re-tension it?

Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2009 01:28:03 PM »

Thank you!
Can you baste the piece onto scrap fabric and use that to re-tension it?
Thats a good idea! I've got to do something otherwise someday I'll look at it and find it at the bottom of the frame   Wink I have a friend who's convinced she was an owl in a past life, apparently it's a good thing to be!
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