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« on: July 13, 2012 10:25:58 PM »

With all the owl love in the craft world at the moment, I don't know how the macrame owl hasn't made a comeback already.

My mum gave me a bunch of old craft books. One of which was a macrame book published in 1976, so we're talking seriously authentic! One of the patterns in it was o course the macrame owl.




Here is my updated version of it. It uses worsted weight acrylic yarn (so it is tiny and adorable) instead of jute, with glass beads for eyes and beak instead of wooden beads. And genuine rainforest twigs (found on my street) instead of driftwood.

I didn't have any metal rings handy to do the eye circles, so I made rings out of cardboard with a hole punch.

He's 9.5cm from head to tail, and (on my screen at least) he appears 'life size' in the photo.
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2012 11:40:41 PM »

That's a great update!

Owls never go out of style, anyway. He's adorable.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2012 03:15:41 AM »

I love him. I absolutely love him. I freely admit I love macrame. Smiley I don't think it will ever go out of style. I love the updated look. I have a lot of 70's macrame books too. This is the best owl I have ever seen. I love his color. I love you used sticks from the rainforest.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2012 03:46:57 AM »

It is so cute! Owls are always appreciated, aren't they?

Love the eyes, the colour and the little rainforest sticks! Great work!

Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2012 04:53:38 AM »

Oooh, he is ADORABLE!
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2012 05:48:30 AM »

Thanks guys. I'm glad people like him.

I'm hoping other people will make macrame owls too and start a trend. Smiley

A quick pattern for an owl.

Take 12 bits of yarn (approx 2 foot long for worsted weight) and tie them to a stick using larks head knots.

Do 16 rows of alternating square knots.

Tie 3-4 more square knots under each square knot in that row.

Put 2 of those dangly bits in front of a stick, the rest behind and gather them together under the stick with a wrap knot.

Cut off the ends of the yarn to make the tail the length you want.

Take 2 rings/circles about 1/2 inch accross. Tie lots of short bits of yarn to them with larks head knots. Trim the ends to be even and then fuzz them out a bit.

Glue the 2 circles to the body for the eye circes.

Sew 2 beads on inside the circles for eyes. Sew an elongated bead on for a beak.

Tie another bit of yarn on to the top stick to hang it from, and ta-da, you have a new pet.
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2012 05:57:38 AM »

He's so cute!! Great update!
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2012 07:16:04 AM »

Adorable! I too have a vintage macrame owl booklet. I will post once I make one, it is a completely different pattern. I will try to make one in this style too, they can be friends. Or frenemies, I don't know. Do owls get along if they are different kinds? lol
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2012 05:15:55 PM »

That sounds cool. Look forward to seeing it.

And while owls tend to be solitary animals, I suspect macrame owls might be more social than most.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2012 07:50:32 PM »

So cute!  Love the size.
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2012 02:48:53 AM »

Thank you so much for the pattern. I am definitely go to make one, two, three or four. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2012 09:01:48 AM »

That is one cute owl!! With projects this adorable, I think you're right - it's time for a comeback!! Great work Smiley.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2012 01:40:49 PM »

This is very cute! U did a great job
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2012 04:53:00 AM »

So cute! Thanks for the pattern, I've been meaning to make a macram owl for a while now but just haven't gotten around it to yet. I guess now's the time!!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2012 06:22:40 AM »

SO CUTE! I am in extra love with it because, as a child of the 70s/80s I made one of these (before they were retro! lol) I went to a library craft class in about 1980 and made a macrame owl attached to sticks, I wonder if it was from the same craft pattern? I love your take on it! Mine is still hanging on a wall in my mom's basement!
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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2012 10:21:02 AM »

that's sweet. I love your "modernized" version of the macrame owl!  Make me want to dig out the craftopedia's I have from the 70's.....
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2012 11:28:37 PM »

that's sweet. I love your "modernized" version of the macrame owl!  Make me want to dig out the craftopedia's I have from the 70's.....

You totally should. I'm having a great time being inspired by old books (one as old as 19020s) and making them work with modern materials and styles.
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2012 08:13:43 AM »

That's adorable. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2012 10:46:29 AM »

I don't even know what macrame is, but I want to learn it so I can make one of these little guys!
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2012 08:03:57 PM »


With all the owl love in the craft world at the moment, I don't know how the macrame owl hasn't made a comeback already.
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Me either!  Thanks for reminding us about the old-school owls!  (I live on Owl Drive, and have been looking for more Owl crafts)
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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2012 09:47:37 PM »

My my what a cutie!  Thanks so much for the tute.  I am going to have to try my hand at this!  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2012 02:33:11 PM »

http://macrameowl.com/macrame_owl_sanctuary.html Just look at the cuties here in the Macrame Owl Sancutuary!

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« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2012 08:15:41 PM »

http://macrameowl.com/macrame_owl_sanctuary.html Just look at the cuties here in the Macrame Owl Sancutuary!

EDIT-and their blog! http://macrameowl.wordpress.com/

That's classic! Thanks for the link.
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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2014 09:49:50 PM »

This is so cute! I need to find a how to book to learn the knots so I can try!
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