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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.

It's bad enough wasting time, without killing it.

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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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