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« on: December 02, 2014 10:03:15 AM »

Here's my owl made from the Dia de los Muertos Owl pattern on Urban Threads. I was stressing about how to fill in those little petals around his collar. I started with satin stitch, which I didn't like around the round edges. Then I tried to just backstitch it, which was a little empty. Then I ended up using a couching stitch with contrasting colors.

I keep getting pucker after I wash my pieces (you can see it in between the chain stitch on his beak). Anybody have any advice about that? I thought working in the hoop was supposed to stop that from happening.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014 10:16:29 AM »

This owl is fantastic!

You have a great eye for color and little details!  You accented the piece nicely with the lovely gold color.

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014 11:53:12 AM »

Before you started did you wash the fabric? I do not do ANYTHING with fabric without washing and drying first. If you did then the only other thing I can think to do would be to apply fusible webbing to the bottom side after washing but before stitching.
You did a beautiful job on this owl. I think anyone would be super proud to have this decorating their room.
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014 09:59:54 PM »

Beautiful. He reminds me a bit of the Spirograph owls we used to make as children. I love all the stitches and threads you used.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014 04:22:45 AM »

This is fab! You did an excellent job.

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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2014 04:50:59 AM »

A truly gorgeous piece!!  My favorite part is the tail which resembles a spider web.  Also fascinated by the eyes. Love how you used all subtle and natural coloring that might normally appear on such a creature. I hope you are pleased with how this whole thing turned out!  What is this owl's destination? Are you keeping him for your own?

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2015 05:59:10 PM »

Thank you all! The owl is hanging on my hoopla wall now, although I had several people request one of their own. Sometimes I feel stingy for keeping most of my work for myself, but I just spent so much time with him...

Thanks for the suggestion about washing the fabric. Today I washed all the fabric in my bin (now I have to iron it all... eek!) so we'll see if that's what's causing my problem.
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