When I was collecting elephant in the 90's, they were everywhere. They were literally the animal du jour for crafters everywhere. Any gallery, tourist trap, kitsch souvenir shop had a handmade elephant. It wasn't at all unusual to be an elephant collector (or all that difficult either).
I've decided that owls are the new elephants. Like an elephant you don't need to be anywhere near anatomically correct to portray an owl in craft. With an elephant, its all about the ears and the trunk and the basic body shape. For an owl, it comes down to the eyes, the beak and generally birdy shaped body.
Owls are everywhere in the craft-i-verse at the moment. I've blogged about owls before (See X is for Xmas Owls or Owlishly Warm). There are owl ornaments, owl toys and garments adorned with owls.
So when one of my work colleagues had a baby recently, I gave into the urge and made a toy owl for him. (It is actually highly appropriate, his mother's area of research is Owls).
|Here's the design sketch and the start of the body in progress.|
|Here's the owl in progress sitting on my lap as I work on a failed set of wings.|
- Two basic body pieces. These are made out of a solid tweedy cotton yarn for added chew factor and durability.
- 4 circles for eyes (The outer eyes are crocheted and the black inner circles knitted).
- A tummy patch
- A shaped and stuffed sort of pointed cylindrical beak
- and two oval shaped wings.
- Garnish with button hole stitch in contrasting colors wherever possible for added cuteness.