It is Quilt Market time! I have been watching all over social media to see images from everything happening there. It looks so amazing, I sure wish I was there! I was lucky enough to get to work on samples for Tim Holtz featuring the latest additions to his Eclectic Elements Collection from Coats. If you thought you loved Eclectic Elements before, just wait until you see the new additions to the collection. Amazing!
For this show, I focused on one really fun piece, a stuffed owl. Tim spotted an image of a fabric stuffed owl online and decided that the Eclectic Elements collection needed an owl too! I really wanted a challenge so I volunteered to make the owl. After gathering several inspiration photos, I took pieces and parts and combined them together to make one fabulously grungy vintagey and quite serious looking owl.
Because we were working from assorted inspiration photos, I had to make my own patterns for the different elements. It was a lot of trial and error, but I think he turned out great.
One of the biggest challenges was finding just the right buttons for his eyes. One of our inspiration images had the best looking vintage tortoise-shell buttons for the eyes. They added so much character. We all searched our collections and favorite vintage button sources for just the right tortoise-shell buttons but had no luck. I finally decided to experiment… I discovered that drips and layers of rust colored alcohol ink on vintage mother of pearl buttons make fabulous faux tortoise-shell buttons.
And how fun is that burlap? It actually has a design printed on one side of it. I thought the color and faint design on the back of it was really cool and added a neat detail. I was so glad to have it in my stash!
Most of the elements of the owl feature several layers of fabric, batting, canvas, and burlap. Adding so many layers makes him feel weathered and frayed. A wise old grungy owl should have some wear and tear on him and thanks to layers and lots of Vintage Photo Distress Stain, he is perfectly aged.
I love his belly so much! I dic cut a small heart from wool felt and dyed it using Distress Stains. I also added a pocket in his belly to hold an Idea-ology monocle and snippet of a piece of delicious velvet burn out that I have been hoarding forever. The monocle is attached to his heart with an Idea-ology clasp and trinket pin.
I love the way the layers of his wings stand out from his body. The wings have two layers of fabric adhered to Phoomph (LOVE Phoomph), a layer of batting, a layer of burlap, and another layer of fabric. Each layer is dyed and frayed to add more age.
I love this element on his legs. We spotted this detail on one of our inspiration images and I just had to include it. The legs are covered with this amazing new print from the collection. Each leg covering is hand gathered and ruched in place with tons of tiny hand stitches.
The legs and feet are so fun! They are made with a wire base and then wrapped with a ton of twisted brown floral tape. The tape adds such a fun detail!
Isn’t he so fun? I really love him! It was fun to challenge myself to make something so different from my normal projects!
PS. *12/16 Please note- I get a lot of emails about this project- THANK YOU, I am so glad you love it. However, I do not have a pattern or instructions for it and do not plan to offer one. It was a one time project that I made up as I went along without taking any notes on measurements. It was inspired by bits and pieces of several similar projects by different artists on Pinterest. Some of those artists do sell patterns books. My apologies for not being able to offer one.