Sunday, July 11, 2010

A lil' sneak peekaroo

So I promised I'd share with you my latest project. I've been on an owl kick lately. My last couple plushies have been owls (you can see them in my Etsy shop) but this one's a little different. Different design, different style. A whole new bird. Owls seem to be a pretty big deal in the crafting community right now. I wonder what other people see or feel about them that makes them so popular... Me? I love their mystery. The folklore they carry with them. I love that they can be cute, serious, regal, funny, intimidating. I love that no matter in what medium you dabble, it only takes a few well placed lines (stitches, strokes...) to create that oh-so-recognizable big eyed stare. They're so fun and versatile.

When I design a new plush - I usually begin because something has inspired me. A painting I saw. A TV show. Maybe something from nature. Sometimes though, if I'm real lucky, a fully finished piece pops into my head. (I like that way the best - easy peasy.) But even if the plushie gods grace me with such a perfect epiphany - the process of putting an intangible idea onto paper and then into a three dimensional pattern and then getting it to come together properly - is nuts. It's actually kind of mind boggling at times. Probably not for the pros (see some of my absolute favorites here and here and here) but because I'm so new to all this....geesh. Pattern making is my least favorite part of the whole thing. It kinda freaks me out. I should just stop being such a baby and take a class or something...

So! Back to my sharing. This little guy started a few weeks ago from one of those earth stopping moments where he just flew right into my brain and said, make me! Here he is cut out with a few features already sewn up.

Here he is peaking out after I finally got his beak to work and got it sewn on just right along with his fuzzy belly and his eyes...

And here he is just taking a break from getting stitched on for a while in my current, ahem, workspace. Read: my boyfriend's recliner. You see, I'm currently in between workspaces as we're in the process of moving in together. And seeing as how he (my boyfriend, not my owl) is the best guy in the whole wide world and is the most supportive and sweet partner I could ask for, he's agreed that I should have a whole room in the house just for my crafting! That's a pretty big deal for a bachelor who just bought his first house. But I think he kinda likes me. ;) So goodbye guestroom and hello studio space! Woohoo! I can't wait. Anyway, here's my owly...

Slowly but surely, he's coming together. And I think there's more slowly than surely in that equation right now. But like I said, this is a new pattern and kind of a new style for me...so I'm really excited to see how it turns out!

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