This month’s Learn-A-Stitch Owl features stitches from the book Stitch Ins & Outs for the body. Although the stitches are designed for buildings, as you can see you can use them for so much more. Tomorrow find my Plastic Canvas Blog Hop project.
In this post I used:
- Pebbly Perle
- Baroque Silk
- The Thread Gatherer Silken Perle
- Belle Soie
Trace the outline of the owl onto your canvas. Remember that the owls and the tip of the top triangle are represented by dots and transfer them as well. From the middle dot, draw two diagonal lines to make the top triangle.
Stitch the triangle in the top center of the head in Encroached Gobelin below. This stitch is columns of Continental with open canvas between them.
Add the eyes using brads. Mine were bought at Michael’s awhile ago. These are about 3/4″ in diameter and came in a package with several metallic colorsdiameter and round.
Stitch the head in Zig-zag Stitch, below. I make this stitch using Backstitch, one row at a time, this leaves the holes open and is more lacy. You can also make it in two passes of Pattern Darning, going over two under two. Make one pass of horizontal stitches, skipping every other row of holes. Then fill in using the same pattern to make the vertical stitches, completing the stitch. This will fill the holes, creating a more solid look.
Stitch the left side of the owl in Ridged Chimney Stitch, below. Make all the Mosaic stripes first, then fill in with the Reverse Tent Stripes.
Stitch the right side of the owl in Pretty Patio, below. This stitch is confusing when seen in a block. It’s easiest to stitch one rectangular unit at a time in horizontal rows. The diagram reflects this. The first diagram is the first part of a rectangle. The second diagram completes the rectangle. The third diagram shows a second row so you can see how to place them. I just adored this stitch once figured out how to do it.
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