Updated September 28, 2021.
This Needlepoint Learn-a-Stitch Owl could be called “Black & White & Red All over.” Inspiration comes in the strangest forms and this owl was inspired by a house I saw in a neighboring town. Of late I have been thinking about this color scheme because it’s an iconic color scheme for film noir. You’ll see posters for these films in this color scheme oftem.
In this owl I used:
- DMC Color Variations pearl #5 in red
- Pebbly Perle in red and black
- Nordic Gold in white
- Aurifil wool 12 weight in gray
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 middle in Four-way Continental, below. I used red Pebbly Perle. Because Pebbly Perle is no longer made, substitute red floss or pearl cotton to substitute.
Stitch the remainder of the head in Open Continental Stripe, below. I used Nordic Gold.
Add the eyes, I used brads (I love how easy they are to use) with faceted tops. Being grey, they coordinate very well with the thread colors.
Stitch the left side in Cashmere Chain Link, below. I used the DMC as the main thread and Aurifil as the accent.
Stitch the right side in Criss-cross Hungarian with Crosses, below. I used the two colors of Pebbly Perle.
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Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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