This past few weeks have been a real treat for us! We are hearing barn and tawny owls shrieking and hooting in the woods about 40ft from the house.. We hear them quite often all year round, but just lately they are really close pretty much every night :)
Just over a week ago we have an even bigger surprise.. we had a little-owl perched on a fence post right next to the house. He was getting a lot of grief from a couple of thrushes; they were chattering and swooping at him. After a few minutes sitting on the fence, the thrushes had landed in the field (about 15ft from the window I was watching from) and the little-owl swooped down and jumped on one of them! The thrush threw him off and they had a bit of a 'stand-off' for a few minutes before all flying back into the woods. The first ever wild owl that I have seen and in BROAD DAYLIGHT too - amazing!
Anyway, all these owlish experiences (as you may expect :) made me want to create OWLS! In the form of teapot cosies..
|Owl number 1 (my first born lol)|
From an owl-shaped resist.. 3 layers of white English wool fibre and 3 layers of coloured merino.. with pretty silk chiffon sari for his tummy.
|Vintage button eyes|
This first one is currently flying to Amsterdam.. hope his wings don't get tired :)
|Owl number 2|
You can see the chiffon sari easier on this ones tummy.. I used it in his eyes too (different sari - a golden orange)
|Got my eye on you!|
More vintage buttons
|Sari tail feathers too :)|
I must admit these really make me smile :) This is the first time I have used white English fibre.. it is certainly slower than my usual fibres (merino, BFL, Norwegian, Icelandic & Gotland) BUT I actually really do like it for the teacosies.. when it finally felts, it felts well.. but it still feels a bit spongy, and seems to hold heat really well so hopefully the teapots will benefit from this.