Keeping in the theme of owls I tried my hand at a small stumpwork owl. It only measures 1 1/2 inches or 3.8 cm so I'm talking pretty small. I drew an outline on a scrap piece of cotton and used split, straight and buttonhole stitches using 2 strands of thread. I cut it out of the fabric and stitched it onto a piece of handmade silk paper turning in the edges as I went along.
I left an opening at the bottom and top, stuffed it and stitched the openings closed. I crocheted a strand of floss for the branch and added some leaves that I buttonholed stitched around. I used Jan Nicholas's book Stumpwork Embroidery to help me.
While working on my owlet a Kingfisher stopped for a breather. They don't sit still for long so I was thrilled to snap a few pictures before he flew away.
So many of our birds have gone South already so it's nice to see that this Kingfisher is still here :)