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Oliver the Owl: class/tutorial

Oliver the Owl: 3 lessons/$30.00

oliver the owlWhat a hoot! Do you love owls if you do then Oliver is definitely your man! He is made from felt, hand pieced and embroidered with a few simple stitches. He stands 7” tall and is 7” wide, and wears a beret that resembles a sunflower. He is the perfect addition to any aviary and autumn mantel.

Skill Level Intermediate: some hand sewing and embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this lesson you will choose your colors, and then cut out the pattern pieces. The basic embroidery stitches will be covered. Then you will begin by giving him some personality and embroidering his eyes.

Lesson 2: In this lesson you will assemble the face to the body, and embroider around his eyes, beak and forehead. The chest and wings are added to the body, and these will be further embroidered with stitches. The body will be stitched, and partially assembled.

Lesson 3: In this lesson you will embroider the feet, and assemble the legs. The body will stuffed, and then the legs inserted. Lastly the sunflower beret is embroidered and assembled, and your dapper gent is done!

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,


Natural Redhead- Mixed Media Monday

Bea- the natural Red-head

Bea- the natural Redhead

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday, the theme for this week was Playful Dolls

Bea was a natural Redhead, with the help of Clairol’s Nice and Easy #16- Spiced Tea, naturally. She had been dyeing her own hair for years, and never thought to read the directions or the warning label, until yesterday. Apparently you really can only leave the dye on for the recommended amount of time if you wish to avoid embarrassing questions from your family, friends and the drugstore clerk who sold her additional products to counteract her slight miscalculation.

Enjoy, play all the time, even if it is just inside your head! Christen

PS: I thought that it would be fun to know the ingredients for my entry (15″ tall):

  • Body: cardboard jewelry box, fabric, ribbon, machine embroidered net, celluloid buttons, glass flowers from France
  • Neck: hand painted face, dyed cotton fringe for hair, round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, ribbon worked flowers, glass baubles from old millinery flowers, plastic leaves, costume jewel
  • Arms: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, hors de oeuvres sticks, glass flowers from France, plastic leaves, metal charms shaped like a gloved hand
  • Legs: round cardboard ring left over from Hanah silk ribbon roll, fabric yo-yo, dyed Irish lace, machine embroidered net, rattail cord, glass flowers from France, glass shoes, found objects (I think that the one on the right was a screw driver made by my dad)

Techniques used, fabric painting and dyeing, a little hand sewing, with the bulk of the assembly being done with glue: Tacky glue and hot glue. Hours spent enjoying the playful fun, 5:30 am- 1:30 pm.

Happy Creating! ~Christen