Handmade Christmas Owl Ornament

Handprinted owl Christmas Ornament

Handprinted owl Christmas Ornament

I have to put my hands up and admit I am already making Christmas designs. This little owl ornament is a really fun process. Recently I’ve renewed my interest in linocut printing whilst working on my Survivor Tree Print commission. It really wasn’t a long journey for me to get thinking about printing on fabric.
Owls are my favourite birds (along with robins, too, which are more common where I live). This story about self belief by Jeffrey Eugenides which describes how an owl appeared in his life in a time of creative difficulty and became a good omen has always stayed with me.
Anyway, for this owl, I hand cut an owl from lino, printed onto a ridged brown fabric which feels like a heavy cotton blend, then stitched by machine a fleece backing to her. I finished with a felt scarf, little christmas bell and baker’s twine hanger.
I start watching Christmas movies a little earlier than most at the best of times, and making this has probably brought me yet another step closer!

Available here on etsy

Emily

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Hand-crafted Christmas Ornaments

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I don’t know about anybody else, but I am a huge Christmas ornament enthusiast. I love all Christmas crafts. Last year, I got absolutely hooked on Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas Show

If you live in the UK, you can watch some on the 4oD link above, it’s not actually my favourite one which is ‘Handmade Christmas’, but some of the ‘Perfect Christmas’ episodes have handmade gift tips. She also does shows about upcycling and re-upholstering and lots of fun things. She also did a nice series about entering craft fairs around Britain. If you’re a craft freak, it’s worth a look! There was one show where they had to make a display themed around The Secret Garden, which was a lovely challenge. I remember her making a needle-felted robin for the display, which is probably part of the inspiration for me sewing my own.

This year, I have been making a LOT of ornaments- mainly robins, doves, snowmen, Christmas Trees and hearts.

If you’ve been making Christmas/ Holiday ornaments, I would love to hear of them/ see a link in the comments.

For these I made my own templates and then used sequins, felt, fleece, buttons, ribbon, sequins, baker’s twine and cotton thread, and just hand- stitched everything. I recommend having a good Christmas movie on in the background.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season.

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My Christmas Ornament section on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/WishlistArt?section_id=12787697