This is before blocking. Even the small wrinkles evened out afterwards.
It took a month and who knows how many hours, but I finished this 1978 owl family embroidery designed by Erica Wilson. It’s huge, 24”x20”. I persevered with this highly repetitive project, but I doubt it’ll be hung anywhere. It’s cute and quirky, but did I mention it’s huge?
I love crewel embroidery, and I’m going to be brave and start my own design.
All the loops. The babies look more like Guinea pigs at this stage.
Little by little, I’m stitching away at this 1978 Erica Wilson crewel embroidery kit. I thought the tree would never end, crisscrossing and outlining forever. But it was worth it to get to the owl.
It’s super groovy. Just wait until all the turkey work goes in. It’ll be a shag carpeting owl fest.
We spent a few hours taking photos today, and I was so pleased with results. It seemed everywhere I turned was another picture-perfect scene.
From a sparrow and swallow, to a gorgeous heron and a beautiful fawn, this was one perfect day for wildlife photography.
Normally, my reference photos aren’t my end result—I take them to use to create a sketch or painting—but after taking 175 photos, I found a few to post.
My camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ80. It’s a point-and-shoot with a 60x zoom.
When I started drawing and painting critters, I decided I wanted to take my own reference photos instead of relying on other photographers.
I love this camera, because I can quickly snap a dozen photos and have multiple angles and poses to work with. It’s easy to use and a smaller-sized camera so I carry it around on weekends.
The fawn was a total surprise. It came out of the woods, waded into the creek, and spent about twenty minutes exploring. What a beauty!