How I Made It: Just like the others, I started with an image I found of Hootie. Since this one was in color, I used a lightbox and created an outline of each color section that I then photocopied and cut up to create my template.
I cut my templates out in felt (in some ways I wish I can had more color selection but I made do with what I had). I wish I'd had a paler yellow for the chest and more of a medium brown instead of the goldenrod I used for the body (something between a tan and the dark brown).
Once all the pieces were cut, I started assembling as follows:
- Applique stitch the Chest to the Body (one of two pieces, 2nd is designated as the Back) using 2 strands of DMC 744.
- Using a fabric pen, draw the chest wings on the chest.
- Using 3 strands of DMC 725, fly stitch the chest wings.
- Applique stitch the Eyes to the Body using 2 strands of DMC Blanc (White).
- Applique stitch the Brows to the Eyes/Body using 2 strands of DMC 3072.
- Applique stitch the Pupils to the Eyes using 2 strands of DMC 310 (Black).
- Applique stitch the Beak to the Body using 2 strands of DMC 444.
- Applique stitch just the top edges of the Talons to the Body using 2 strands of DMC 444.
- Applique stitch just the concave edges of the Wings to the Body using 2 strands of DMC 938.
- Blanket stitch the Body to the Back using 2 strands of DMC 435.
- Start just below the Right Wing.
- Fold the Right Wing back over the Body so you don't stitch it.
- Before the right head tip, place in the Ear Feather between the Body and the Back so you secure it with the blanket stitch.
- Pause at the top of the head to add a hanger (I used a lobster claw charm lanyard).
- Just after the left head tip, place in the Ear Feather between the Body and the Back so you secure it with the blanket stitch.
- Fold the Left Wing back over the Body so you don't stitch it.
- Be sure to work the blanket stitch under the Talons so you don't stitch them.
- After the 2nd Talon, pause to stuff the ornament with Polyfill (not too full).
- Then finish stitching to where you started.
- Tie off the stitch and then trim it.
Alternatives: When looking for a good image of Hootie for this ornament, I found this really great image of Hootie as a Thanksgiving Turkey. I knew I had to make that version too.
I mostly worked from the above information. But there are 4 additional template pieces to make Hootie into a Turkey Owl. The colors probably don't really matter just that they're all different and are seasonal. I chose a floss color that matched the largest of the Back Feathers (DMC 742 with the colors I chose). I took all 4 pieces and sewed them together with a back stitch (2 strands) along the center (if I were folding in half) but only from the bottom to about 2/3 the height of the smallest Back Feather. Then before Step 10 above, I stitched the Back to the sewn together Back Feathers. Then I carefully completed Step 10 above.