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SAL – Fellowship of the hooties #01


This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I have a new start. I’ve been itching to start this one so as incentive to get a crack on with the other projects on this year’s list, I put it at the end. I’m bang on schedule so that tactic, surprisingly, has worked.

This is a chart purchased on Etsy from PinoyStitch. They have loads of owl-themed stitches, and I’m eyeing up a few of them, especially Hooties super heroes, and Hooties in space, but when I saw Fellowship of the hooties, I absolutely had to have it. (if you don’t know, Lord of the rings is my all time favourite book.)

It’s recommended to stitch it on white aida, but I dislike working on aida so wanted to use an evenweave. I’ve got some white jobelan but then I spotted a gorgeous 28 ct cashel in vintage blue in my stash. I do love stitching on cashel. It’s so soft to work on and the slubby bits make it a little more interesting. I think this piece is the offcut from when I stitched Outrageous Owls, so I guess this must be my go to fabric for owls *grin*

Once again, I’ve gridded the fabric before starting. I don’t know why I haven’t done this before. It’s a bit tedious doing the gridding, but it’s well worth the time. As a few people have asked about it, this is the stuff that I’m using.  I’m pretty sure it’s much like fishing line and I’m planning to take it into a fishing shop at some point and ask if they have something similar. I reckon it’d be cheaper than this stuff and now that Sew and So have closed, I’ve no idea where I’d get more.

Anyway, on to the stitching. I’ve made a good start and have completed Frodo owl. I used gold metallic thread instead of just gold-coloured thread to do the ring that’s round his neck. I thought it looked a bit more ring-like. Look, he’s holding Sting, the Elvish blade and has his leaf brooch holding his cloak. Love the details in this design.

I also finished Gandalf owl. And Sam owl with his pipe. I also managed to get the text done so I’m over one third done and am feeling rather chuffed with myself. To be honest, I couldn’t stop stitching. It’s such a fun design and really well charted.

This is where it is at the moment. Isn’t it brilliant! I love anything Lord of the Rings themed! I’m hoping to get three more owls done for next time.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanze, ChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenLindaHeidi, JackieSunnyHayleyMegan,
Deborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Susan, Anne

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

Author: Carole

The books I read, the things I make, the places I go.

28 thoughts on “SAL – Fellowship of the hooties #01

  1. Those are some very cute owls 🙂 and very nice stitching!


  2. Sooo cute! I love your owls. Hoot!


  3. Hi there, I have a thing about owls and follow a barred one here on our property. These are so cute with lovely stitching. Wonderful!


  4. I also love the book! I don´t know how many times I´ve read it! They are really looking cute as owls!!!!!


  5. The detail on these owls is wonderful ~ the sword, the ring, even the pipe. Gosh! You were right to sew the ring with metallic thread. Gridding your work is a great idea, and I think the fishing shop would be a good place to try.

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  6. I can see why you have a hard time putting this one down. They are super cute! Love Lord of the Rings too.

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  7. My daughter would love that!


  8. I can easily understand why you couldn’t stop stitching on this one! You’ll have it done before the end of October I bet. 😉
    Could you not just use a red sewing thread for marking your ground cloth? Or is there more to this product than meets the online eye?


    • Around the end of October hopefully.
      I’ve got an older WIP where I used normal sewing thread but I’m worried it won’t pull out cleanly if I’ve split it with the cross stitch. The stuff I’m using now is nylon so I can’t split it and it pulls out really easily.


  9. Cross stitch designers are so clever! I must read Lord of the Rings one day. Fantastic progress on the “parliament”.


    • They are! There are some brilliant designs out there.
      Lord of the Rings is an amazing book. Plus I live in Middle Earth so I can go for walks in some of the places that inspired Tolkien – Sarehole Mill, The Dingles, Moseley Bog. I am slightly Hobbit obsessed LOL


  10. Oh these owls are really cute. Great project and almost finished too. Can’t wait for the next posting to see completed 🙂 Sharon


  11. What a fun design! The metallic thread is perfect for the ring. Congratulations on getting so far along on it! The Lord of the Rings is a favorite in our family. 🙂


  12. Very cute ! Productive month indeed. Are you otherwise owl obsessed or just cross stitch ? 😛


  13. you’re really bombing along with this, Carole!


  14. Wow, you really got a lot done this month. The little owls are just so cute!


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