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Two Owls
Soft toy designer and pattern maker
Interests: sewing, knitting, bags, cooking, eating, baking, painting
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A customer asked me how easy it would be to turn Reginald Pug into a French Bulldog and it turned out to be really easy! Pugs and French bulldogs have very similar proportions and wrinkly snouts and the only significant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Two Owls Design
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With so many people around the world in lockdown right now and looking for things to do to keep busy or distract from the situation or ways to keep children occupied and interested I thought maybe a free and as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Two Owls Design
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I know that my last post was about a free pattern but I was feeling a bit low and stressed last week and needed to create something to combat it and so the Dinky Squirrel came about. And everyone needs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at Two Owls Design
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There have been some highs and lows over the last year as I have started designing, assembling and selling my own kits and to say thank you to everyone for sticking with me and Happy Christmas I've given an existing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Two Owls Design
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I've been meaning to add some toy making hints and tips to my blog for a while and try and pass on some of the techniques that I use to see if they're helpful. I'm starting with embroidering facial features... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Two Owls Design
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All of a sudden my eldest has finished his first year in senior school, my youngest his first year in junior school and I am onto my fourth kit already; Avery Fox. Avery Fox is a festive kit out for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Two Owls Design
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I'm going to try and blog a bit more frequently again as a way to keep some order and focus in my sewing work as much as anything else but also to keep news of kits and new patterns up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Two Owls Design
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Last month I launched my first ever soft toy kit on Sewing Quarter; Nell Mouse (there are some kits available in my Folksy shop), and was totally overwhelmed by the response to it. Nell is named after my Mum and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2019 at Two Owls Design
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Tap tap - does this thing still work? Yeah it's been a while since I last blogged. I am so delighted to be a part of Coloured Buttons Sew A Softie blog hop for the festive period, check out Trixi's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Two Owls Design
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My Big Shot Plus is one of my most vital pieces of kit and I use it all the time - currently to cut all my hexies and papers for a Christmas table runner and I've promised my son that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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Aidan's quilt made using my beloved Big Shot Plus (and blogged about in more detail here) is now finished. The chevron border is Trendsetter Chevron in Navy by Riley Blake, I bought it on a whim as it was an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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Issue 23 of Love Patchwork and Quilting is out now and included amongst all of the gorgeous quilts and fabric is my lanyard with pass holder pattern. I love working on the ideas that Jen the editor puts to me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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The assumption that there isn't much point sewing something to give as a gift to a seasoned sewist because they are able make whatever it is for themselves is a fairly logical one. It is a gift without mystery to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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I'm currently making a quilt for Aidan using my Big Shot Plus and have been blogging about it over on the Sizzix blog. This particular project or more specifically the fabric I'm using for it, has thrown up an unusual... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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Issue 22 of Love Patchwork and Quilting is out now featuring a really brilliant Liquorice Allsorts quilt on the front cover and on page 85, my Counting Sheep blankie and cushion. It was my first ever proper quilting pattern for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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Just a quick post to let you know that Sizzix are running a fantastic competition to win a Big Shot Plus, but be quick it ends tomorrow - for more details click here. I LOVE mine, it's great for any... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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I'm over here on the Sizzix blog today talking about this cushion. I bought a free motion quilting foot not long ago and this was my second attempt quilting an actual thing - as opposed to practising on scraps. FMQ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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A simple tutorial to make this quick and easy pouch is over on my Sizzix blog page now. It's ideal for holding bits of binding paraphernalia such as scissors, thread, binding clips etc for binding on the go - my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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When several plates are spinning at once my blog is always the first one that grinds to a halt. Actually no, that's not true, it's the housework that stops first - we have been living in crumples in the shadow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a list of goals drawn up to aim at in 2014. The list was made early in the year not as a set of New Years resolutions but just work-related targets to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Hmm, probably a bit. Christmas seems like an age away now, probably due in part for me to the fact that I've been doing the accounts. One week spent going through... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Two Owls Design
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My grip on the Christmas reigns has been tenuous throughout December (as always) but then with just over a week to go to the big day the boys all fell ill with a nasty sickness bug and plans went into... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Two Owls Design
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The last two weeks have been spent in a Christmas induced panic but it's ok, things are now starting to fall into place. I've had some mulled wine, the Christmas tree is now up and there's a food plan coming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Two Owls Design
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This week has mainly consisted of making these strings of circles with Aidan, as posted about here over on the Sizzix blog. Great fun, quick to make and the perfect way to ignore all of the other things that need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Two Owls Design
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I'm suffering with a touch of seasonal confusion at the moment as a result of working on a distinctly spring-themed commission whilst also eating mince pies and sorting out a few Christmas stockings. In my old job we would work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Two Owls Design