I don’t know about you, but I love a surprise while creating things–when you don’t know exactly how something is going to turn out when you’re finished.
It’s fun to plan out a new project, but I find that if I plan it out too well I lose interest. It’s almost like the project is so complete and real in my mind that there’s no reason to make it in real life.
These cute felt owl appliques are an extreme example of this kind of surprise. My friend Jessica asked me to make some of these wonderful embellished felt leaves to decorate the lovely purses that she sells. They looked like fun so I said I’d love to make some leaves. I brought out my felts and embroidery supplies, and got right to work (or play, depending on your perspective.)
Before long I was deep into my new project, and the result was not a charming branch of beaded leaves, but the adorable owls you see above. How I got from leaves to owls I’ll never know. That certainly was a surprise!
I decided to make enough owls to fill up a quilt, but they might need a branch full of embellished leaves to perch on, so stay tuned for chapter two of The Owl Saga to find out what happens next. … Will Jessica finally get her leaves, or will the Owls keep them all for themselves?
Have you ever been surprised by how any of your crafty projects turned out? Have you ever given up on a project because you planned it out too well and lost the element of surprise? I’d love to hear about it!
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