Best Needlepoint Stitches for Owls' Eyes
You’ve just gotten a new canvas that features an owl(s). As you think about stitching it (what threads should you use, what stitches), you focus on the eyes. Can’t really help it, can we. They are THE FOCUS, depending on how whimsical the art. But, how do you make them stand out? Here are some suggestions (and images we pulled from Pinterest*) of different ways to stitch the owls eyes. (The image above was posted by Stitch by Stitch, Larchmont.)
First, you don’t have to go crazy. You can simply choose a glittery thread. Stitch the eyes with Glisten or Kreinik braid. When you stitch the rest of the canvas in cotton floss, wool or silk and they’ll automatically stand out. (The photos above are left to right: Owl with earmuffs by Kamala, offered by JulieMar & Friends; Family Owlbum by Charley Harper, stitches by Carolyn Baird, stitched by a student in her class; Wildlife owlet by Kamala, offered by JulieMar & Friends.)
Or do something simple – go get a couple buttons (measure the area of the eyes before shopping) and use them for the eyes. (Image posted by J Perry, stitched at Chaparral NP, Houston.)
If you like beads, here are a couple options. (Left owl by Aida Hyden; Right owl by R Crawford, stitched by J Hatch.)
Use some silk ribbons (stitched by Ruth Schmuff):
Some fancy stitches (Charley Harper - Barred owl posted by Suckylady studio):
Or a combination of stitches, beads and buttons (Charley Harper - Howlloween, stitched by W Turnbull.)
And don't forget, other needlepoint designs have EYES too! (M Shirley, stitched by P Herbert.)
*We have made an attempt to give credit to the artist, needlepointer and shop where possible.
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