I do not understand the comeback of the owl. I collected them in the 1970s, but by the end of the '80s, I was over them and on to unicorns (the next craze as the 1980s make a comeback?). I do know there are collectors out there once again so I am dutifully picking them up at the thrift store and junk shop when I find good examples.
Like the sample here. Cheapy plaster toothpick holder (?) bought for next to nothing (I have great sources!) Today I got the inspiration to make it into a wee pincushion. Fabric seemed too bulky for such a tiny opening so I improvised and tried some yarn salvaged from an old sweater. Wound it into an oblong "ball" and stuffed it into the tree stump. WoW! I impress myself sometimes! Very practical solution, aesthetically pleasing AND recycled! You saw it here first. Nope, this one is NOT being sold in my etsy shop. It is going to an owl crazed friend who has just rediscovered her love of stitching.
What I will be selling in my etsy soon is this vintage/ antique linen.
My mother brought it back from a trip to Byelorus
many years ago.
She was visiting family and a generous cousin gave her this handloomed linen,
made by a family member, as a parting gift.
It is just 17" wide and was used for dish and hand towels.
A two yard length would have been embroidered on the ends
(with traditional Byelorusian motifs)
and hung over a hook on the kitchen wall for everyday use.
Simple, common, necessity.
We would consider a luxury.
This linen was old when my mother brought it home.
It is even older now.
lace scraps and miscellaneous bits for sampler stitching.
It's all the rage now.
Watch this space.