SKU: Owlfred Category:

Product Description

Measuring 360 x 200 mm, Owlfred is an unconventional take on a common bird of prey inspired by a painting of an owl made of metal spare parts and a clock face tummy seen in an art gallery window. Using space-dyed Chameleon threads, DMC cottons and metallics, Miyuki beads and Czechoslovakian flat back crystals, this project uses a huge variety of stitches as under:

Bead embroidery: 4 techniques
Crewel embroidery: 29 stitches
Needle Lace embroidery: 3 techniques
Needle Weaving: 5 patterns

Suitable for experienced embroiderers, it is a large but interesting and fun project that will keep you busy for a while.

Contents of packs are as under:

Pattern and Print:

  • Full instructions, diagrams, stitch guide and colour images of original work.
  • The line drawing screen-printed in light blue ink onto Natural coloured 45/55 Cotton/Linen fabric.
  • The ink is indelible.

Materials Pack:

DMC Thread Pack:

  • 356, 739, 934, 3033, 3371, 3778, 3857, 3862

Chameleon Threads:

  • Stranded: 1, 6, 20, 25, 55, 66 x 2, 74, 92, 111, 114, 116, 124, 127
  • Perle #12: 2, 42, 65, 88, 127, 151
  • Perle #16: Leek, Rose Petal, Washed Coral
  • Silk: 66

Special Threads:

  • DMC Perle #12 bobbins: 842, 356, 758
  • DMC Dentelles bobbins: 739
  • DMC Daimant bobbins: D301
  • Madeira Glamour #12 bobbins: 3027
  • Invisible thread

Beads and Crystals:

  • 15⁰ 005
  • 15⁰ 197
  • 15⁰ 1434
  • 15⁰ 2200
  • 11⁰ 642
  • 34ss Smoke Topaz AB


  • 2 x size 7 embroidery
  • 2 x size 10 embroidery
  • 2 x size 24 tapestry
  • 2 x size 10 bead embroidery

Dictionary of Stitches and Techniques

In this dictionary you will find video clips of all the stitches and techniques used in this design.  Along with each video clip on the tuition page there is a downloadable and printable document that gives you step-by-step written instructions with illustrations.  Click here to read more about it.

When you order this dictionary, our website will email you the access document to the private domain where you will find this dictionary.  If you order it with the full kit, your kit will be shipped to you but the access document will still arrive by email.  This is because you will need to click on the link provided in the document which will take you to the tuition page.  Which you can do manually but, when you get there, you will be asked for a password and that’s not so easy to type in.  I’ve had lots of fun making up the passwords and you will need to copy and paste them into the little box that asks for the password.  It will be all but impossible to do it any other way.

The website will also email a template document.  On this document are all the templates that were used in the stitching of the techniques and stitches in the video clips.  You will be able to print the document and trace the templates onto a doodle cloth using a light box, or whatever method you prefer.

The intention of this video dictionary is to provide you with as much instruction as is possible, without physically being in the same room as you and teaching you in person.