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Western Australia

I grew up in a rural location, where we had to make things for ourselves, so Mum taught me to knit, sew, embroider, draw, paint, make toys...

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Barn Owl Counterchange

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(10) Name: 'Embroidery : Barn Owl Counterchange
Barn Owl Counterchange
Barn Owl Counterchange

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Counterchange - straight lines and closed shapes

Pattern Description:

Owls are cute and gender-neutral, so they are great for embellishing furnishings for a new baby. These owls are not your typical horned owl - they are styled on the Australian Barn Owl. This is a project for anyone who has tried and loved Counterchange smocking before, and is looking for a new challenge or an out-of-the-ordinary design. Try it on brown and cream stripes for a realistic look, or gingham in the mother-to-be's favourite colour. This pattern includes basic instructions for making a nappy hanger and wipes dispenser from your completed owls.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small Owl ~9cm tall, Large Owl ~18cm tall on standard 1/4 inch gingham


  • Sewing needle with long eye
  • Stranded embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Fabric with an even stripe or gingham check pattern