One of my very first pincushions had an owl on it and I haven't made any other owl ones since but recently I decided to work on another one in a different design. I did my drawings as usual using my bird book for reference. This is a barred owl which seems to me to be the owl shape that everyone thinks of when you say "owl".
I cut out all the felt pieces and stitched the branch and then put it down and left it because it just didn't feel right. When I came back to it a few days later I realized that it was the owl that was bothering me and I went back to the bird book and found myself drawn to the barn owl.
I see barn owls sometimes. I live in a town but there are hills, farmland and wild open spaces all around the town. I've even seen barn owls late at night flying across the road near a piece of open land in the middle of town. It is pretty startling to catch one in your headlights. My daughter works at a horse barn out in the countryside and in the Fall and Winter I see lots of owls when I drive to pick her up in the dark evenings. It always feels like a privilege, like they've allowed themselves to be seen.
As soon as I made the decision to switch to a barn owl, the stitching came together smoothly.
I've made a few of these now and they sell as soon as I list them. I need to make some more. Sometimes it would be nice to have just a few more hours in each day!