Hobby Island

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Probably each of you has a hobby. Ladies often choose a kind of craft for a hobby, and there certainly are lots of options nowadays!

How amazing it is, that today masters can share their talents worldwide through the internet! On the other hand, it is always special pleasure to see them firsthand, visiting this or that Craft Show and to read about how to make those masterpieces in craft magazines.

But the first step is always choosing what you are going to do.

Hereby I am going to speak about those crafts, which I am doing myself (besides ribbon embroidery, of course). They are:

Soutache embroidery,

Jacobean embroidery,



Iris folding.


and also about meeting foreign guests.



To inspire yourself, browse by the following categories:


Amigurumi, ancars,


Bargello (quilts, patchwork),  Bargello needlework, batik, Beading, Beadweaving,


cardmaking, collage, crewel embroidery, Crochet,




Encaustic Painting


Fabric Art, felt (needle felting, nanofelting),




Interior dolls, 


Jacobean embroidery, Japanese temari, Jewelry Making,


Kanzashi, kirigami, Knitting,


micro-macrame, Machine Quilting designs, Metal Clay, Metalsmithing,


polymer clay,




Sewing, stained-glass window, String Art, soap making,  scrapbooking, spinning,


Teddy-bears,  Tilda, trapunto, 


weaving, Wire Jewelry Making.


Look! Only the most intricate modern hand-made crafts are mentioned, but there are only few letters free:

L N O R U V X Y Z!

To fill them in and for any other suggestion, please feel free to email me at




Our online project, dedicated to arts and crafts is called "Little Owl" (that is "Совушка" in Russian).

In my native culture (Russian) this lovely bird is a symbol of wisdom and cleverness.

In English our slogan is "Smart Crafts", and you know the meaning and why the word "smart" is often closely connected to crafts. We wish all we do is vivid, energetic, fashionable, elegant and neat.

In Japanese the word "owl" sounds like "fukuro". You probably know that one Japanese hieroglyph means one word. On the other hand, lots of words could be featured in several hieroglyphs as well. Like this:

1) Either "fuku" (meaning "happiness") + "kuru" ("comes") + "ro" (grammatic suffics);

2) Or: "fu" (meaning the absence of something, "no") + "kurou" ("hardships , sufferings").

Thus in Japanese culture the image of owl means happiness. That is what we wish to all our customers and to all people visiting our online project.


Having such a splendid name, our project just could not help starting an owl collection.


Owl collection

craft online project on ribbon embroidery, soutache embroidery and quilling; buy natural silk ribbon and hand-made presents, owl, art, design, SRE, Show, exhibition, festival, EuropeLittle OwlTM Smart Crafts online project presents our collection of owls.


They come to us from different parts of the world. We buy them during our business and tourist trips and receive them as presents from our foreign guests.

Looking at owl sculptures I love the way they are created.


But even more I appreciate how the very image of an owl is used by designers for different objects.


Have a look!


коллекция сов, проект "A goup photograph"
The first row, left to right:

a little round-shaped owl from Austria,

a white polar owl from William Shakespear motherland (Stratford-upon-Avon),

a tiny brown owl from Nottingham (a hello from Robin Hood),

a handmade cosmetics bag with an owl family ("Masters` Golden Hands" Craft Show, Kiev, August 2011)


The second row with bigger owls, left to right:

an brown owl from UK,
a librarian owl with white breast.

The two owls flying above:

a macrame owl,

a crochet owl (Teddy-bear Show in Kiev, December 2010).

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from Milwaukee, WI
bought in June, 2011
(a marketplace on the
Bead&Button Show)
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"Welcome!" owl pendant (USA)


коллекция сов, проект
Origami paper from
It may look like that!

 футболки с аппликацией, украшения на одежде, коллекция сов, дизайн одежды, эксклюзивные совы, текстильная совушка, хенд-мейд, декорколлекция сов, фарфоровая сова, статуэтка совушка, эксклюзивные совы, сова из глины, хенд-мейд, декор, дизайнA shop in Cincinnati, OH

represents a collection of items,

designed by

Stephen Joseph.


He created a wide range of things, either owl-shaped or decorated with images of owls.


They are: 


decorative figurines,

bags and rucksacks,

jewellery boxes,

trinkets and charms,

a case for spectacles, a vacuum flask,

a bottle for babies,

cuddly toys,

a bar of soap, and even a starling-house!!!



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Mosaic Animal Collection

And this is a present from Spane.

This owl is a part of

Mosaic Animal Collection "BARCINO".

Visitign their Web-site for inspiration

is strongly recommended:


















A designer team from Great Britain (http://uk.accessorize.com/) is developing a new collection each season. And each time their collection has a different HERO (swallows, panda, dragon-flies, butterflies, etc.) I visited their shop just in time - the new collection with owls had just arrived.









The shop assistant kindly helped me to make photographs. Accessorize, Kiev, +38 (044) 585-34-97, www.md-group.com.ua

And one more owl, it is from Russia. Lampwork by  Maria Mazai.



  сувениры из Китая сова перышки перья подарки коллекция сов эксклюзив дизайн

 The next owl is made from real feathers, it is from China.
Here you can browse for owls made from... pebbles! They are created by Isabella Groppali!
The next one is not origami! It is an imitation. Just a picture by Jeremy Cool from Australia.
He drew a number of animals in this style,
intending to publish a book for children.

    Felted little owls (here they are).



And this owl is worked in quilling