08 December 2015

The Owl and The Pussycat

I have always loved this nonsense poem by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;   
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

So when I came across this embroidery kit by Jenny Adin-Christie, I had to buy it.
It comes complete with all the materials neatly labelled in little bags
a forty page book of instructions!
and the design printed onto a lovely silk satin, the first step was to fuse different colours of organza to make a watery sea
and appliqué some metallic mesh ribbons for a cloudy sky
It is very effective
The whole lot is then covered with embroidered silk organza to soften the look
The rest of the embroidery is worked over the top.

I had the last embroidery class of the term yesterday, and I worked on learning Needlelace, something I have never done before. I think I got the hang of it by the end of the two and a half hours! I need to practice some more and then stitch the owl.

There is no class now for five weeks, I am not sure how much I will be able to do myself at home as there are many distractions :)


  1. Some friends of ours had "The Owl and The Pussycat" read at their wedding. I'd never have thought of doing them in stumpwork!

  2. That kit is so so cool! I'm looking forward to watching your progress on this. Thank goodness I don't do embroidery, or I would be in danger of going off to look for a kit of my own. Gorgeous work!

  3. I look forward to seeing your progress on this ...it's going to be lovely! :)

  4. Love that you're showing us your work on the kit as you go along - it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh I just love this whole idea and the kit looks ideal too, what a great WIP you've got to work on :)

  6. I love that poem and the kit looks really well put together. Hope the instructions are easy to read too. It is really sweet!