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Once, shortly after visiting the zoo, I asked James what animal I reminded him of, expecting an answer that was beautiful, or strong, or glorious, or romantic.  Maybe a tiger, gorgeous and powerful; maybe a swan, graceful and lovely.


“Tawny Frogmouth.” he replied.   What, my (non-Aussie) readers may ask, is a Tawny Frogmouth?  This is:



Also, this:



They’re nocturnal birds, closer related to nightjars than owls, that are basically poofs of feathers with very, very big mouths.   They’re also one of my favorite critters, because they are adorable.


And James?  Well, he got me a Nikon D3100 for Christmas (with which I took the above pictures of a very sleepy, very annoyed Frogmouth at the Denver Zoo), so he must not mind having a big-mouthed puffball of a bird for a girlfriend rather than, say, a swan.


Swans are jerks anyway.


The moral of this story is that there is no moral.  There is, however, an embroidery pattern:



For the Frogmouth in your life.


Click on the picture, and you’ll get the full-res.  I release these free bits of line art under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You are allowed and indeed encouraged to do whatever you want with the piece(s) (use, reuse, abuse, remix, share, and of course, embroider), just follow these two simple rules:

1) Give me credit (a link back is always appreciated- that way, everyone else knows they can use it too)
2) Don’t make a profit off any use or modification of my work.

To be fair, I won’t sue you or anything if you don’t give me credit- I’ll just feel all hurt, and no one wants that.  Also to be fair, should you really want to use them in a profit-making venture (ie: stitch it on something you then sell in your etsy store, use it as a print for your own fabric line, etc.), talk to me and maybe we can work something out so everybody wins.  Should you want to say thanks, leave a comment and/or tell a friend or six.  Finally, if you do make something, embroidery or not, let me know and I’ll happily blog it!

You can find a reminder/introduction to embroidery, including basic stitches and a by-no-means exhaustive list of methods of transferring patterns to fabric in this post (there’s also a good round-up here and another one here).  Finally: if you’ve got suggestions for embroidery patterns you’d like to see, I would love to hear them (no promises, though).  You can find the rest of my patterns under the Embroidery Patterns category.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/19/2011 6:32 PM

    MUCH better than a swan IMO :-}

    • 01/23/2011 1:20 PM

      I agree. Like I said, Swans are jerks. I recall being chased by them repeatedly as a kid.

  2. 01/27/2011 4:47 AM

    I love it, I am a beginner with embroidery so I am going to have ago. Thank you for sharing, I will let you know when I finish.

  3. 04/29/2012 10:57 AM

    Love the pattern, thanks!


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