I'd assume that Owl's have been popular forever. I mean, seriously, who doesn't like an owl? But, I think with the popularity of Macrame in the 1960's, the owl became a natural; the colors so perfect for the jute cords. And, where macrame went, you can bet the crochet fiber artists were sure to follow. #Among the most popular of craft patterns for the time period were the Mail Order Designs starting in the late 60's. It was easy marketing, reaching the entire country through newspapers. Here's a couple examples: #
Design 672 - Crocheted Pillow
in two sizes. A shell stitch beauty, the pillow and owl are worked separately and joined. Do you see the resemblance between these two .... yep, same owl. This is very frequent with mail order patterns; variations of the same design.
Design 496 - Crocheted Hot Plate Mat
in two sizes - 9 x 11 and 7 x 8. I've no doubt you could also attach a hook to the back and create colorful kitchen wall hangings with these as well.
Are there more? Of course there are. And, as I get them reworked for the shop, I'll come back and add them in.
Thanks for dropping by,