Shelly Cat ~ Textile Picture

shelleycattextile19july_03This is a textile picture I made for a friend, Catherine. I wanted to send her some cheer because of feeling poorly – and it was a surprise gift; a very personal gift too as it is of Shelly her and her husband Jim’s beloved cat.

shelleycattextile19july_04I met Shelly briefly whilst they visited and stayed with me, in their caravan in our front garden. Jim who also has a classic Sunbeam motorcycle had contacted me with enthusiasm to help restore my British Classic. Because there was – unbeknown to me – much to do to get my motorbike on the road they ended up staying over three nights!

My mum has many of her own textile wallhangings in the house and these were greatly admired by Catherine and Jim, so I thought why not make Catherine a smaller similar picture?

Ollie, their feisty cute Chihuahua puppy was another possible personality but I thought of Shelly’s beautiful big blue eyes – and the large amount of lilac felt would lend well for creating her body and face.

The picture itself has 2 layers of white felt with padding inbetween – I lightly quilted these 3 layers together with hand embroided stitches in white. Felt – lilac, white, red and blue – are the main materials used; the picture and hanger are decorated with embroidery threads, a little purple-black voile (to layer the red felt of the cushion), and an assortment of plastic and glass beads: round, cubed, hearted and flowered. If you look in the bottom-right corner you can see a blue ladybird too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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An Owl, A Gargoyle, And A Christmas Garland

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A quicky post ๐Ÿ˜‰ showing just a couple of the things I designed, crafted, painted and sewed over the Christmas period.

Above is the Owl Cushion I made for my mum. This was one of her Christmas presents. The inspiration came from noticing an abundance of smallish, flatish owl cushions on the ‘net…I said to myself, wouldn’t that be fun to make!

Mum loves this colourful cushion – and it was loads of fun to make.

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Above: The Gargoyle I designed and made out of polymer clay, painted with acrylic paints and finished in a glossy varnish. This little fellow was one of the Christmas gifts I gave to my fiance.

Gargoyles are said to offer protection against evil spirits – despite their un-pretty appearance! But I think this one is rather cute, don’t you?

I will be adding the other photos I took of the Gargoyle to another post, which shows different angles ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Above: the Christmas Garland I made. The wonderful shapes of the robin, reindeer and snowflake are pre-cut-out plywood shapes bought from a seller on ebay. There are many others (it was difficult to choose!). I painted the shapes before hanging them via paperclips on a green organza ribbon, that was strung across the fireplace.

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And now we have spring with Easter on the horizon! I wonder what crafts that will bring? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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