So, to begin, this is how it all starts...
I used a circle for my pattern, cutting it down
|Heavy weight interfacing|
to the portion I needed to give an interesting body shape.
I use a heavy-weight interfacing to give form and structure
and I iron this onto the linen, or whatevery fabric I'm
going to use - I never bother to pin iron-on interfacing by
the way. Why make extra work!
|My selection of embroidery threads|
patch, for which I use recycled felt; made from old
plastic bottles and this is stitched into place with
embroidery thread. I like to use different shades and it's
surprising what a subtle difference the colour of a thread
can have on the whole effect.
|Some of my fabrics|
sift through my fabrics to choose just the right one to
create something that is pleasing to the eye.
I enjoy using cottons, as there is so much choice in pattern.
I use a medium-weight interfacing to strengthen any fabric
I'm going to applique - and it stops fraying.
So this is how I begin to assemble materials I will use in the
making of one of my cats. It's a process which has become as
much a part of my life now as cleaning my teeth before bed!
But I enjoy it tremendously and it's always exciting to watch
these inanimate objects take on a personality.
Next time, I'll show you how this process evolves and some
of the new ideas I've been experimenting with.
Now for the moment you've all been waiting for; my new Blog feature, Pinboard
I've chosen a very tallented maker as my first crafter and I'm sure great things are
destined for her.
I first came across the delightful baby shoes of Momatuvi whilst visiting the Folksy
forums and only wished I had a small pair of feet to fit into them!