I was exploring a new media, which was to lead me into all sorts of unexplored territory, before I finally settled on the collectable cats I make today!
I sourced my fabrics from the charity shops on my doorstep, as they were cheap and easily accessible - plus it was nice to feel I was giving something back.
'T' shirts were an interesting buy, as they came in a variety of flesh colours and inspired my early makes of little characters. I had the most enormous fun making these!
I really learned a lot of new needle skills making these little people. I worked entirely by hand, as the projects were too small to use a sewing machine on, especially an electric one.
The fabric had to be eased through the fingers gently and my stitching had to be tiny - there was little room for mistakes, or it would stand out like a sore thumb!
I gradually developed an eye for design, texture and colour; the skills I would need to compete in my chosen market.
Although I loved making these small characters, they were clearly not going to be viable as a product to market; it took me all day to make just one figure and who would be prepared to pay the £20 at least I would want?
It was back to the drawing board!
With my new skills sharpened and enthusiasm bubbling, I felt ready to come up with a design I could market.
My motto has always been 'Keep it Simple'. That has remained my mantra when designing my collectable cats.
I base my patterns on simple shapes that are easy to assemble and recreate.
|Trivial Travels Cat|
All that style evolution has finally led to this little guy - the latest in my range of Trivial Travels Cats.
I'm really enjoying making these heavily appliqued cats.
I always strengthen my appliqued fabrics with some fusible interfacing. It gives structure and stops a lot of fraying - although I like to see the odd fibre here and there, as it adds interest.