Friday, February 24, 2012

Felt Menagerie

The owl and pussycat now have company.  I made the gray kitty for a friend of mine who recently lost one of her cats.  I personalized it by embroidering the cat's name onto a heart (which is the same color and shape as the tag he wore).  My friend's birthday was coming up and I thought this would make a nice little present for her (and give me more practice making these).  After finishing that project I began to work on the puppy dog pattern (from and realized that it looked just like this same friend's dog!   I added his tag and presented them both to her this week.  I think she liked them.

This got me to thinking about creating one of these that would replicate my dogs which are of the Shih Tzu variety and have mask faces (as do other breeds).  It took me a while to figure out how to do the ears but eventually I prevailed and voila, another dog.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Owl & The Pussycat

Recently I was hunting online for fabric and wool felt.  As always happens, one link leads to another and voila! I found some kindred spirits at  These talented ladies make all kinds of cool crafts besides felt items and best (kindest) of all: they share their patterns and how-to's.  

I immediately had to make the Kitty Doorstop.  Now, I'm no master stitching person.  I sort of do my own thing when it comes to that.  I know how to do some stitches, such as a chain stitch, I just don't wanna sometimes.  And because this was my first attempt at such a project, I'm a little wary of showing you the end result.  But here he is:

After tackling this project I of course was ready to take on the Owl doorstop.  I had to do my own thing with regards to his face, though theirs was cute too.

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