Until I remembered that postage costs a lot to cross the big pond! Deary me, my desire for selvedge scraps and bits of fabrics had shown no bounds! ...but I had a few thoughts about how I could show my appreciation...
..... and then I pulled out the selvedges! Masses and masses of wonderfully coloured 'spots'! Aaah - selvedge spots - just like a printers test page but on fabric! So many spots, so many creative opportunities ....
Tasha with her one good eye and one not-so-good. Very striking markings on her! I have learnt that 'torties' (tortoiseshells) have lots of 'tortitude'!
So as a thank you to Katie, I knew that she loves watercolours and adores her cats, I decided to paint the trio and make them their very own soft sculptures for their personal collections.
Please meet baby feline Francheski. Francheski is a Russian Blue, but he doesn’t make a big thing about it, and most people think that it is some type of cheese anyway. He just loves being the centre of attention and will spend hours plotting up ways to steal the limelight. However, on the rare occasion that he manages to sneak into the sewing room he likes to be as quiet as a mouse so that he can do some plastic bag kneading and selvedge strip chewing. He usually has bits of selvedge stuck onto his fur after an exhilarating session, but he likes to pretend that they are insects and he was no-where near ‘that’ room!
Please meet baby feline Dobshzhe. Dobshzhe is a very handsome ginger and he likes nothing better than to nap after a big meal. He prefers to nap anywhere, on any thing, at any time. However when he is awake he likes to peruse the fabrics in the sewing room. He has kept this a secret and pretends to ‘play’ with his feline toys and whack them high into the air but he is really practicing for grabbing selvedge strips. He has a small secret collection of selvedge spot scraps that he likes to stick on his fur (a thing he has from when he was furless in parts), but what he really wants is a small scrapbook to be able to stick them all in and look at them.
He prefers to lie snugly on a small quilt, irrespective of the finishing of the miters, and to take many deep naps.
Please meet baby feline Tashenka. Tashenka just loves to chew plasic bags, especially the ones in the sewing room. The other day she sneaked in there and spent hours chewing and sucking on the plastic – so much so, that before she knew it, she was gnawing on the selvedge strips, making small squeaks and chirps. And being covered in foamy saliva they stuck onto her fur good and fast. When she was finally ‘discovered’ she was fast asleep amid the crinkly, tooth-marked mis-shapen bags with selvedge spots clinging all over her tortie fur.