Sunday, 29 August 2010

ground works ....getting our very own skip for the bank holiday weekend ...

back a bit - back a bit ....



Adam = the thinker!



but despite trying to bend the lorry round the wall, it's not going to fit!



so it goes down in the street ...



it's still about old shed new shed - its also about a wider driveway. And I only drive a Hyundai GETZ 1.1!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

tiger tiger ....WIP

the foam dome is covered in fabric here
this helps me in marking symmetry ...



but it doesn't really look very tigery to me - more like a bear!
or chip and dale?



so i changed the forehead and shortened the muzzle ...



and also the slope of the nose ... and the angle of those ears ...



and Daisy, loves him ....

Friday, 27 August 2010

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Plush Team Virtual Book Tour: Day 7, with the Raggy Rat!


I am still really proud and excited to be part of this inspiring Plush-team publication...



This very special raggy rat, named Tia, found her way into my chosen photos, as she has unique markings. She is also one of a line of plush rats I began to make in 1996 ...



This is not our dinner on the dining table, where i also work, by the way! This is partly puppet, partly soft sculpture and also perhaps part pyjama case, and shows that i like to work both big and small ...



and sandy appears in the book, one of my favourite one-off pieces, with a lovely ratty face. I had fun dyeing the gingham and the mohair in tea, and fitting in those cheerful red wheels!



Do you have a copy of the Plush Team book?
Find out more at the Plushteam Etsy Shop...If you bring your copy to my open studio even I will sign it for you :-)



Hey Stitchy - Don't eat the book!

Monday, 23 August 2010

old shed, new shed ....

space at the top of the garden for a new shed ...



view from the wooden half of my odd, garage extension shed ...



one long shed, two doors, and an odd bit in the middle ...



this should be the guttering, for my garage ... who knew!



all levelled off now, with incinerator foundations dug out, and a tree stump chewed to bits ...



an early morning delivery from the granby ... and us still in our pyjamas!



Adam has made short work of turning the old shed into bricks again ...



old bricks - locally produced hardcore!



Ian telling me another rude story ...



the rough with the smooth, adding the top layer of concrete for the new shed base ...



stay tuned for more 'house work' in raggy rat land ...

Saturday, 21 August 2010

WIP - fursuit tiger head is my next project ....

snip snip ....



not used a green balaclava before, here I am using paper to make sure the head us symmetrical ...



building the foam dome!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The moment you have all been waiting for ....


Dorset Seafood Festival 2010 - Lobster Lady!
Originally uploaded by dorsetbays

no, not annother pic of me as a lobster, although, i have to say i think this one is the best! ....

It's the fact that the ARTWEY 2010 brochures roll off the presses and into Olivia's hands for sharing, today!

Who wants one?

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Discovery.... art work ....

some time ago I painted this image from some photographs I took at my friends farm ...This is her sheepdog Jess, and a few of the sheep ...



We ate a lot of my friends eggs, and I decided to use the image to make an egg box lable ...the text was chosen because it reminded me of egg boxes in my childhood, just a feeling, a hint of memory!



I recently found the painting, and presented it to my friend over a lunchtime sandwich. The still have the farm, but no longer sell eggs.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Another plush seagull for Artwey ...

After Jonathan Livingston was adopted at Artwey 'Spirit of the Sea', I decided to make a new seagull, especially since Ed Hintze was so upset ...

mixing textures ... in need of stuffing ...



quilting foam to create feathers/shape ...



here the tail is resting on the fabric i chose for the birds beak, yellow, but not too yellow!



The seagull of 'The Song of the Sea' on-a-stick ...



Hide your chips!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Workshop and Coffee morning - all ages!



Winfrith Village Hall
Tuesday 17th August 2010
10.30 until midday

COFFEE MORNING

Come and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and cake featuring Cat’s workshop - making charming creatures from Socks and Gloves!

Bring a pair of knitted socks or gloves
Scissors, needles, thread.

Acrylic stuffing and instructions, provided.



I will bring along classic red-healed socks, and sock monkeys - some in pieces !

And the sock donkeys made for Matty and Daisy ...



Plus a sock elephant or two, to inspire!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

More on Flowers the Lion ...


I have been teasing you a lot recently, so here, with his story at this link... is more about Flowers!

look out for an opportunity to vote in the latest Plushteam Challenge, soon!

Thursday, 5 August 2010