I'm loving my new feisty, loving and staunchly loyal "gaze" of raccoons.
I thought they would be best mates with these bunnies I made a wee while back but it seems they are quite independent, and to be honest find the bunnies a bit too quiet for their liking. They prefer a bit of rough and tumble and seem be on the lookout for mischief...
Here is a little view of how they come together on my work table. Firstly I cut and sew the basic shape from off-cuts of blankets used to make my children's woolen coats.
Here they are all turned out the right way ready for stuffing. I use really small woolen scraps to make my stuffing. You probably won't believe me when I tell you that as I cut out my children's coats I have two bags for scraps. One is critter scraps and the other is critter stuffing scraps!
The wool from the stuffing bag I cut up into even tinier pieces - I do this so the critters feel nice and smooth and not lumpy. I like that the raccoons are stuffed with 100% wool and it means once again that I am not letting anything go to waste :)
I needle felt their masks and eyes on, embroider a simple face and use the edges of blankets (left over from other endeavors) for their cute little scarves.
Voila! Some very fiddly, incredibly time consuming but oh so lovable raccoons.
You will find them from time to time in my shop as and when I make a wee batch :)