Category: toymaking

distractions

There are always just so many distractions around here. They’re fun distractions but goodness it’s hard to get anything done quickly. Of course my primary distraction is a little blond haired, blue eyed boy. But there are others too, like this bunny. Or is it a hare?

He’s so unlike anything I’ve made before. I used some scraps of mohair I’ve been keeping safe for such a project and a sample of linen I naturally dyes last summer with walnut hulls.

One evening last week I crept down the stairs once our boy was asleep full of courage to have a go at a project that’s been bubbling in my mind for over a year. The result was this little fellow. I made him from start to finish (drafting the pattern and all) that evening. He’s a bit rough and ready, mainly because it took me more attempts than I’d like to admit to get his limbs and ears sewn in the right way and his head joint is a little on the loose side. But I learnt so much working on this project, most importantly the importance of play in the creative process. And the sense of achievement was immense. It was such fun to work from nothing to something, drafting out the pattern, cutting out the pieces, stitching & unpicking, stitching & unpicking until he was finally finished. He feels like a gauge swatch in rabbit form, bringing the seed of an idea to fruition. The pattern still needs a bit of work and the final result is a bit rough & ready…but he reminds me so much of the little folk I used to make as a child. And we already love him…