Thank you for joining me on another Friday Flashback.
This week I am bringing you a really cool collection, which is still a great seller today. The Cats Meow.
I was a little bored, and looking for something quick to achieve, and when I found this artwork, I knew I had found my next project.
The Cats Meow is a collection of 15 different cat designs, which are so quick to stitch, you will be amazed.
Created in a basic redwork style stitching, these cats are so quirky and fun, it is impossible to look at them without a smile on your face.
Each of these cats was digitised to sit in a 4×4”, or 10cm square frame. I initially attempted to make these guys larger, but I found that the fun aspect of them didn’t transfer into the larger designs, with way too much “white” space between the redwork.
Initially, I created the Cats Meow collection to use the designs on a series I was creating using blanks to embroider. I took a set of cocktail napkins, and embroidered the cats in the middle, before zigzagging the napkins together and stitching ribbon to cover the joins.
I have had a customer a few years ago tell me that she uses these designs often, and has decorated the edges of her kitchen curtains with these cats.
One of the tricks which I have learnt with redwork, is to not actually stitch in black. Generally I will stitch in a very dark brown colour, and with these little darlings, I used the darkest burgundy I could find, which still makes them POP, but stops it from being too harsh.
Another trick, when you are looking at small designs, is to consider using them along with other embroideries, for instance, these cats would sit perfectly inside my Cathederal window designs, giving another level of interest to the design.
Initially when I created this gorgeous Cats Meow collection, we gave away the first design in this collection as a freebie. You can access this design HERE. As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are also offering a second Cats Meow design as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.