To complete the project, you’ll need to understand how to do a blanket stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch and fly stitch.
1″ pin back
2 green glass beads (about 1/4″)
Embroidery floss: black, brown, orange, gold, light green
Wool felt: 2-1/4″ x 2″ pink, 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ blue, 1-1/4 x 1-1/2″ orange
Cut out shapes from wool felt: orange for the cat, blue for the middle layer and pink for the bottom layer.
Sew the pin back to the bottom layer with floss or sewing thread.
Satin stitch the cat’s nose with double strands of orange floss. With brown floss, stitch the bottom end of the cat’s nose.
Stitch the mouth and whiskers with double strands of brown floss. Sew the green bead eyes onto the cat face with black floss, stitching vertically to make the eye’s pupil. Stitch an outline around the bead eyes with a single strand of brown floss. With a double strand of gold floss, use a fly stitch to make cat’s stripes.
With double strands of orange floss, stitch the cat face to the blue middle piece, blanket stitching all around the outside edge of the cat face.
With a single strand of light green floss, chain stitch the curlique on the blue felt, above the cat face. Then, with double strands of light green floss, blanket stitch the blue middle section onto the pink piece.
With sharp picking shears, trim around the outside edge of the pink felt piece. You’re finished!
Salley Mavor grew up in a household full of treasures and creative ideas in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She learned to sew as a child and has been playing with a needle and thread ever since. At home, there were always art supplies close at hand and a sense that time was available for creative pursuit. Drawing with crayons was never enough for Salley. She remembers feeling that her work was not finished until something real was glued, stapled or sewn to it.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Mavor has illustrated many children’s books using her unique blend of materials and sewing techniques, including the classic Mary Had a Little Lamb. Her craft how-to book, entitled Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects, includes directions and patterns for making a variety of wee folk dolls. The original fabric relief artwork from her newest children’s book, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes will be exhibited in a traveling show for 3 years. Ms. Mavor lives with her husband, Rob Goldsborough and their sons, Peter and Ian, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.