These beautiful custom cat portraits are free-hand machine embroidered by the very talented Leigh Bowser. Free-hand machine embroidery involves lowering the feed dogs on a sewing machine and then moving the fabric around so that the needle ‘draws’ an image in thread – a very tricky technique to master, which gives beautiful results.
Leigh produces 7 x 5 inch portraits, and custom embroidered patches/brooches, from photographs sent to her by customers of their cats (and other pets).
Leigh’s custom cat portraits are available from her UK Etsy shop, LeighLaLovesYou, priced at £40.00 for a 5 x 7 Custom Pet Portrait and £18.00 for a Custom Pet Patch/Brooch.
If you’re thinking of ordering one of these portraits as a Christmas pressie for the cat lover in your life, Leigh asks that you message her directly upon purchase (there’s an option to do this when you buy on Etsy). And get a move on, as there’s up to a four week turnaround between ordering and delivery: these portraits are time-consuming to make, and, as Leigh points out, she is ‘just one woman and her sewing machine’!
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday with its origins in Mexico, which takes place on 1st and 2nd November. The festivities are focused around remembering and celebrating dead family members and friends, and many people choose to honour their loved ones by building altars. These altars hold offerings of food, drink and clothes as gifts for the deceased, and are beautifully decorated with flowers, candles and sugar skulls.
I very much like the idea of celebrating the lives of lost loved ones rather than dwelling on their departure; so in honour of Dia de los Muertos, here’s a selection of lovely sugar skull cats available from UK Etsy sellers.
Sugar Skull Black Cat Necklace (above) by Dolly Cool – £7.74
1. Sugar Skull Black Cat Earrings by Dolly Cool – £5.16
2. Day of the Dead Cat Art Print by Ella Goodwin – £14.45
3. Cat Bird Pendant by Ella Goodwin – £10.32
4. Colourful Sugar Skull Cat Keyring by Doodlecats – £4.00
5. Colourful Sugar Skull Cat Necklace by Doodlecats – £8.00
Today is National Black Cat Day, an annual event here in the UK, organised by Cats Protection to draw attention to the plight of black (and black and white) cats, who are the least popular colours of cat, and consequently spend far longer in rescue centres waiting for adoption than other more eye-catching felines.
In celebration of National Black Cat Day I’ve rounded up a collection of black cat goodies for your perusal……
Top: Black Magic Rescue limited edition screen print £65.00 from Mad Old Cat Lady (Available in a range of colours.)
1. The marvellously named Fat Cat Bum Chase cushion by Nia Gould. £24.95 from Ohh Deer.
2. Black Cat Hair Grips. £2.00 from NeonBlackOnline UK Etsy shop.
3. Cat Hook. Wall mounted hooks (one on each foot) £14.00 from Hunkydory Home.
4. Flensted Cats Mobile. £12.95 from Hus & Hem.
5. Geo Cat Brooch by Custom Made. £11.00 from Not On The High Street.
6. Black Cat Double Oven Gloves. £14.95 from Velvet Brown.
We all have days when it seems only our cats possess the ability to truly relate to us. But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal to feel that way; someone’s even designed a typographic art print, in a range of lovely colours, which celebrates the empathic powers of our feline friends. Continue reading
‘Dogs have owners, cats have staff’ is a phrase every cat servant can relate to. So why not go public with the pecking order in your household and stick one of these on the wall? Continue reading
It may seem as if we’re in the grip of a Narnia-style eternal winter, with no benevolent lion to guide us to the sunshine, but summer is on its way. (Yes it is, I tell you!) So in a couple of months time, when we’re all moaning about how bloody hot it is, a lovely cat t-shirt will be just what’s required. Continue reading