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Lord Ozwald
« on: April 22, 2012 01:36:48 PM »

My Mom's birthday was this month. Ever since I was 15, I've been rescuing pets, mostly cats. We had never been "cat people." But nearly 15 years later, I've adopted 5 cats and she and my dad have adopted 7 (and fostered several others).

Now 65 and about to retire, I think it's time she embrace her "Crazy Cat Lady" status. This gift a nudge in that general direction.



The image I based this on was found in a meandering Google search for "cat stack" or "cat pile." Like I said... meandering.

I did the cats in a simple split stitch using 6 threads of sequential colors of pink-to-purple from whatever brand of embroidery floss I have. The whiskers and noses are just simple back stitch in a single thread of black. I'd love to say the eyes are French knots, but no... I just did a tight "+" using 6 threads.

Close up of the kitties at the bottom of the totem pole.



The frame was a $1 find at the thrift store. Gorgeous, except the back prongs were missing. So rather than tape the back down I decided to turn to my good friend, hot glue, to secure things.



Hope you like it! My mom loves pink (hence the color choices) and cats (obviously) so I think it's a shoe-in.
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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012 02:17:44 PM »

Cats creep me out a bit, but these cats I love! They have such a plumpness that is so pleasing, and the sort of dip-dye effect of your thread choices is just so perfect.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012 03:51:54 PM »

ACK! So cute! They are so pudgy!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2012 04:49:19 PM »

Very cute indeed. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2012 05:43:29 PM »

This is adorable!
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2012 09:15:05 PM »

My only disappointment in this piece is that the curves weren't as smooth as I would have liked. Then again, I was working on canvas and usually quite late at night (after the kiddo went to bed).

Thanks for all the compliments. Hopefully my needleworking skills will improve with practice...
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012 06:22:32 AM »

This is super cute! I'm a crazy cat lady too, and I approve of this piece Smiley The color gradation is very nice - I'm sure your mom will love it!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2012 07:41:45 AM »

I love it! I also love saying "cat stack" now  Cheesy Thanks for posting  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2012 12:43:33 PM »

That is so cute!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2012 06:23:46 PM »

Cuuuute!  I love the colours you used.   Smiley
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