Topsell, a stylish Gentleman

Topsell the 17th c Cat

Topsell the 17th c Cat


I’ve very pleased with my interpretation of the original woodprint :

topsell_originalI didn’t get his eyes right….I’m beginning to think that, never mind all the various techniques in embroidery, it’s faces that are the hardest thing to do!

I had made his thigh a little large (that area of light stitching).  I was really reluctant to frog it, since it’s 1 over tent stitch on 38 count. Lesley U, my mentor, suggested that I use Jo Sonya craft paint, lightly, to cover over the area. It worked rather well.  I used plain water (Jo Sonya paint is soluble in water) to blur the lines of paint over the several colours of stitching in that area.

The linen distorted pretty badly. I didn’t think blocking would help – Topsell is one solid piece of stitching! I’ve cut the edges straight – and the right edge is coming in really close to the shadow at the bottom there.  I’ve decided that I’m going to cut him out and do him as a slip on a background, re-stitching his whiskers and the shadows under him.  Now to decide what I want to use as a background…….


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8 Responses
  1. Sweet! Will you iron fuseable webbing on the back to hold him together?

  2. Francesca says:

    He is beautiful !!

  3. Sue Jones says:

    What a handsome chap he is! I think he should be on a rich velvet cushion.

  4. Megan says:

    Oooo, that’s inspiration for me to think about when picking his background today…..

  5. Rachel says:

    That’s the second time I’ve wondered whether Sue is psychic – I was going to say, surely he needs a velvet cushion, fine fellow that he is!

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