Friday, 19 November 2010

Something Fishy.....

I knitted Peachy a fish yesterday and filled it with polyester wadding and catnip. He's crazy for the stuff. He was so keen to play with it he was trying to grab it out of my hand whilst I was stitching the eyes and mouth on. I found the free pattern on Ravelry (brilliant website).
It kept him quiet for ages......

......until it was time for a wash. It takes a lot of effort to keep that fur sparkling white :-)

I've been adding transfer foil to the pieces I made with Maggi last week; she kindly gave me some to take home (now I need to find a supplier :-) I've never used this before and was amazed to find you can apply it with Bondaweb, Misty Fuse, FuseFX or glue. All give different effects.... I love it!


 Yet more on the theme of Autumn - this is a piece I did for Kim Klassen's Test Kitchen. Kim gave us the original photo and a tutorial on how to alter it. I did a number of versions and for this particular one I also used a mask/texture free from Jerry  (Shadowhouse Creations).

  "Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains,
                                                   a torch flung to the trees".
                                                          Faith Baldwin

32 comments:

Sandy said...

Lovely photos from your cat with the fish. And your new digital work is brilliant Linda.
Absolutely gorgeous. Love them.

Have a lovely weekend my dear friend.

Jill said...

Another most enjoyable post. Love the art work.
Some cats seem to go mad for catnip and others are indifferent. I had one cat who used to lick anything that had a hint of catnip and he completely destroyed every attempt I made to grow it.

Heather said...

Love Peachy's fish and the pics of him 'killing' it. The foiled design is beautiful - I've got some somewhere but never used it. I wonder where it is?! The autumn tree is gorgeous - Wow, is the word which comes to mind.

La Dolce Vita said...

ah catnip! lovely stuff!! lol
and your transfer foil is really cool, gonna see if I can find it! love that piece you made and your autumn tree is just fabulous! x

ana @ i made it so said...

hi linda, adorable fishy. i love love love ravelry too, what a great resource.

i'm visiting for the first time, from patty's page (magpie's nest). just thought i'd say hello before i go.

oh, also, i'm on ravelry as "imadeitso" :)

happy friday,
ana

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

Love what you did with the green piece and your transfer foil..wonderful tree foto...and of course, one of my favorite cyber kitties,,,the one and only Peachy Vincent attacking his fish...that is a great idea to knit him up a toy like that...keeps him from snooping in your drawers I am sure:)

dosfishes said...

The ravelry folks are amazing, got to meet them at Squam last year and hear all about their marvelous creation. (I was surrounded by rapturous knitters). I am sure kitty enjoys all your attention since she is so clearly loved. The foil give a marvelous effect, The work is fab as usual Linda. xox Corrine

~*~Patty S said...

Peachy must entertain you hours on end ... such a pretty ... I mean "handsome" kitty kat and such a fine fish too!

The touch of gold suits your creativity Linda...really pretty touch!

and you've captured Autumn brilliantly as well!
Happy Friday Dear One
oxo

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh love your transfer foil piece it is beautiful. What a cute little fish. If I was a cat I would love to play with it too.
There are gorgeous patterns in Ravelry. Have to wait to print out some of those as my main computer has crashed and I am working from a laptop. I am not very comfortable with it so I am getting a bit behind with blogs etc.

Janny said...

Beautiful work Linda, even for your cat;o)Ans the Autumnal Art hmmm.

Rein said...

Your fish is lovely!

Doone said...

Hi Linda, sorry I have not been in touch, we suffered a recent loss in our family and i've been just about staying on top of things, I did a linoprint course at the BRT last week, and I'm going to do the sketching course with Nicky in the new year, I will probably take one of Tam's classes on line too, I would also love to take another of your classes - I'll watch the BRT timetble...

hope you are well, all your gorgeous work is just inspiring...

Dx

Jo said...

Aww fishy!! I'm sure dear Peachy loves him!!
Adore you Autumn trees, Linda.... It looks like its been created by Arthur Rackham!!

Hugs xxx

Jacky said...

Looove that transfer foil... and that kitty with his little knitted fish!!! Dont they go crazy for catnip!

Jacky xox

Terri said...

What a fab toy for Peachy!

I love your fiber art, and the addition of the foil is so gorgeous! I can see why you love it so.
Your tree is amazing too, the effects you used give a really good feel for Autumn.
Hugs,
Terri

Jan said...

It is quite obvious that Peachy loves his cat toy! What sweet pictures. My cat couldn't care less for catnip, I tried making him a felted toy filled with catnip and it might as well have been a pinecone or something. How fun for you to discover a new product to use, the foil. I like what you have done with it already, and the tree too. Nice work.

Jaqi said...

><(((&*> hehehe I bet he loved that , Cat nip will get them all excited every time , our cat used to go mad for it.
I got some of that foil from the craft show at Nissan a couple of years ago and I know dainty supplies at washington do it and im sure ive seen it at Fred Aldous too so let me know if you need the contact details for either or both xx

Lori Saul said...

Love your knitted fish and so does your cat! Also love your work with the foil- it adds an earthy texture and glow. Perfect for Autumnal and Holiday pieces. Have a lovely weekend!

Lorraine said...

what a cute fish..I am knitting a blanket out of squares at the moment. love your foiled pieces I got some foil off ebay and it works great but havent used it in a while ..have a good weekend Linda and thanks for all your great comments on my blog

Nancy said...

Your kiddie is adorable and obviously loves the new toy....

Love your pieces with the foil....

Emma said...

Fabulous fish & kitty cat. Isn't foil great? I can't help using it or gold leaf pen or gold leaf flakes on absolutely everything - it's an addiction for sure!

Lynn said...

Cute fishy Linda, and I love your digital work, I must go try that tutorial.

maggi21 said...

Love the gilding on the paper lamination piece, can't wait to see it in person. I wonder how long the mouse will last? He is just so cute that you had better check my bag before I leave on Tuesday! xx

Val said...

Love your foiled piece you started with Maggi (she will know where to get the foil - (Purple Missus - Lynda Monk sells it) The textures in your Autumn Tree are just beautiful Linda.

NazmiƟ Teyze said...

sweety cats:))
http://www.nazmisteyze.com/

*jean* said...

ooo that foil piece is fantastic...is it on fabric?? and i love the kitty pics too...and as usual, i can't believe your anyone's student when it comes to your digi work...stunning..

Catharina Maria said...

Peachy will love your handmade fish, and I think its good stuff for young cats !
Love ♥RINI♥
Do you have snow where you live ?

Judy S. said...

Cute fish and one very happy kitty. Love those leaves!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Linda,
I hope you're well. I wanted to let you know that I shared one of your favorite blog posts on Jenny Doh's Art Saves website. Here is the link: http://blog.crescendoh.com/crescendoh/index.html

Just scroll down to see it.
Cheers!
Holly

Dot said...

I love that transfer foil technique Linda. And catnippy fish is (almost) as cute as Peachy. Dot xx
P.S Ronnie like to ' kill' toilet rolls. Makes me laugh out loud when he does that.

LadyCat said...

The catnip fish is a cute idea & your kitty is adorable.
This is my first visit to your blog...I came by way of Catherine Nolin's blog. I love your work, it is absoultely beautiful. I'm going to browse some more and will be back again : )

Catharina Maria said...

Hallo Linda ,
I hope I have a lovely site for you with textures

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lesbrumes/sets/72157613199718163/with/3252328419/

We are in Spain on this moment and we can not go to Portugal with the caravan , we are in the middle of the MISTRAL .
Love you ♥RINI♥