…my true love gave to me: a triumvirate of cats for the tree!
Back when I got my first cat – that is, my first cat I adopted on my own as an apparently responsible-looking adult, and not a carryover from my childhood – I celebrated her first Christmas by buying one of those commemorative yearly ornaments from Hallmark, and slipped her picture into it to give to my mom. Aawww! Grandkitten’s first Christmas!
By the next year, she had a younger sister, and this meant either a) Photoshopping the two into the same picture, or b) being lucky enough to get a shot where they were sitting side-by-side and not trying to beat the living crap out of one another. And then a few years after that, my parents adopted their own furry bundle of joy. It seemed weird to give them an ornament with a picture of my cats but not one with theirs, so yay, Photoshop! Also, some of Hallmark’s offerings had been not-so-cute over the years, so there had been a year or two with no ornament from the furkids.
This year, I decided to do something completely custom and stitch an ornament for each cat. I found these patterns on Etsy and knew I could make them work:
Of course, the markings aren’t quite right, so I had to change the patterns up a little bit. My muses (or mew-ses)?
Yes, apparently he’s offended by the pink sparkly ball on the Christmas tree. I’ve given up trying to understand him.
For the most part, I altered the patterns as I went along without a point of reference, but the black-and-white has such asymmetrical markings that I used a picture to make sure she looked right immortalized in thread.
I didn’t use a ton of backstitch, partly to expedite the process and partly to keep them more organic-looking and less cartoonish. They’re framed in 3″ wooden embroidery hoops painted gold, and ready to be displayed.
Thanks for looking – 11 days to go! 🙂