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December 12, 2018

Cat Bullet

Octo progress

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 9:57 am

As of last night, I finished tracing the Octopus. Boy that took a long time!!


The backing/foundation material that was recommended has a rough texture and is hard to trace onto.   My pencil kept poking through.  Nonetheless,  I persisted and finally got everything traced.      I can’t show the whole thing because I want to respect the artist’s copyright, but you can see how convoluted it is.

I found that tracing the suckers (circles) was oddly soothing.   Weird.

My next step, I think, is not in the directions.  Because the foundation material is kind of translucent, I have a  hard time seeing it up on the design wall OR on my white work table.   So, I think I’m going to mark the edge with a colored marker so that I can better estimate the visual proportions of the entire piece.    The edges will be eventually buried under layers of fabric, so it really doesn’t matter (in my opinion), if I add some extra marking at this point.

After that point, it will be time to start putting down the fabrics for the background.   They are mostly aqua, with a greyish/brown emphasis.   Some are more blue. Very water-esque.  It will be interesting to see if I have any stash materials to enhance the selection. I don’t tend to collect aqua all that much.


Onwards and upwards.   Though, to be honest, I’m not sure an octopus would be very comfortable going “upwards.”   They like to lurk in the depths.

Or am I thinking of Giant Squids?



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December 7, 2018

Cat Bullet

Poor Blog

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 12:39 pm

Poor, long abandoned blog.


I’m surprised that it hasn’t wasted away entirely…

Have been really busy at work on top of computer problems reported earlier.   But, happy to say, the computer issue(s) seem to be sorted and today is my last day of having students around, so YAY!     I will still have lots of work to do in the interim period, but let’s be honest…  it is much easier to get things clean and organized when there aren’t hordes of other people around.

I’ve done nothing, really, with regards to crafting.  Other than purchasing… I’m still good at that!   I wasn’t really planning on buying any more kits because I really wanted to head out in my own direction with my own designs.  That determination lasted until this was on the market…

How could I possibly be able to resist such a wonderful project?!?!?!

I haven’t been able to work on it much.  I did open it up and press/steam the fabrics. They are beautiful.

I love all the circles/dots that they provided for the suckers on the tentacles.

They included several sea creature motifs to add extra interest (sea turtles, fish, mermaids).  Of course, I added a few from my own stash…

I’ve been working on getting the fabrics applied to the fusible.     It will take a while.  Once the fabrics are all applied, then I’ll need to cut out “interesting shapes.”    That will be fun!

My personal opinion is that the range of fabrics that they provided for the octopus itself is rather limited.  They are really pretty, but all nearly the same value.   So, I will definitely be enhancing the selection from my stash.  Just because I can…

I bought her suggested base material, she calls it “pattern ease.”  I’m not sure what it is, but the closest I can describe it is interfacing with out the iron-on sticky part.   It had some creases in it which were somewhat difficult to iron out, but I eventually persevered.      I also had to iron the octopus pattern (the only thing you get is the outline of the octopus – the rest of the design is left up to your own imagination).     It took me several days of moving the pattern around behind the base material until I found what I considered to be the optimal placement.   I’ve been working on tracing it in the evenings (a little bit at a time).   There are a LOT of tentacles to trace!!!

So, it will be a really fun, but long-term project.   At least the progress photos, once they start, will be fun to post, eh?

I’ll leave you now with a fun picture of our oldest and newest family members…

Glory seems to have settled in well, right?






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