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Maneki Neko Japanese Good Luck Cat Biscornu

Antique Sewing
I designed this one after I'd found the buttons at a local fabric store. I had to do something to match those cute buttons! Based on my experience of two trips to Japan, I picked repeated maneki neko (beckoning cat) and pink sakura (cherry blossom) patterns.







Cross-posted to cross_stitch. Available for sale at Etsy.com.

EDITED TO ADD: I've been asked this a couple of times now, so I thought I'd make it public: the buttons are by H.A. Kidd and I bought them at FabricLand (although I believe that Zellers carries them too, or they used to). You can find the listing on the H.A. Kidd website here.

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florentinescot
Oct. 10th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
These are just too cool! I'm not quite sure how I stumbled onto your journal -- may have been a link off one of my other friends journals, but *wow*

About how long does it take you to do one of those? My brain is busy running around saying "we can do this" and "we can do that" and ....
own_two_hands
Oct. 10th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
They don't take long at all to do; I guess it really depends on the pattern that you use for the embroidery. Most biscornu patterns that I've seen are about 35 x 35 stitches and not too complex design-wise, but since you can use whatever pattern you want, it really depends. So far I haven't made one that's taken more than six hours to embroider and they all take about an hour to make into a little pillow.

If you're interested, I've translated some instructions from a French/Italian site, and I've also got a tip for easier assembly. Good luck! And I'm always interested in seeing finishes, so you're welcome to post a finished pic in a comment to one of my entries when you're done. :)
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