Too Cute Tuesday – Penguin & Fish Kitty Experiment by Leigh & Olisa

We here at Mr X Stitch love to experiment, so we were thrilled when we were asked to take part in a recent stitching challenge.

Crafty Cat by Olisa Corcoran. Stitched watercolor
Crafty Cat by Olisa Corcoran. Stitched watercolor

Alyssa Thomas, owner and designer of Penguin & Fish, recruited several online embroidery bloggers to give her simple and adorable Here Kitty Kitty patterns our own unique twists. For Mr X Stitch, Leigh Bowser (a.k.a. LeighLaLovesYou) and I offer up our interpretations of the Crafty Kitty and Knitty Kitty patterns here.

Knitty Kitty by Leigh Bowser. Machine embroidery.
Knitty Kitty by Leigh Bowser. Machine embroidery.

I must confess that I very rarely stitch up other people’s designs. And I suspect Leigh doesn’t either. But we both had great fun taking on Alyssa’s pattern and making it our own. Leigh and I approached the pieces from different places. Here are the details.

Crafty Cat by Leigh Bowser. Machine embroidery.
Crafty Cat by Leigh Bowser. Machine embroidery.

Leigh

Leigh decided to base her embroidery on her beloved cat Maple. She used free hand machine embroidery on two layers of unbleached calico. “I changed a few designs elements to fit more with Maple’s personality – I gave the cat a collar and made her quilt portray her favourite mouse toy! Maple slept on her cushion behind my machine which came in useful when stitching her fur,” she said.

Maple modeling for Knitty Kitty.
Maple modeling for Knitty Kitty.

She chose a red and pink pallet so as not to “overpower the pattern with too much colour.”

Crafty Cat by Leigh Bowser.
Crafty Cat by Leigh Bowser.

“I really enjoyed this experiment and the idea of taking someone else’s design/pattern and manipulating it to suit my own style and preferences,” said Leigh. “I think it also shows that it doesn’t have to limited to hand embroidery.”

Olisa

My piece is stitched into watercolor paper. I began by painting the watercolor background and then stitched the fish scales on into the paper. Then I transferred the Crafty Cat design by tracing it on tracing paper, placing it over the painted and scale stitch watercolor and poking holes into the paper with a push pin.

Crafty Cat by Olisa Corcoran.
Crafty Cat by Olisa Corcoran.

For my color pallet I went when my current obsession of yellows, pinks and reds. I wanted the cat to have green fur and for the little quilt to have a pop of blue.

Crafty Cat. Watercolor embroidery by Olisa Corcoran.
Crafty Cat. Watercolor embroidery by Olisa Corcoran.

I made it for a friend’s daughter’s bedroom wall. The finished piece is 5 “x5” and it’s matted and framed in a white 8”x8” frame.

The Tour
Isn’t it amazing how different all of our approaches have been to the same simple pattern? Be sure to check out the rest of the experiments. Tour dates below!

Tuesday, April 29 Penguin & Fish Introduction (penguinandfish.com)
Wednesday, April 30 While She Naps (whileshenaps.com)
Thursday, May 1 Follow the White Bunny (followthewhitebunny.com)
Monday, May 5 Wild Olive
Tuesday, May 6 Mr. X Stitch
Wednesday, May 7 Feeling Stitchy (feelingstitchy.com)
Thursday, May 8 Shiny Happy World (shinyhappyworld.com)
Friday, May 9 Penguin & Fish Wrap Up (penguinandfish.com)

The Pattern

Here Kitty Kitty patterns by Penguin & Fish.
Here Kitty Kitty patterns by Penguin & Fish.

The pdf version of the two patterns are available now on penguinandfish.com for US$6.00, with paper versions coming in late June.

Go on, give it a try.

Too Cute Tuesdays are brought to you in association with our friends over at Feeling Stitchy!

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Olisa
Olisa Corcoran is a stitch artist and blogger living in Durham, NC. She speaks fluent Nuyorican and always keeps her dial turned to 11.
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