I was saying, in my last post, that my rabbit design - originally made in cotton - lost some definition when made in mohair. I have been thinking more about this. Making them in cotton would recapture that definition - but for me, cotton tends to be a little light-weight, even using interfacing. The seams pull and wrinkle more easily than sturdier fabrics like mohair, and it is more difficult to close the openings neatly. Maybe I'm just spoilt, using mohair - as I've said before, it's a fantastic fabric to work with, but I'm not sure customers always hold bears in higher regard for the fact that they're made out of mohair.
I would like to try a cotton rabbit - although I may increase the size, so I'm not fiddling around with tiny, tiny seams. In the meantime though, I have stopped at a halfway house, with Henry! Henry is made in cashmere - the smoothest, softest, silkiest fabric - perfect for rabbits, particularly their faces.
The first picture below is the most representative in terms of his colour, but I have lightened the rest of them slightly so that the details are properly visible.
I love him to bits - I think he's turned out really, really well.
My bear-on-all-four-feet isn't going so well. I was hoping to make a version of him for the gallery in Coggeshall, but I think it's going to have to be rabbits for the moment. We'll see how the cotton one turns out.