John needs a new cloak, so I’m trying to wrestle four plates of grey squirrel into something like this one
I have to get four two foot by four foot plates of fur into one large one.
when Gareth caught me hoovering the living roo rug, he asked, “are you cutting out? You must be cutting out because you wouldn’t be hoovering otherwise”
The fur I’m using is ethically sourced grey squirrels from culls, because the only good grey squirrel is a dead grey squirrel( at least in the uk, where they’re pretty much committing genocide against the native reds). Since they’re not useful members of society whilst alive I see no reason they shouldn’t be useful dead. We could actually do with a tree rat cull in these parts, I see at least one every time I look out of the window.
I’m glad I can get ethically sourced fur now. You can never get enough recycled stuff to make large useful things, and although I don’t mind cannibalising cheap bunny fur coats from the seventies I’d rather not cut up any decent old coats because they’re too nice as historical pieces in themselves. I’ve never considered fake fur an option, I’d rather use no fur than fake. Fake looks fake, the individual hairs are too thick, the blunt cut ends don’t shine, and fake fur doesn’t move ( watch ginger Rogers dance in fur, and see the way it dances with her) you can tell the difference between real and fake a hundred feet away just by the movement. Also, fake fur, well it’s not exactly earth friendly and biodegradable, what with being made from petrochemicals.
anyway, I pondered for weeks how to best manage the nap of the fur for this. Geoffrey’s fur seems to flow down from the shoulder so I decided that for a half circle cloak the pelts would need to flow out from a central seam. Trimming the pelts to a straight line seemed to me that it would make a rather ugly line, plus it would waste a good bit of expensive fur ( this thing is costing £500 in materials, so least waste the better), so I’ve been sewing the pelts interlocked.
As you can see I’ve laid them out flat and I’m hand stitching them, trimming as a go along for a good fit ( I’ll sew the straight edges on the machine). It’s very slow work and I’m getting very very bored with the pesky dead vermins.
however, I think it’s worth the effort
In other news I’m currently reading john bradshaws book, the name of the cat. He reckons that some recent feline behavioural studies have focused on cats understanding of physics and engineering. Unsurprisingly enough, these studies tend to conclude that your average kitty in the street has remarkably poor grasp of these subjects. However, it does explain why branston has repeatedly dismantled Gareth’s printer- he is obviously trying to expand feline knowledge of printer engineering. My cats a genius.