My new website can be found at http://www.quernuscrafts.co.uk/

Duma (b.16 March 2010)

Quernus seems to have a bit of a fan base on the side of the Pond! I have some amazing friends over and they have been very kind about spreading word about my wee creatures. And as a result of that word-spreading, Wee Duma came into existence!

Michelle from Boston contacted me through the website saying that she'd just spent the last 30 minutes on my site, and could I please make her up some cats if she sent through pictures? So she sent through some pictures of her gorgeous cat, Duma.

Because of Duma's wonderful stripes, I tried out a new technique using a fur cane and pastels. I covered the clay core with thin slices taken from a fur cane I made up based on Duma's colouring, blended the slices, and then I made up the cat as usual. I baked the cat, and once cool, I brushed on stripes using powdered black pastels. I then varnished the pastels to seal them, and the end result turned out quite well.

However, I am still on the quest to perfect the fur technique for stripey cats - I am still very fond of making up the stripes by mixing up the appropriate colours, resulting in a swirly impression of stripes, rather than a realistic representation. Somehow, the cats seem to have a bit more charm with the swirls, but that could just be me :)

'I'll put on my swirly coat next time I go out...'


  1. that fur effect is brilliant! I am struggling to design a pattern for a very very hairy dog right now, trying to get the fur to lie in the right direction is a knitting nightmare.

  2. Thanks nifty! Yes, I can imagine that a hairy dog, even when you're using wool, would be a bit of a nightmare! Do you know, perhaps dry felting on some strands of merino wool might be an idea?