Calico cat Chester
First there was an irregular orange scarp I scrunched and stitched into the shape of a head.
Months later, for reasons I can’t remember there was a spare blob.
The head and the body are mismatched, the orange head is stiff and flat, the black body round and bouncy.
They wouldn’t stay together until l forced them with a thick stitch spanning nose to torso.
Chester doesn’t care if you judged him for the centipede-scar on his chest, exposed stitched on his head, or flakey mismatched orange patches, he knows being alive is a gift. Chester, Chester says, I am a gift to the world.
Chester is 5-1/4″ or 13cm ear to toe, 4″ or 10cm sitting, 2″ or 5.5cm across the ears.
He is made of a thin black spandex cotton fashion t shirt, a thick pure cotton jersey, vintage cotton thermals.
All filling is 100% recycled and zerowaste of odd and ends from making other beakies.
How it’s made
Beakies are entirely hand stitched using simple needle and thread. They are cut, filled, and then sculpted individually using thread tension. Each beakie is a unique response to the chosen materials.
The faces are embroidered free-hand, responding to the shape and texture of the sculpted fabric waste. No template is used, nor the same will follow. Each face is truly unique.
Limbs swivel 360 degree for posing. They sit well on their bum.
When a beakie first arrives, nudge the bottom lightly into shape, and balance with tail on the flat ground.
They are slightly elastic, if you play with it much, it will mold to your touch and the expression may change. And it’s a good thing. Beakie grow with you.
Beakies are not toys for children. They may be strong but arms and tail may drop off if pulled hard enough.
Fire and choking hazard.
When carrying a beakie around, please always transport in provided sleeping bags to protect the stitches from abrasion.
Ask me, I’m sure we can work it out together.