One has to wonder how such apparently simple cat designs,
many with less than 30 pieces, convey such lifelike attitude and elegance.
Tessa McOnie’s cats have a variety of oh so familiar postures caught
in time by her simple fluid lines. “Where’s my dinner?” is clearly
a cat anticipating his food while “Why did you stop scratching me?”
is in no mood to be ignored. “Ellie Gantz” parades and struts her
stuff as the resident glamour puss and “The Don” is clearly not to
be trifled with. But perhaps it’s the subtle expression she creates
on their faces that make them so endearing that you can’t help but
feel a certain affection for each of them. There’s sure to be a cat
just like one you know, which of course makes any project with it
even more fun.
Although primarily designed for and shown as stained
glass pieces, each full colour example provides an inspirational
colour guide for a variety of other crafts. The line drawing for
each design is on the other side of the page for easy reference
and a few technical tips are included for stained glass construction.
But this is not a ‘how to’ book, rather a collection of over 30
beautiful original patterns from a West Australian artist.
Crafters with basic skills through to those more experienced
wanting a quick but stunning result can enlarge or reduce each
pattern to suit such crafts as embroidery, appliqué, quilting,
mosaics, card making, ceramics and painting on glass, silk or
porcelain. Customising projects is a breeze because of the clean
lines and the variety of postures and orientations. Primary school
teachers will find this a great resource book too and, with
glossy full colour throughout, cat lovers whether crafty or
not will be delighted just pawing through these pages.