I like rats. I really do. Not the wild ones that overpopulate DC and other urban areas and cause both men and women to shriek out loud and climb on chairs. But I like pet rats and I adore a well made stuffed rat.
I purchased a rat made by Out of the Woods Originals at a bear show several years ago. One became two, then three and I had a mini collection. Then I wanted to design and create my own rat.
My first attempt was pretty good until I got a look at the body shape. What is that?
Kind of triangular there, maybe? This is where the sketch doesn’t quite translate into what I had in mind. I made a few changes to the body pattern and I had Edgar. (Edgar now lives with a collector in CA.)
Much better. Rounded belly, not triangular. Adding some depth with color around the eyes and ears helps with defining the character. Oh, and the hat – well, the hat makes the rat!
But in the back of my mind, there was one rat still not created. My sister Tricia wanted a rat in red sneakers. She had a name for him to0 – Vermincelli. A gourmand of a rat, if you will. But finding red sneakers to fit a rat isn’t easy and the project seemed to be continually on hold. Until the past January, when I walked down an aisle at IDEX in Orlando and saw a pair of small red sneakers. Made by Jaime Show for a 16″ fashion doll, I wondered if they might really work. Back home in the studio, I pulled out the patterns for the rat. Now, Edgar was about 11″ tall – and the feet were way too big for these shoes. So, back to the drawing board to design a smaller rat.
Yes, I think that will work just fine. And maybe a few props for the photo shoot? Tricia is quite pleased with her rat.
The rats continue to multiply, as rats will do. The newest is Nigel, a rat who is rather pleasant, as rats go. He is a small rat, about 7″ tall. He will soon be available in my etsy store.
And that, as they say, is that.