My daughter asked me to make her a necklace to match a new party dress we had just bought. She was really into cats at the time and had befriended a very sweet stray black kitten, whom she called "Blackie". He used to wait for her every day on our doorstep. She wanted the necklace to have a kitten just like him on the necklace.
So, the challenge was set! I decided to make the cat out of felt, as I thought it would be easier to get the detailed shape I wanted. I also wanted the embroidered details to stand out on top of the fabric. The other thing I knew I wanted to incorporate was a yarn ball. I cut a circle out of heavy card stock and wrapped the yarn around it to look like a ball of yarn. Then, I played around with crocheted chains until I was happy with the way it looped and curved around. I stitched them all together, and "Blackie" was ready for the party!
If you would like to see photos of the purse that I crocheted to match the dress, I did a previous post about it here.