I’m a cat person. Hey, guess what my astrological sign is? Yep, I’m a Leo. And from the first kitten I begged my parents to get (who I named Button, for the spot on the top of her white head), I’ve rarely lived without a cat (or two, or three…). Don’t get me wrong, I really like dogs. But when my husband George and I see a really cute dog, we call it a “kitty pup” … Anyway, you know from my previous blog post that I just started making pet collars from the fabric that I design. The cat collars came first, of course. I made this soft sculpture to display the collars from a photograph of our cat Lars. I lengthened his neck a little so more collars would fit on … a bit of artistic liberty thanks to Photoshop.
But guess what? There are a whole lot of dog people out there who want collars for their pups! And boy, are they different from cat collars. First, the breakaway clasp that I use for the cat collars (so they can release if they get stuck on something while they’re being bad cats) don’t work for dog collars. You need the dog’s clasp to hold so when the collar is attached to a leash it won’t release. And another thing that’s different between cats and dogs — cats vary in size a bit, but oh my … you’ve got your mini-sized dogs and you’ve got your jumbo-sized dogs! So yesterday I made one collar for a mini-dog (an adult dachshund whose neck is 11.5 inches) and one for a jumbo-dog (a Lab puppy whose neck is already 18.5 inches).
This is the large collar. The fabric is one of my new designs. I took my photos of a monarch butterfly wing and a peacock feather and blended them, then kaleidoscoped the blended image. I had the fabric printed by spoonflower. The collar is easily adjustable for when the puppy grows. The person who wanted the collar taught me something else — some dogs chew up their dog tags (I don’t think even bad cats do that). Hence, the invention of slider tags. The tag slides right onto the collar – before it’s sewed up, of course. You can’t add the slider if you buy this kind of collar ready-made (another reason to make a custom order, hint, hint). I ordered the slider pre-printed. Here’s a photo of what the slider looks like (the printing’s nice, I blurred it here):
Here’s the small collar. Because the dog is full grown, I didn’t leave much extra length, but it is adjustable to add about an inch.
And here … a stack of dog collars!
And for fun, this is the tag I designed for my dog collars. The model is Scout, who lives with my brother and his family.
I’d love to make a collar for your pet out of any of my fabric designs. If you’re interested, just email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com Click here to see some of my fabric designs. I can also make a custom collar using your photographs or images.