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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to make a hound ?

It takes 4 - 6 weeks to make a unique textile creature or  hound from start to finish. Character and style take time to develop. I start with the head, long  or short snout ? big  or short pricked ears ? Once I have the head made I sketch out the body a pattern is made up. I think about how the hound is going to stand or sit and how the fabrics will behave.

What are they made of  ?

Heads are created from woolly or fleecy walking socks, sometimes upcycled with wonderfully felted heels or new. Bodies are fashioned from a range of fabrics, wool, cashmere, tweed or fleece coating. Upcycled, cleaned and prepared for use. Stuffing is a mixture of hollow fibre fill, natural cotton kapok, rice  or metal shot filled paws and occasionally bottoms. Larger hounds are wired in the legs to support them and enable movement.

How do you make the heads ?

Each face is needle felted using roving wool to create details, every eye is needle felted and noses are created from boiled wool, stitched and needle felted. I have developed a technique over time that gradually builds up the hounds features.

Where can I see a real Hawkes Hound ?

See  the Hawkes Hounds facebook page for exhibitions and events where you can meet a hound

How much does a hound cost?

Between £150 - £300 depending on size and complexity and materials used. 

Do you sell online ?

If I  sell directly I post details about work in progress on Facebook. I post my latest makes on instagram here

Do you ship outside the UK? 

Hawkes Hounds are not currently shipped outside the UK. Small items like cards or smaller creatures might be shipped. I'll put a note on the item if this is the case.

Do you sell patterns?

Not yet -  patterns are available for sale at the moment.

Are there workshops to make a hound? 

Not yet - When any dates are fixed I will annouce them on Facebook and Instagram.

Can I post about your work on my website or blog ?

Please feel free to share away, but please credit me and my artwork. Please do not recreate my work, everyone has their own style, please find yours.

Returns and Exchange Policy

Please contact me by email within 14 days of purchase if you are unhappy in any way. 

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