Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Plush Animal ?
The word Plush comes from French "Pluche" meaning soft luxurious fabric and these days when some talk about Plush Animals they mean stuffed animals made of soft tactile textiles like velvet and wool fibres.
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 are the faces made ?
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 hound for real ?
Keep an eye on the Hawkes Hounds facebook page for exhibitions and events where you can meet a hound
How much does a hound cost?
Between £150 - £500 depending on size and complexity and materials used.
Do you sell online ?
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?
No patterns are available for sale at the moment.
Are there workshops to make a hound?
There are no dates fixed yet for workshops, 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.