Monday 1 February 2010


Ladies, I would like to introduce you to a rather elderly gentleman called Rabbit.
Rabbit is probably about 43 years old now which is REALLY old in rabbit years. Rabbit was hand stitched by a little red headed girl called Deborah when she was in primary school in about 1967. Rabbit's main purpose in life was to keep Deborah's boiled egg warm at breakfast time. These were the days when runny eggs and dippy soldiers were an everyday meal to start the day on. Deborah liked to cut the top off her boiled egg really carefully, eat it very neatly and then turn it upside down in her egg cup so the broken part was hidden and pretend to her mum that she couldn't break into the shell. Oh how her mum was surprised when she broke into the egg shell and find it empty! And no matter how often Deborah played this trick, her mum still found it funny.
Rabbit was probably the first bit of 'proper' sewing that Deborah did. and you can see how lovingly and carefully those little 9 year old fingers did the blanket stitching around the edge to hold the pieces of felt together. Rabbit seems to have lost half of his bow tie and I suspect that happened while he was hidden away in a box of momentos in our loft.
Rabbit is probably very proud to know that he was the first in a very long line of sewing projects that I have done over the years (I used to make almost all my own clothes!) who'd have thought I would have gone from that to A level needlework before I finished my school days?!


Jennifer Grace said...

he is very cute, and I think the half-tie suits him, makes him look quirky!

humel said...

Awww, Rabbit!! So cute :-) I used to play the upside down egg shell trick too - *sigh*... The Children don't like boiled eggs, so that particular trick doesn't get passed down the generations!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great story and nice rabbit. It's so special to come upon childhood mementos, isn't it?

Amy said...

I'm sewing challenged to say the least!
What a great treasure to have kept ... soldiers are very popular here with the kids :-)

Sian said...

Rabbit looks like an absolute dear. This is such a lovely story, beautifully told. Wonderful post Deb.

Rachel Brett said...

That's a lovely story, Little Rabbit is so cute!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog, Deb. You have a nice blog here, and I really like your Rabbit story. I started sewing at a young age too, but don't have anything from that far back to display, as your cute project is. I'll look forward to seeing more sewing projects on your blog. :o)

PS: I like your name too. ;o}