About Me

Foremost Handmade Toys in Weymouth

Catherine Owen makes Textile works from full-sized costumes to toys that fit in the hand. My work has a gentle, almost retro feel, especially as I like to use old fabrics, offcuts, and dabble in button-jointing. I am a keen recycler and cannot say no to fabric donations, passing my scraps onto little girls to sew with. If you're interested in my products, contact me through our booking form.

Toys with nice faces

The creatures must have nice faces. They must talk to me, and say nice things. I imagine they are all a little bit naughty, even though they are so cute, just like my children. They are usually 'born' in my head first, and change as the sewing takes place, becoming something I don't always recognize. How exciting!

My love for my work

I love putting wool cloth into my washing machine on hot, pondering the contents of my button tin, and looking at color and texture when thinking of a new project. I enjoy stuffing the animals the best, seeing how they begin to hold themselves, and if I have achieved something of my ideas!
I am a proper artist though, with a nice honors degree from Edinburgh College of Art.



I can't believe it could be nicer than the photos, but it was. Such a lovely, well-made bunny! This just tried to autocorrect to well-mannered, but in fact, it does have a charming expression. I ...


This was a gift. I asked for a note to be added and it was. This was fantastic as it made it more personal. It was received on time and my sister was delighted. Great service. Catherine was a ...


So adorable! Perfect cozy-looking little hammy. Arrived safely in great time! Thank you so much!

The Raggy Rat

Art work
Soft Sculpture


3 Reviews

Terrie Chilvers

24 June 2023

24 June


I commissioned Catherine to make a sausage dog plush based on the main character in my children's book. Catherine's creation was absolutely perfect - she really...
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Mike Greenaway

16 April 2023

16 April


Raggyrat made me a beautiful flat cat a long time ago. It’s unique and my favourite colours

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