A couple of years after The Women’s Institute was formed in Britain in 1915, the Sussex federation started making a toy rabbit and they named him Cuthbert. He was exhibited at The National Welfare and Economy Exhibition in London, and the tradition of craft work had begun for the WI. Another reason Cuthbert was born was because there were no imports from Germany during WW1, one of the greatest toy making countries at that time, and our children had no Steiff toys!
September 16th marks the Women’s Institutes Centenary and I am going to try my utmost to reproduce this bunny! I think he has a bit of a glint in his eye and a rather odd expression but I will post my result here, do wish me luck!
( Information taken from WI Life Sept 2015)
See you soon!
I have been producing white rabbits, not from my hat, but from my sewing machine and work box, and wondered what you thought? They are similar to the soft animals that were made for me when I was a child, many many years ago and I thought it would be lovely to see if I could recreate them! I think I am nearly there now and am happy with the overall result, but they are not made for children of today I am afraid! Their clothes are firmly sewn on and there are little parts, like the carrot in Mrs Rabbits’ pocket that may indeed get eaten.
If any one has a bunny type name they would like to suggest, I am open to ideas. I must add that Mrs Rabbit is a present for my great niece, but I am making mark two as I write this.
Have a lucky 1st August and hope you all remembered to say “White Rabbit”
In the garden.