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The climate is not exactly tropical here on our little island -- the only palm trees are found in the landscaping at the local bank, and almost nobody has a tan. But we do have crabs – lots and lots of delicious Dungeness crabs, considered the best of the edible crustacea by such authorities as James Beard and myself. Climate notwithstanding, we be crabbing pirates here!

The months of July and August are spent largely in the pursuit of the delectable creatures. This requires considerable effort; schlepping the rowboat to the water’s edge, rowing out as far as needed to those sweet spots where the crabs congregate, dropping the traps and marking them with buoys, then reversing the steps hours later for the harvest.

The huge wire crabtraps might be empty except for bait or a marauding sunstar, or they might be full of pugnacious, angry crabs who have turned their frustration upon each other. Yes, I’ve had to break up many a crab wrestling match, and some of the extreme fighters emerge with their decapod status compromised. WARNING: Good Samaritan eforts may result in personal injury; the feisty Dungeness can break a finger or inflict a nasty cut with their powerful claws. Can you believe they have teeth on their claws?

Admittedly proud of my reputation as a somewhat successful crab hunter, I have designed this indoor-outdoor pillow to remind myself of many triumphant homecomings, bearing all-we-can-eat gifts from the sea. The design has been hand-painted onto commercial all-weather fabric with permanent textile paints. Use this 20”x20” pillow indoors or out, aboard your crabcatcher vessel or in the media room. The removable insert contains 13 ounces of polyester fiberfill in a polypropylene casing, and the cover can be spot cleaned, hosed off, or gently laundered. Also available on red fabric, just convo the artist.

Thunk up, designed, painted, sewn, stuffed, signed and copyrighted on a saltwater island north of Seattle, where the Dungeness are respected, loved and consumed with gusto! Have a snappy day.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to high shipping costs, customers outside of North American will receive COVERS ONLY.

© Copyrighted 2011 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Frequently asked questions about crabbychris

Crabby Chris™ is pleased to render almost any of her designs in almost any color on almost any shape of pillow. If you would like to discuss your ideas or request adding a name or text to your order, please convo the artist.
Pillows can usually be made smaller or larger to fit your needs. Please feel free to inquire of the artist to work out the details.
Every handcrafted Crabby Chris™ textile item has a sewn-in care label for easy reference.
All items are enclosed in a sealed cello bag and shipped in a sturdy recylable polypropylene mailing bag. A matching wide grosgrain ribbon and bow can be added to your purchase at your request. If you would like a short personal message hand-lettered in a greeting card, make your request in "Note from Buyer".
Please feel free to inquire through Etsy convos as to whether your order can be customized to your specifications. Once details are worked out, Chris can create a custom listing, the purchase of which starts the project. Customized and personalized items are non-returnable and non-refundable as they are not marketable to others.
All designs, photographs, descriptions, images and other contents of this shop are protected by copyrights of the designer/shop owner under U.S. and international law. For licensing information please contact the artist.
Your information will not be shared with anyone, or used for any purpose other than to complete your Etsy transaction. Crabby Chris is a confirmed anti-Spamite.
No; the nickname started as a joke. Like many things, it simply got out of hand.

All content © copyrighted 2008-2016 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: lightweight indoor outdoor fabric, nontoxic permanent textile paint, polyester fiberfill in polypropylene casing, polyester thread, predisposition to swashbuckle
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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