Animals embroidered on tweed cushions, purses and cases

Paisley, Scotland · 338 Sales


Animals embroidered on tweed cushions, purses and cases

Paisley, Scotland 338 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement   From cats, puffins, dogs, squirrels, badgers, hares and cows to bespoke pet portrait commissions, my shop is an animal lovers paradise! You'll find an eclectic family of animals all lovingly embroidered onto Harris Tweed cushions, glasses cases, phone cases, electronics cases, purses, zip pouches and hoop art.


Last updated on 12 Apr, 2018

From cats, puffins, dogs, squirrels, badgers, hares and cows to bespoke pet portrait commissions, my shop is an animal lovers paradise! You'll find an eclectic family of animals all lovingly embroidered onto Harris Tweed cushions, glasses cases, phone cases, electronics cases, purses, zip pouches and hoop art.


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Here’s a behind the scenes picture of where you can usually find me - in the sewing corner of my studio. I’m finishing some puffin purses on my Bernina sewing machine. My furry assistant Morris never misses a photo opportunity!
The weather is gorgeous here in Paisley at the moment, so I’ve seized the opportunity to do some outdoor sewing in my garden!
Here’s a WIP shot of lots of West Highland Terriers in production. They’ve all been hand drawn, cut from felt and are ready for me to add free motion embroidery. Once the details have been stitched they’ll become glasses cases and mobile phone cases.
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The Canny Squirrel - how it all began

I was born in Gateshead in the North-East of England and moved to Glasgow in 2004 to work as a graphic designer at a newspaper. During this time, my passion for material, patterns and sewing gradually developed over the years and whilst doing a textile design evening course I stumbled across a free machine embroidery technique which suddenly bombarded me with inspiration for sewing projects. My partner's sister was turning 40 and I decided to make her a highland cow cushion using the free machine embroidery technique I had learned (she had joked about wanting a real Highland Cow but this was not in the budget!).

That was my eureka moment and after lots of practice and sewing hours I decided to quit my job in August 2013 to concentrate on developing my textiles business.

Quality and craftsmanship is key to my ethos, which is why I decided to use Harris Tweed to make my products - it is the only fabric to be governed by its own Act of Parliament and is handwoven at the home of the weaver in the Outer Hebrides. The colours used in the cloth beautifully mirror shades found in nature and provide the perfect backdrop for my animals. The free motion embroidery technique I use for my animals is perfect for creating intricate hair and feather detail, there are no programs involved, it is all done by eye so each design is unique

Customers are able to request bespoke orders featuring any animal or even their pet on any of my products.

Thanks for reading! Katherine

Shop members

  • Katherine

    Owner, Designer/maker

    I'm the designer/maker of The Canny Squirrel. I'm a self taught textile designer, and began my career as a graphic designer, working for 9 years in the newspaper industry. I now draw with my sewing machine instead of with a mouse and computer!


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  • The West end art, craft and design show
    St. John's Church
    Princes St.

    Aug 4–12

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Shop policies

Last updated on 20 February, 2018
The Canny Squirrel is based in Paisley, Scotland and specialises in handmade Harris Tweed cushions and accessories. Inspired by nature each product features a felt animal, hand drawn and cut from felt, then embellished with free motion embroidery - a technique which is like drawing with a sewing machine, it is all stitched by eye. Quality and craftsmanship are key to our ethos, which is why we use Harris Tweed. The colours used in the cloth beautifully mirror shades found in nature and provide the perfect backdrop for our animals.
Commissions are welcome - you can have your pet or favourite animal designed onto any of our products.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
If for any reason you aren't happy with your purchase please send me a message so I can resolve the situation. If an item is damaged please contact me for a refund or exchange within 14 days of receiving the item.
Unfortunately bespoke/personalised commissions cannot be refunded unless damaged in transit.
I accept Paypal payments, credit and debit cards, Etsy gift cards and other international payment methods where available.
I use Royal Mail for items posted within the UK and these should arrive within 2 days. If you are an international customer please allow approximately 7-14 working days for your item to arrive. If you would like a special tracked service please get in touch.
Additional policies and FAQs
Commissions are welcome, I can make designs of your favourite animals or pets on any product so please request a custom order or send me a conversation
GDPR privacy policy

Information I Collect:
To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of a pet portrait for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It:
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
- as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
- when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
- if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
- as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure:
Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

- Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
- Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal delivery information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform the delivery of my products to you.
- Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention:
I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Your Rights:
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

- Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you
- Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
- Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
- Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.