Tender’s whale is hand cut and completely hand sewn in England, from heavyweight English-woven carded cotton, dyed grey with logwood powdered from the heartwood of the Campeche tree.
The whale is traditionally stuffed with natural wood ‘wool’, giving her a sturdy, firm feel and a nice robust weight, and a Tender red blanket label is sewn onto her tummy. The cloth is similar to a moleskin, and is raised from a canvas on carding rollers. Before being cut and sewn, the fabric is hand-dyed with logwood, prized for centuries for it’s grey or black dye. Purportedly supply routes of logwood were a cause of the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585–1604.
Stuffed-animal-making started as an offshoot of the upholstery trade, and this whale is made in the same way, by drawing seams together over a tight stuffing in a ladder stitch.
Rather than being overly anthropomorphised, this whale is modelled after a real animal. She has been hand made and does not meet child’s toy safety standards- intended for grown-ups only. The whale measures approximately 20″ (50cm) from nose to tail.