But this is not the case with Mister F. Fox. I can't hide it. I love Mister F. Fox.
Over the summer we visited the wonderful Roald Dahl Museum for the second time. It's in the village of Great Missenden, where he lived for the last 36 years of his life, and houses amongst other things, his actual writing Hut.
I find the museum incredibly inspirational. The way that Roald Dahl created really resonates with me - in his writing hut, for set hours every day, surrounded by his own personal inspiration. And the way he wrote and rewrote everything, not afraid to change and rethink his creations. His hut was his sanctuary and the only place he liked to create. I feel a similar way about my tiny studio.
When I left the museum I spent a lot of time thinking about why it affected me so much. I bought a Roald Dahl biography (actually two, one for me and one for Bella) and started questioning how I create. I also ordered a copy of the book of the making of The Fantastic Mr Fox movie.
I've thought about it a lot and apart from the obvious fact that Roald Dahl wrote such incredibly visual, detailed stories, I'm still not sure why seeing his work and in particular, his work space, affects me so much, but it does.
And I came away with a lot of ideas, as well as the knowledge that part of creating is to rework exisiting ideas, that none of it is set in stone.
Which is how Mister F. Fox came about.
Having made my first rabbit about 8 years ago I've never really changed the design, despite the fact that both my ability and imagination has improved massively. So I decided it was time to go back to the drawing board and recreate my rabbit, and in the process, realised that what I really wanted to do was make a fox.
I've tried to make foxes before, but they haven't worked. This one though came from somewhere else. I drew the pattern freehand, but took the time to make muslin prototypes, and kept adjusting it until I was happy. No matter how small the detail was that wasn't working, I remade it. And for the first time ever, I made something that I honestly love and that looks exactly how I want it to.
I'm pretty happy with the new rabbit design too.
And the clothes? I seriously love the clothes. I could almost (almost) give up making real clothes and spend the rest of my days making clothes for a fox and a rabbit (and the badger that's on it's way).
As well as the outfits shown here, I've been making tunics, coats, capes and dresses. All matching the real child sized clothing I've been making.
Miss Rabbit and Mister Fox (first names Constance and Franklin) can be seen in real life in a number of shows around the country in the coming months, starting with the wonderful Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair next month.
They're also available in the shop now.