Comments on 'Just Like Mother Used to Make'

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Ingrid G.
New! Updated: 2016-02-19
We tend to unconsciously think of our animals as people, so when they act as animals we are sometimes horrified! Poor Cinder!! Foxtail has really become a young grown up in the way she comforts his brother. The detailed description of making a fur lined coat was amazing!
Lyn Cavalier
New! Entered: 2015-11-03
The descriptions are so well-written - you're just plain good at them. I can "see" everything when you write. I love Foxtail's role especially, seeing her caring for her brother and also realizng just how much of her mother she did pick up on. I love that she's growing up and coming into her own in these ways.
Sofia Lindström
New! Entered: 2014-08-09
Such a lovely family moment! I love the parallell between the death of Whirl and the death of Whispersilk, as well as the orphaned cubs. Cider has good insights into the thoughts and feelings of other elves, and Foxtail getting to do something to both help her brother and get her father's approval was great! Loved the details on the felting.
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2014-04-11
I really love how this story is a lot of things at once -- a look at how the loss of an alpha-wolf affects so many others (it's so easy to understand how Cinder, who grew up with her, would be devastated; isn't this his first real loss of a "wolf-friend"?), at how the pack works, and how Foxtail puts herself into a teaching role to try to help her little brother understand; and also, of course, learning about making felt out of animal fur, and a garment out of that! Which I didn't know about at all. But I love how using wolf fur, permeated with all of the scents that the elves of course would recognize, becomes a meaningful gesture of remembrance as well… and at the same time, a remembrance of the departed Whispersilk and her craft. Just, great layers all around, here.
Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2013-05-09
This fic was one of those fun moments of inspiration! I had three different failed starts for something for Foxtail for this fic trade, and was struggling to come up with something I really liked and could finish by deadline that was also related to fabric arts and Foxtail's crafting. While I was on Etsy looking at examples of dog-hair felting, I saw a marvelous little stuffed wolf/husky puppy doll -- and somehow, that little doll sparked this for me. I still didn't get it quite get the fic finished by deadline, but I really enjoyed the research and am collecting my old dog's shed undercoat with hopes of making an Indy sweater of my own! (And I totally want to write about all of the tribe's kids making their own felt dolls now, too!)
Razzle C.
New! Entered: 2013-04-30
This is absolutely beautiful! I love how you made an entire, meaningful story about tribe and family out of the idea of a crafting project. :) I've never worked with any felt other than the premade sheets of stuff from craft stores, so it was really neat to get to visualize it being hand-made! Your description of the whole crafting process was fun and engaging, visually and emotionally, and very far from a dry how-to manual. Yet I think I have a fairly good idea of the process now! :) And I agree, poor Cinder with the connection of the wolf pups losing their mother and being raised without a clear memory of her, to his own situation. *sniff* And of course, it was simply lovely seeing Foxtail and Cinder interacting throughout. :)
Joanne P.
New! Entered: 2013-04-27
I love the parallel drawn between the wolves losing a mother and how Cinder would feel about that. I really like these stories that bring out the relationship between the elves and the wolves and love how the siblings can use Whispersilk's craft to feel closer to her.
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2013-04-22
Your way to make a story entertaining and informative is great. It's years since I thought about working with felt but this did bring back a few warm fuzzy memories.

I do like the look on Cinder here. He's going to grow up into a very interesting young adult. The way he took Whirl's death and the (maybe subconscious) parallels to Whispersilk were just heartbreaking.

And another thing I really appreciate here is to see Foxtail giving something to her brother she was given by her mother. We mostly saw Whispersilk somewhat detached from Foxtail and knowing there had been these moments too, is nice.

The end just was cute and heartwarming. I like to see the family interacting in such a positive way.
Beth K.
New! Entered: 2013-04-22
Aww. I feel all warm and cozy inside. This is a lovely story - I really like seeing how Cinder's growing up and questioning the world and his own feelings. And it's great to see Foxtail in a serious role too; it's really a beautiful family portrait. All the crafting details are fantastic too; I never really thought about felting before but this made it all seem possible for the tribe. So much thorough research! :) And I just love how it adds depth and grounding to the story as well.
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