futuramille: The picture is slightly over exposed. My Nutria is darker than the picture, but I intentionally cut strips where the guard hair was the longest and it tends to be a lighter tan color. Great idea about using leather shoe laces.......now I need to make a run to the grocery store!
Opps, I meant to add a link to Jack Gartside's pattern for others to give it a try. As you can see his mouse is darker, probably more true color. I'm just not very good with the camera.