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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Bunty

Here is the second bear I’ve made for my cousin Gwyneth. It’s to be a gift for a friend’s young granddaughter ………. and can you guess the little girl’s name? Well done, yes it is ‘Bunty’!


From the first day Gwyneth asked me to make something for Bunty, the only thing that kept coming into my head was the ‘Bunty’ comic I used to read as a girl, together with the Christmas annual, which I awaited eagerly, so that’s where the idea came from. As with ‘Daisy’ (two posts ago), I couldn’t make one of my quirky, vintage style bears for Bunty; as she's quite young, so she is prettier than I prefer to make. I managed to find a copy of an old annual on eBay at a very reasonable price, which I then took loads of photographs of, loaded them on to my laptop and then reduced them way down in size before printing them out. Then it was just (!!!!!) a case of cutting out and gluing together to produce a miniature copy – it isn’t the whole book, but just enough to make it look good – flippin’ hard work though I can tell you!!


Bunty's appears to be enjoying her book - have a peek over her shoulder and see what she's reading!


Anyway, to the detail! All 9 inches of Bunty is made from pretty pink mohair and a contrasting floral fabric for her paw pads. She is 5-way jointed, has black glass eyes and is filled with firm fibre filling and steel shot to weight her. I’ve made a collar trimmed with a bit of lace and finished with silk ribbon, which happily matches the fabrics used – the ribbon was an experiment in hand-dying a while ago. The final touch is a little brooch tied to the ribbon containing a picture of a bear (well what else eh!).


Bunty will be off on her travels to South Wales as soon as I can find a suitable box!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Dylan

I’m afraid I’ve rather fallen for my latest creation. This is Dylan; all 7½ inches of him! I knew as soon as I saw the pattern that I must make him. 


Dylan is from a pattern by Sylvie Touzard (next picture). The original bear I think is made from Viscose, which I didn’t have, so I used a similar colour mohair and cut it back quite a lot.


I’ve been as true to the pattern as I can; right down to his funny little trousers. The pattern calls for an old sock! However, I used the end of a sleeve of an old jumper I was going to throw out – to the same effect more or less; and then simply added some ribbon and I also added a couple of bells. And what about that cute little fat tummy – similar to mine right now, but that’s not why I love him so much LOL


Dylan has black glass eyes, a stitched nose and is filled with fibre fill and steel shot. I think he’s going to take pride of place – certainly for the time being anyway!



Monday, 4 January 2016

Daisy, Daisy .......

Cue for a song??!! But don't worry; I won't LOL



Here’s my latest young lady bear! Her name is Daisy. She is a commission from my very lurverly cousin Gwyneth who wants her for a little girl called ……………. yes you’ve guessed it, Daisy! I was left entirely to my own devises in the making of Daisy, so I hope Gwyneth likes her, although I have already told her that it’s fine if this is not what she wants. I didn’t think it was right to make one of my quirky style bears, as Daisy is a young/little girl (not sure actually of her age) who would no doubt prefer 'cute'. I did make a dress for her (which took me about 4 hours believe it or not!), but then I didn’t like it on her and decided ‘less is more’ in order that the lovely mohair fabric can be seen.


Daisy is approximately 9½ inches tall and made from a very pale lemon Ratinee mohair (I think the ‘Ratinee’ means curly) – I hope the colour shows clearly on your screens. The colour is actually described as ‘Banana Whip’, but I suppose it could appear as a cream kind of colour. She has black glass eyes and is 5-way jointed with matching pale lemon cotton velvet for her paw pads, with just a touch of ‘distressing’ around the edges. Daisy has lemon and peach ribbons around her head and a daisy necklace (also made by me) and she’s carrying a bouquet of paper daisy flowers.



As usual, any comments are welcome!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

To my 'bloggy' friends everywhere - I hope you all have a fun-filled, family time this Christmas



and an extra picture of my Christmas lights decked Singer sewing machine!! LOL - I needed to cut back a bit this year, so didn't bother to buy a tree, but instead decorated my Singer with lights and the Christmas fairy - seems quite appropriate for a sewer really don't you think :0)



Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas bear


This is Casper (as in one of the Three Kings), my Christmas bear. Well, what else could he be made from such lovely red mohair fabric? He’s made from the same pattern as my last bear below (Sammy): a pattern I can’t even give credit for, as it was a free pattern found on Pinterest – thanks anyway to whoever is the designer!!



Casper looks as though he’s going carol singing doesn’t? He’s carrying his rusty primitive style lantern trimmed with greenery and pip berries; and has his Christmas carol singing sheet at the ready – I’ve tried to photograph the inside of the carol sheet to show the detail, but it's rather blurred - sorry!! I made it from vintage carol sheet images I found: I shrunk them down, printed them, glued them together and added an antique style eyelet


He has glass eyes; slightly smaller than Sammy’s, firm fibre filling and steel shot in his tummy and feet, faux repair stitching and distressing here and there to give an aged appearance.
For his nose, I’ve tried the felting technique just to see how that works – it’s ok I guess! And finally, Casper is trimmed with white chiffon ribbon, a holly sprig and two random buttons for a bit more colour.


I do hope you like Casper

Saturday, 12 December 2015

It's beginning to feel a lot like

Christmas" ...........       cue for a song??!!

As my next bear isn't quite ready, I thought I'd show you a couple of photographs of the Fig & Pear Chutney I made this morning. I've made it a couple of times before and I have to say, it's blooming lovely!! After I made it last year, the empty jars were returned by a couple of people saying "more please", so there you go. It's relatively easy to make; it just takes a while peeling, and chopping all the pears .............. it's worth while though. Very nice with cheese!!




Next bear tomorrow hopefully ................ or maybe Monday!! LOL


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sammy

Rather later than planned, I can now introduce Sammy to you! He is made from a lovely lilac colour mohair fabric, with matching amethyst transparent glass eyes and cotton velvet (hand-dyed by me) for his paw pads. He is filled with firm fibre filling and steel shot in his tummy and feet – with a bit of distressing around the edges, including some faux mending stitches to age him slightly. Sammy has a purple woolly heart stitched on his tum and is 10 inches from top to toe (or paw!!)


A lovely thick woolly scarf, with bells on, is helping to keep him warm in this rather chilly weather .......

but look at who he has met on his walk ……. a lovely robin red breast and a very friendly one too by the looks of it! although maybe Mr Robin is hoping Sammy has some birdie treats in that satchel of his!



The robin is needle-felted by me AND I only stabbed myself about 25 times during the process of making him …….. ouch!! The smaller the needle-felting, the more likely you are to pierce your skin and Mr Robin is quite small as you can imagine. 


Sammy’s little satchel is also handmade by me from ultra suede – and it opens!! and I can tell you that machine stitching such small pieces is really tricky. I decided on machine sewing, because I didn’t think I’d manage hand sewing through a double thickness of suede – my fingers were already sore from the needle-felting!! LOL


So, there’s my latest creation and as always, I would love to know what you think!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Edgar!

So, enough of baby cot quilts, and back to my bears!


As much as I love the natural look of a bare bear, I’ve been itching to dress one; even just a little bit, so may I introduce Edgar in his trousers? So named by my sister-in-law, Ruth because I couldn’t decide on a name. I’ve been really rubbish at choosing names for my bears so far. Ruth has just been to visit and she decided he looks like an ‘Edgar’, so that’s his name. Made from Viscose (I think it is anyway – some of the fabric Shazy gave me), and suede for the paw pads, fully jointed, with glass eyes, firm fibre filling and some steel shot in his little fat tummly and paws. He’s been aged around the edges to give a vintage look, including faux ‘mending’ stitches; and dressed in woolly red trousers, with some homespun fabric for a little hankie in his pocket and his scarf trimmed with a couple of rusty bells to add to the vintage look.




Edgar is from a bear pattern called ‘Bears N Hares’ by Sweet MeadowFarm.



I hope you like him!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Baby Cot Quilt

I’ve had a short break from my bears the last few weeks or so because I was asked by a work colleague to make a baby cot quilt. Something traditional was the request; but, still unsure what to do, I asked her to find a design she liked – and hexagons were her choice! These are approximately 4½ inches in width and machine stitched, rather than the smaller ‘paper piecing’ ones, which would have taken 'forever', or at least until the youngster was about 5-years old!!  I hadn’t a clue how to go about machine sewing hexagons, other that knowing accurate points would be crucial!! However, I found an excellent tutorial on YouTube, which worked really well. Even though I say so myself, practically all of the points are spot on! I added a border in a neutral ivory tone and a smaller lemon one to help the hexagons pop. Anyway, this is it


Thankfully, baby cot quilts are small LOL. Mind you, I ended up making two, because when I was half way through making this one, my sister-in-law saw it and asked whether I would make one for her to give as a gift to one of her work friends who was also expecting. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photograph of that one, as there was a bit of a rush to finish it – the said lady having had a C section a week ago and my sister-in-law was due to visit her on Thursday, so I had to get it finished quickly! It’s a shame, because it’s a different design to this one, other than I used a few of the left-over hexagons in the centre; and then I did appliqué birds and flowers around the edges – very sweet!

Anyway, I’m back to my bears now
and hope I shall soon have another one to show!

I nearly forgot; Happy Spooky Halloween everyone!!!!!!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Tilly the Hefalump!! :0)

I've been itching to make a mohair 'bear' elephant and here she is - Tilly


Can you call an elephant Tilly!!?? Anyway, that's her name. She's made from a dusty blue mohair, with cotton fabric for her inner ears and is fully jointed, with steel shot in her little fat tummy to weight her. She's also carrying a basket of roses on her trunk

I love her to bits, although I hope to improve on the design next time.

Any well-dressed hefalump must of course have a ribbon on her tail, and I didn't forget LOL - see?


And look at these - get the false eyelashes - they were tricky I can tell you!



I'm certainly learning as I go along. I think I need to plan ahead better and be a bit more patient instead of being so eager to get another bear finished. That's what happens when full-time working gets in the flippin' way all the time. I've made two bears in the last 2 weeks only because I've been on leave from work; and to be honest I had hoped to make more, but I have been out and about a bit too, including my first ever 'Bear Fair' at Kensington Town Hall in London ........ gosh, so many gorgeous bears, so much inspiration!!


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Penny

I finished my latest creation this morning; her name is Penny (see the little penny charm sewn on her chest)!! The problem is I can't decide whether I like the little (tu tu) skirt or not - will you help me choose?


Without skirt






AND, with skirt




Some bear makers dress their bears in complete outfits, but I have to say, the more I make them, the less adornment I think they need - the beauty seems to be in the lovely fabrics; and to a large degree, in the facial expressions. I think Penny is probably my cutest one yet; and just 6 inches from top to toe!

Anyway, let me know what you think please!!