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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Harold!

I really am rubbish at choosing names for my bears - what a name for a Panda :0)

Anyway, Harold it is! And instead of the traditional black and white, Harold is a lovely chocolate brown and off-white combination. The fabric is Helmbold 20mm pile Mohair. The paw pads are made from Faux Nubuck.






Harold is 5-way cotter jointed. He stands 12½ inches/32cms top to toe and 10 inches/26cms sitting and has the fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label and the metal ‘BL’ pin at the back. Can you also just see the little white tail? He is filled with the usual firm fibre fill and steel shot for weight - has black glass eyes, and is shaded around the eyes with powder pan pastel.



Harold is finished off with a lovely lime green ribbon around his neck. I hope you like him!

Harold can be adopted for £70, plus shipping and packaging


UK - £10 tracked and signed

Europe - £15, tracked and insured

Worldwide - £22, tracked and insured



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Another completed quilt!

I've finally finished my Summertime Delight quilt and I love it! The colours are so refreshing and summery. Although I finished the patchwork top around Christmas time, it was a while before I had it quilted and then I just had to complete it with the binding. This was bought as a 'Block of the Month' from Totally Patched; and what I loved most of all, is that everything comes pre-cut with the instructions. The pre-cutting is what takes so long and is usually what puts me off. As soon as the monthly block arrives, you can sit down and start to sew! And I was very strict with myself, because I know it doesn't take long to lag behind with BOMs - it was completed on time over 10 months.






I was even very good and labelled it!

I know it's way, way too hot at the moment, but it'll be lovely come the colder weather!



Sunday, 1 July 2018

Maddy

Maddy  (like the colour, rose madder) is made from a very pretty pink curled Mohair fabric (20mm pile). She has a pink ribbon around neck, a little rose trinket pinned under her neck and a handmade crocheted flower headband.






Maddy is filled with firm fibre fill and steel shot for weight. She has black glass eyes with white felt behind them and has been aged with powder pastels.

Maddy is one of my larger bears so far, measuring 13½ inches/34cms from top to toe and 10 inches/25cms sitting height. She is 5-way cotter jointed – loose joints in the legs.

Also incorporated are my fabric ‘handmade at …..’ label and antique style metal ‘BL’ pin, which you can just about see amongst her fur!



And here’s a photo in my hand in an attempt to give size perspective.



Maddy can be adopted for £70, plus shipping and packaging


UK - £10 tracked and signed

Europe - £15, tracked and insured

Worldwide - £22, tracked and insured

Friday, 11 May 2018

Skye

Say hello to Skye – named because of her very pretty dusty pale blue colour viscose fabric and made in a lovely rustic style!



On her back, she has a fabric 'handmade at Bilberry Lane' label and my own antique style gold colour metal 'BL' pin. She is filled with the usual firm fibre fill and steel shot for weight. Then I have finished her with some distressing using pan powder pastels and faux mending stitches and finally an antique style gold colour teddy charm around her neck and a vintage style blue contrasting ribbon around her head.







Skye is 5-way cotter jointed and black glass eyes and measures 8½ inches/21cms from top to toe and 6½ inches/16cms sitting height.



Skye can be adopted for £40, plus shipping and packaging


UK - £10 tracked and signed

Europe - £15, tracked and insured

Worldwide - £22, tracked and insured

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

FACEBOOK Giveaway!!

I’m having a giveaway on my Bilberry Lane Facebook page to win Mackenzie – this lovely boy:




Mackenzie is made from a beautiful light gold colour viscose. He has been purposely aged a little around the edges with oil pastels and, here and there, has a few faux mending stitches. He is 5-way cotter jointed and is filled with a firm fibre filling and steel shot for weight. Mackenzie’s top is made from a sock (a clean one, don’t worry!!) :0) The beautiful floral button on his top is ceramic and his scarf is a piece of homespun fabric. The bag is made from faux suede to which I have added gold style eyelets and chain for decoration and a metal lock; and inside it, he has two teeny tiny postcards ready to send! And finally, around his neck are two antique style gold bells.

Please note: Mackenzie is a collectors bear and is NOT suitable for children under the age of 12






If you would like to be in with a chance of winning Mackenzie, head over to my Facebook page – link over on the side – and join the fun!!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Dolly!

A few more photos of Dolly - isn't she a cutie!!




Dolly is a gorgeous dusty pink viscose (my most favourite colour of viscose) and she is wearing a cute little dress made from cotton fabric, with a cotton scrim frill and a pretty pink ribbon round her head. Dolly is 8½”/21cms top to toe and 6½”/16cms sitting.




She is filled with the usual firm fibre fill and steel shot to weight her; and then she has been finished off with a bit of oil pastels distressing and faux mending stitches and a antique style gold colour teddy charm around her neck.




On her back, Dolly has a fabric 'handmade at Bilberry Lane' label and my own antique style gold colour metal 'BL' pin - excuse her state of undress  :0)

Dolly can be adopted for £60, plus shipping and packaging

UK - £10 tracked and signed
Europe - £15, tracked and insured
Worldwide - £22, tracked and insured

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Facebook MAL

Well, this is nothing to do with bears, despite a picture of a bear :0) What's on display are the little hooded coats. Over the last 12 months or so, I've had a growing interest in Waldorf dolls and know that I will be going in that direction at some point - I'll still be making bears too though. If you're not familiar with Waldorf dolls, well I can't even show you one, as I haven't made one yet, but because I follow several ladies who make the most exquisite dolls, I've joined a Facebook MAL (make along) run by the very talented Astrid; and each 6-8 weeks, she introduces a new item of dolls clothing to make. So, even though I haven't been brave enough to make a doll yet (they look very complicated!), I have joined in with a couple of the MALs and the current one is this hooded coat.




Now the bear comes in because the coat actually fits him; and he was quite willing to model, even though I would really say it should be on a girl - just use your imagination a bit if you don't mind :0)




Anyway, I got that excited about the cute little coat AND the cutest fabric, I just had to make two simply because I couldn't decide which one to go with




So, what do you think!?


Saturday, 14 April 2018

AMELIA







This is Amelia elephant, one of my newbies I showed on Sunday. I've been meaning all week to do individual slots for them, but you know, life takes over (in other words, work!!). Anyway, Amelia is a lovely pale pink colour viscose with the prettiest floral Liberty fabric for her inner ears and two pink ribbons around her head. She also has a beaded choker around her neck and 3 mother of pearl buttons down the front. A touch of ageing around the edges adds to a vintage look. Amelia's height is 8½”/21cms top to toe and 6½”/16cms sitting.







Amelia can be adopted for £60, plus shipping and packaging

UK - £10 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £22, tracked & insured


Thursday, 12 April 2018

I won!!!!

I WON!!!!!

Well, that's what my bloggy friend, Wendy would have said anyway:0)

For some years now, I have really, really wanted a miniature sewing machine - only for display; but each time I've seen one on eBay, there's been several people bidding, with prices going anywhere between £50 - £100. So what a great thing for me on Saturday when I came across, not one, but two miniature sewing machines both ending on Saturday and with nobody else bidding. The little red one I got for just £5.00; and it's a proper working one (or at least it will be when I put a needle in it) - a child's  I assume. And the slightly bigger one was £15.00, which is just ornamental - not old, just made to look old, but I love it. The little red one is about 6 inches wide and about 5 inches high; and the other one clearly just a bit bigger.

They will eventually adorn my Welsh dresser and I think I might one of the days make a miniature patchwork quilt to lie 'casually' across to little 'Vulcan' 

:0) 




Sunday, 8 April 2018

And then there were four!!

So, it’s been almost exactly two months since my last blog post ….. hmmm!!

Generally, it takes me around three to four weeks to make a bear, so I decided I would go into a bit of mass production and make four all at the same time. It’s taken me two months, so I think I’ve achieved my object, although it’s felt like an absolute age since I ‘show cased’ anything!!

Anyway, here are my four new fluffy friends – three teddy bears and one hefalump!

Group photos first please! Meet Amelia, Oliver, Dolly and Mackenzie









They’re all made from one of my favourite teddy bear fabrics - Steiff Schulte 6mm viscose in a lovely range of muted colours. They have black glass eyes and are filled with the usual firm fibre fill and steel shot for weight. Then aged with oil pastels, with hand stitched noses and toesies! Plus faux mending stitches. They are all 5-way cotter jointed, with wobble-jointed necks. They each have a fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label sewn into the back seam and my special ‘BL’ antique style metal pin.

OLIVER








AMELIA













DOLLY










MACKENZIE









I do hope you like my new creations! If you would like any further information, please email me at:-

bilberrylane@hotmail.co.uk