It has been a frustrating week. The promised plain cotton bear of my last post didn't work out as planned. There were several problems. First off, I was going to make him to this pattern. I should have realised though that without the thickness of the pile, I would need to make the pattern more chunky. I made the body and legs, but when I put them together to joint them, the poor thing looked positively malnourished, so I decided not to continue with him.
The second problem was with the joints. The joints I use involve two thin hardboard discs. With mohair, these are padded and protected - by both the pile and the relatively tough fabric - but with thin muslin, they had barely any padding at all. I could have knocked someone out cold with my teddy bear leg. I think I probably need to use plastic joints, and give the padding situation a bit more thought.
Thirdly, the muslin I used looked tatty. It's all very well going for a sort of rustic, hand-crafted look, but with muslin you can see your own seam allowances and the formation of the stuffing inside. I will try a different fabric - perhaps a heavier one.
Anyway, I have been doing other things this week. I drew a picture of a polar bear, which turned out quite sweet, and I have always meant to make an unjointed block bear (like these elephants) so I thought I'd try to make the bear I had drawn.
People keep telling me the nose is too long and the head is too pointy, and that he doesn't actually look like a polar bear. I have (rather tentatively) held my ground though. He's not supposed to look realistic - he is a cartoon polar bear! So there.
I am going to make his rear end a bit taller, because I think the silhouette is a little off, but otherwise I am happy with this.
I have also, been decorating gift boxes. Remember the gift box in this post (right at the bottom)? Here are some more.
Also, my nephew was fiddling with them, and left what I think might be yoghurt inside one of them.
Anyway, the effect is quite nice (of the teddy bear designs, I mean - not the yoghurt), so I think I may have another go at this.