Thursday, 24 January 2013


This is Wednesday's bear - Oswald.  Love the close-ups up of his face!

Again, he was a swine to make - with all that long, fluffy fur.  I was really chuffed with the results though.  For some reason his eyes look slightly blue - they're actually transparent.

I'm not sure whether my new working plan is successful or not.  Certainly I've been a whole lot more productive since I started it.  But although I'm still managing one bear a day, I seem to be finishing later and later each day.  And the idea was that I'd do some different stuff in the evenings - like coming up with new patterns - but I'm finding that, having spent all day sewing, I'm desperate to do something else by the evening.


Plus, the bear that I finished this evening looks very strange indeed!  I'm not sure he's going to be saleable really.  I had just a tiny bit of the gel-tipped mohair, so I thought I'd make a bear with it, but do the lower half of the body in striped cotton - as in, bear in bathing trunks, with spiky fur having just been for a swim!  Unfortunately the cotton fabric was rather thin and, although I interfaced it, it didn't sew up very well when I was closing the gap in the stomach.  In all other respects, he's very sweet - it's just his wrinkled, puckered trunks which are not right!

Anyway - only another four of this design to go!


Polly said...

I love these little bears you are making atm. My favourite is the sheepskin type one. He looks like a little lamb to me.
You should do well on Etsy with these I think.
Pauline xxx

Ruth said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Ruth said...

Cheers Polly! Yes, Tablecloth is my favourite too. Unfortunately the one I'll add today lets the side down a bit :-( Or at least, his shorts do.

Gratia T. said...

Hi, I couldn't find a seperate contact info, but I absolute love your blog and teddy bears, and am new to the art of teddy bear. Is velveteen a good fabric for a mini bear? Thanks so much, and keep up the bears! I love checking your blog everyday.

Ruth said...

@Gratia T - why thank you - it's lovely to hear from you! I have never tried velveteen to be honest. I've tried velvet (which was a disaster!) but velveteen is cotton based isn't it? You can get mohair specifically for mini bears, and then there's the faux cashmere, which is lovely and much less expensive. Polly - the lady in the comment at the top - makes mini bears. Perhaps try her? Thanks for stopping by x