Here we go!
I just finished making my teddy!
Paula, thank you so much for this challenge! It was fun, and I finally got inspired to create a new pattern!
Pandas are a new design for me, but I am pretty pleased with the way she turned out...
Whoops, I forgot the details
3" standing (2"sitting)
made of Long Pile cashmere and a "mystery fabric" from a local fabric shop...
She also has pulled toes, onyx eyes and is thread-jointed (and disc-jointed...yes, there is a story there )
I agree with Tina, 101 Bears to Make is definitely a great resource!
My other favorite is "How to Make Enchanting Miniature Teddy Bears" by Debbie Kesling. This book is so cute and it has very clear photos and instructions, it even has a section on starting to sell your bears, which I've found very helpful. You can find this book on eBay occasionally, but I believe that is out of print so there are not very many copies circulating...
Hope this helps!
I am considering purchasing some mini-mohair to make my teddies with and I have a few questions...
My bears are typically about 2 1/2-3 1/2" tall and usually have fairly thin limbs...should I enlarge my patterns when using mohair?
Also what kind of mohair should I purchase? I am looking at the mohair from Sassy Bears and Fabrics ( http://www.king-cart.com/cgi-bin/cart.c … atch=exact )
has anyone else used this mohair? If you have a pic that would be great
Finally, when working a mohair, what precautions do I need to take? I realize that it will fray, but I am wondering if since is a natural fiber do I need be aware of pests (bugs and such) when using it?
Oops a few more,
Does mohair aggravate allergies?
Are there synthetic substitutes that look like mohair on a finished bear?
Thanks for you time!
Sorry about all the questions
I've been lurking for quite a while, :redface: but finally decided to join!
I've been making miniature teddies for about 3 years now, my avatar bear is one of my latest
I hope to soon start off my business (Bearz by Ellen) the information in the library has been very helpful, so I hope to have my business ready to go by early Spring Now I just have to make more bears!!!
My other interests are, cooking, photgraphy, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking...all are probably responsible for my dwindling bear output
Anyway, I'm really excited about joining...