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gingerbear

Hello everyone!
I'm new to sewing minis, a few years ago I made a few that didn't turn out well. But I'm really determined to give this another try! I'm making these strictly for fun and just for myself, but I want very much to make really good quality bears. After doing some reading here, I can see some of the mistakes I was making, so I'm actually excited that maybe there's hope if I don't give up! I do have a few newbie questions and would be so appreciative of some help.

~ I'm currently making a very sparse mohair 4" bear from a kit. I've used Sassy's Magic fabric fixer all over the back of the material in a thin coat and blotted excess. Here's hoping that was the correct thing to do! Now, do I trim the hair from the seam allowance (in this case it's 3mm)?

~Would someone please try to explain to me how to know when the tension in my st is correct? What do I look for? Do you pull very tight?

Thanks so much! I'm sure I'll have more questions.... This forum is so amazingly helpful and I would have quit completely if it wasn't here! I've really learned a great deal already.

gingerbear

gingerbear

thanks for the tips.   i've been jiggling but not rolling the ball in my hands first,   i'll have to try that one!!! 

ginnie

gingerbear

OOOhhhh!  I've been wanting to get one of those videos but didn't know which one was the best option.  I have trouble with gussets and feet, and my noses need some help, too. Which ones are your favorites? The Laing video?

ginnie

gingerbear

thanks for the tips, girls.   i don't have much to post yet, judi... i did post my mouse already, the rest of the projects are "in the works".   hopefully my computer whiz son will be home from college this weekend and help me learn to resize my photos so i can actually have an AVATAR!!! whoopee!!! :lol:

i really LOVE needlefelting, it's just wonderful.   bear_wub  and since i don't really know what i'm doing i'm free to make all kinds of wacky experiments and mistakes along the way.   bear_shocked i've already tried whacking off half an arm and re-felting it and it worked great!  that's what i need, plenty of room for mistakes.  :rolleyes:

ginnie

gingerbear

greetings celena!   i'm new here too.  everyone is amazingly helpful and kind, you'll learn sooooo much.  your bears are very cute,  can't wait to see more of them!

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

just want to say thanks to EVERYONE for the sweet, warm welcome.... bear_wub bear_wub bear_wub

and all the compliments for my mouse.   you've inspired me to keep at it!   i hope one day i can switch back to making mohair bears and actually do a decent job of it, with your help.   in the meantime, i like the freedom of the needlefelting (but not the holes in my fingers...ouch!!!)   bear_grin bear_grin bear_grin

ginnie bear_flower

gingerbear
MerBear wrote:

OK...if you want to list animals: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 birds, 25 chickens (maybe less now, depends on the racoon), 2 cows, 2 steers, 1 calf, 15 or so rabbits, 4 horses, pigs in season(and now is the freezer season). Are your Jerseys going to be bred for milking? I had a friendly Jersey for years, Norma.
Isn't it nice to find your own time as the kids get older!
As I've said before, your mouse is so impressive - certainly one of the nicest needlefelted creations I've ever seen.


Marion

marion, you've got me beat in the animal department!   right now the heifers are babies, we haven't decided to breed them yet or not.   tom wants to, but i don't want to be tied down to milking... i'm sure judi can tell you that's a HUGE job, but not as big a deal with just a couple of them, like we have, of course.   i'm more into the horses, the heifers are my husband's.  but they are the CUTEST little cows, i just love them!

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear
sandi wrote:

Welcome fellow Vermonter.  Your mouse is awesome.

Sandi

hi sandi!   wow, you're just up the road from me!   have you been doing bears for a while?   this is all pretty new for me, but i'm really having fun.

ginnie bear_flower

gingerbear

Hi ladies,

For some reason the first needlefelted project I did went better than this next one,   bear_ermm  so I am wondering if someone can clarify something for me, since I can't remember what I did the first time when it worked!!! :wacko:

I like my pieces needlefelted firmly. So when adding a longer snout to a round core ball, should I be felting that ball as hard as I can get it and THEN add the snout? Or should there still be some give in the initial ball when I add on to it? It seems the snout won't felt down as firmly when I add it afterwards.

Thanks!!!!!!!! bear_flower bear_flower bear_flower

ginnie

gingerbear

susan, if anyone is left without a partner i would be happy to swap with another partner in addition to marion.    :rose:

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

thanks so much for letting me come in at the last second, susan!  :rose:

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

jenny, he is really adorable, i love his expression!  :thumbsup:

ginnie

gingerbear

amanda, he is just adorable!  he has a very sweet look about him, and his nose came out great! 

ginnie

gingerbear

Roxanne, if I can ever figure out how to post photos to this group without dear Penny helping out, I will definitely post some of Vermont for you! We would love having you for a visit, too.   :rose:

Penny your grandbaby Joshua is the sweetest little darling, you are a lucky lady this year!!!  :dance:

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

that's terrifying!  but the photos are gorgeous....

ginnie

gingerbear
Daphne wrote:

"Mary Did You Know?" by Mark Lowry.... sung by loads of famous artists. It's just beautiful and not your typical christmas carol.... though there are oodles of those I like too.  :lol:

Ginnie - I don't think I've heard Sinead do 'Silent Night'... I'll have to check that out. It's such a  beautiful song.

Daphne

Daphne it's a difficult recording to find, but worth it if you can. I think it's on a cd with only another song or two on it.

ginnie

gingerbear

Here in Vermont we take sleigh rides and feed birds and go caroling and skating on the pond and build snowmen.... I love Christmas. Everyone volunteers, I love Vermont, Christmas is not about commercialization here among the people I know.

I have to admit I'm strange though.... I secretly listen to Christmas music all year long, hiding away with my ear phones on!!! Teeheee!!!

ginnie :redface:

gingerbear

wow, it's really hard to choose just one... especially since my daughter is named "noelle"  lol...  :whistle:

i like tori amos' version of "have yourself a merry little christmas", which for some reason reduces me to tears no matter who sings it!!! :cry:

sinead o'connor does the most beautiful "silent night" i've ever heard... bear_rolleyes

hard to beat vince guaraldi's jazzy peanuts christmas stuff.... :)

tony bennett's "snowfall" cd is lovely  :whistle:

anything from the choral group "chanticleer"  :love:

if i had to choose just one maybe it would be louis armstrong's "zat you santa claus?"  bear_grin  bear_grin  bear_grin

ginnie  bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

hi aleta,

welcome,  i'm new here, too.

i LOVE your bears...they are wonderful!!! 
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ginnie bear_flower

gingerbear

it's taken me a while to discover all the nuances of this site...  and i actually posted my intro somewhere else not realizing there was a special place to do that!  so today i found some time to really investigate and found all sorts of wonderful things, not to mention a great number of tips and directions.  i love this site!   and the members are the most helpful people imaginable.

here's a link to see my first needlefelted mouse, since i haven't been able to figure out how to compress my photos yet i had to set up a site...don't worry, eventually i'll figure it out, i'm just technologically very slow!

http://www.kodakgallery.com/thanksgivingfarm

i'm living in vermont with 2 kids, 1 husband, 10 chickens, 2 jersey heifers, 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 dwarf hamsters.  whew!!!    i am a former architect and was always involved in art, but quit after my kids were born.   my youngest is now 11 and so i'm finally finding the time to get back into the art i've been missing... and at this point in time, my passion is needlefelting, which is new to me and a BLAST!!!

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

hi kim,  i'm new here too... there are the most wonderful, helpful people on this board.   it's a great place to visit!  welcome!!! :rose:

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

oh,  i think i'm coming in too late, now i'm reading some of the last posts... sorry to be a bother girls, i'll try for next time, didn't mean to upset the balance of things!  bear_shocked   

ginnie bear_flower

gingerbear

well,   i would be coming in a little late   :rose:,   but i just found this thread today...nov. 1st... where can i get information on the requirements for this swap?   would anyone be unhappy with a needlefelted creature?   bear_noexpression  what are the sizes, , materials used, etc.?    thanks everyone!    this might be very fun!!!

ginnie bear_original

gingerbear

loved looking at all these creations.  i guess now i'll need to try making a pin!   great idea!!!

ginnie bear_rolleyes

gingerbear

a beautiful bear, marion!   makes me really want to take this class!!!

ginnie

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