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sewzanne Raccoon Creek Bears
New Jersey
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HI- I'm interested in trying to make a bear with a sewn on stuffed leather nose. I'm not sure where to find thin flexible leather, though; neither the craft store nor the fabric store near me have anything even remotely possible. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
   Thanks- Suzanne

psichick78 Flying Fur Studios
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,073

Although I have yet to make a leather nose, I hear that you should try used leather. Such a leather gloves. You should try hunting the thrift store.
Hope this helps,
Heather

kbonsall Kim-Bee Bears
Pennsylvania
Posts: 5,645

Michaels and AC Moore have some in the "leather crafting" section

SueAnn Past Time Bears
Flower Mound, Texas
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You could also buy a chamois skin at any hardware store . . . or log on to www.tandyleather.com

Shelli SHELLI MAKES
Chico, California
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I bought some at a show from Loptien Leather.  I think it's the lambskin that's the softest stuff, with a wonderful, buttery sheen.  Their website is:  http://www.loptienleather.com/

Best part is, you can get bitty little pieces; you don't have to order, say, an entire yard wide piece.  There are often bits available in odd sizes around 12x12 inches.

Have fun!

shantell Apple Dumpling Designs
Willamette Valley Oregon
Posts: 3,128

Leather noses look hard?  Not as in hard as plastic but hard to put on a bear and not make it look like a lump of  leather.  Any advice?  Not that I'm anywhere near ready to try a leather nose...just well....nosey  :redface:

Just Us Bears Just Us Bears
Australia
Posts: 940

Shantell,
I thought a leather nose would be hard to do as well...but they aren't. Jennifer Laing showed me how to do one in a workshop earlier this year.  I'm sure as in most things, there are many ways to do it. We used really soft, thin leather....we bought a leather coat at a thrift shop for about $5.00. I think that's the thing that always put me off trying was that the leather noses looked thick and I couldn't get my head around how you could stitch thru it. So you need soft, thin leather.

Anyway...we cut the shape of the nose we wanted, then glued it on with a bit of Kwik Grip, and just used an applique stitch to attach it. I went around the nose about three times, to make it all look even. You can stitch very close to the edge of the leather without it pulling through. Also, if you want a raised leather nose, you can either attach shapes under the nose template before you start sewing the top layer on...as in start with a small shape, glue on a slightly larger shape, and so on, until it gets to the height you are after. Another method Jennifer told us is to skip the glue bit (takes a bit more patience) and sew around three quarters of the nose....push some stuffing in and then close the opening. Voila! bear_thumb

Donna Donna's Duin Bruins
Burbank, CA
Posts: 900

Check out www.hidehouse.com.  They have two locations in CA.  One in Napa and one in San Dimas.   They could put together a grab bag of small scraps for you.
Have you seen the leather noses that are made using a pie piece shape?  Bring the two flat edges together to turn it into a cone shape.  Attach the wide part of the cone to the bears nose then fold the point down over the seam.  All of this can be glued but since I really dislike doing much with glue on mohair I tend to stitch.
Donna

Shelli SHELLI MAKES
Chico, California
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Donna, you're invaluable.  Thanks for these great resources and tips!  I never heard the cone idea before.  Sounds easy and do-able, both.

sewzanne Raccoon Creek Bears
New Jersey
Posts: 151

Thank you all once again for your help. Since I'm impatient to start (the bear is done except for the nose), I think I'll check out the second hand stores for a pair of gloves or an old coat if I get lucky! I did try Michael's but the leather seemed too thick to sew or drape in the way I have in my mind.  bear_sad I gave this bear an open mouth.It was the first time I tried doing that and (s)he seems like (s)he needs a big nose to balance the look.
You're a great resource group to turn to!  :)
Suzanne

melissa Honeythorpe Bears
Wellington, New Zealand
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I haven't tried Jennifer's method but I know that it is detailed in her green book (teddy bear art??) I want to try it but can't face putting leather on a 3 inch bear!  I know that Carrie Attwood used to do them and hers were amazing.

rufnut Rufnut Teddy's
Victoria Australia
Posts: 2,725

I tried a leather nose for the first time, and loved the results, well worth the try especially on larger bears  bear_happy

matilda Matilda Huggington-beare
WA
Posts: 5,551

I have decided on doing a leather nose for one of my critters so thought I would pop in to see if anyone has come up with any new ideas and or tips?
:dance:

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