OK, I've been telling you (well, perhaps bragging just a bit) about the fact my Dad has started knitting teddy bears. After a demonstration on how to attach the limbs, stuff, insert eyes and embroider the nose he quickly decided he didn't want to do the finish work and left that up to me. Here we are at work about a month ago on the very first bears. Notice the little dark creature in the foreground of the first photo watching us.
And here are the first three completed critters.....
This one I quickly learned NOT to use white stuffing on a dark colored bear and discovered just how stretchy a knitted bear is! Poor fella! Oh, and mom knit his scarf!!
This bunny is made of alpaca yarn, he was felted after he was knit. I'm thinking perhaps his nose/mouth would look better if the nose was outlined in gray and his mouth also in gray. Yes, he's got a big bouffy tail made of yarn like his hair! I made him a carrot but forgot to include it in his photos... oops!
And here is a little 5 inch guy, also of felted alpaca.
We're both still learning... well, me especially..... how to work with knitted body parts! Sooo different from mohair.
I WILL be selling some of his bears....... just have to decide which ones I'll part with..... I'm feeling very sentimental about them.
Nice Work, Daphne's Dad!!! Wonderful sense of whimsey and proportion. Congrats.
Daphne, may I ask how you seamed the pcs tog? Or did Dad do that part? In particular, Brownie's seams. I have a series of photo on the Mattress/Ladder St, which actually forms more like a Z than an H. It's from my early knitting days and was refined when I worked on my Teaching qualification for APNR (Amer Professional Needlework Retailers)
I looked in our library but there's nothing on Seaming.
Perhaps if I post the series in the Tips & Techniques, someone with the powers-if-posting can put them into the Library?
2 of the dozen images on the Mattress/Ladder St.
Learning! Wow! Of course you have to feel sentimental, they are created by your created loving soul hands, Your most important treasure "Your Wonderful Special DaD"
If you call that learning Wow! what will they be like when you do learn :crackup: Just kidding.
Your Dads Bears came out just beautiful, awsome,just adorable with expressions. If your are just learning I sure would like to be by your side to learn with you!
Bobbie - yeah, those seams drive me a little crazy too. But when I looked in the pattern book he's using some of the bears in there by the preofessional pattern writer herself have very noticeable seams.
Karen, Laura, Mary & Gijzette.... thank you!!
Wait til you see the next two I'm finishing up!! Another bunny..... even cuter than the first in my opinion!
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Excellent work Daphne and Daphne's Dad (your mom, too) - those are the cutest little ones! Is the dark creature in the foreground of the first pic one of the Cairns? Love him/her, too! I would certainly be reluctant to sell your dad's critters, too, if I were in your shoes. He produced some wonderful, extra special work.
Bravo to the incredible family; they are wonderful, both in the creativeness and the workmanship
I marvel that you could part with even one of them, as they are so cute and so well done. Daphne it was a brilliant move on your part to help your dad get started on creating these treasures.
Thank you, thank you!!
Dad's name is Frank. Some of you met him at the Maine show last year... his name is no secret... don't why I never told you all! Though he's very happy to go by "Daphne's Dad"!
Sue Ann - yes, that's Dandy, one of the two cairns.
I just finished the littlest guy yet. More pictures tomorrow!!
Adorable little knitted guys what talent your family has don't sell them until you're sure Daphne...you wouldn't want to regret it afterwards......and do make more bunniies!
Hugs to you all Lynne :hug:
ps love Jane's certificates!
ps Daphne did you felt the knitting before stitching the pieces together?