What a wonderful nose :clap:
I love big noses too and do them in this way:
I make three templates of felt: The first one in the size of the finished nose, the second one a little smaller than the first one and the third smaller than the second one.
After this, I sew them to the place, where the nose looks best and begin to stitch the nose with pearl thread no. 8 in 5 or more layers. At the end I use wax to finish the nose
I would like some big nose help from all of you also. I do the stuffing under the felt nose template and I have a friend that does the layered felt nose. The problem we are experiencing is that when we do the satin stitch at the outside edges of the nose on each side the stitches will fall away to the face and not stay on the nose. Do any of you have that problem? How do you fix it?
Thanks for any help.
YEAH Donna! I found that even with the few noses I did try to embroider.... so maybe they were large afterall?? But the stiches on the sides DID slide off, no matter what I did So I'll eagerly await replies to your question.
As for GLUE...whooboy do I wish I could use that media! I've seen so many artists use it to good effect with their bears. I dutifully tried it under my bear's eyes, as per Nancy Tillberg's instructions... :crackup: I wish you all could have seen! :crackup: Ummm....picture me with the glue in my hair, hair smeared across forehead (read, glued to forehead!), and at least 5 of the 8 fingers stuck together. Oh, that eye that was supposed to be perfectly adhered in place? It was dangling, glued to the thread I couldn't seem to wrangle out of the way fast enough, and some of the muskrat fur plastered back on the bear's forehead and to the nose...well at least the bear and I matched Okay, so I admit...I'm a clutz when it comes to the glue bottle
Above all, these are some FANTASTIC noses ladies :clap: I just love huge noses on bears
I now do the felt template, sew it to the face leaving an oppening, and fill it with polyester before closing.
Then I use twisted cotton, which is my favourite, to embroid the nose. I always begin on the sides first and go towards the middle.
The thread is not falling and stays well in place. Maybe it is due to the texture of twisted thread...
Hope that helps...
Contrary to perle cotton, twisted cotton gives a mat look, but you can then add some wax or varnish.
Just wondering how many layers do you stitch over your noses, have read some just do 2 but then I see some noses and think that it must be alot more. Or does it depend on what sort of nose you are doing............HELP!! yep have problems with the stitching at the sides, as it falls away have tried the felt template but maybe its just me............ANY IDEAS WOULD BE GREAT
Glad this came to the top again because I have be playing and found a great way to get big noses........
Needlefelting!!!! I needlefelt a nose on first, excatly the size and shape I want. Get it nice and firm. Then I embroider over that. If you have to use glue you can use tacky glue... doesn't have to be industrial strength.... to keep your stitches in place but I find that the needlefelted nose has just enough give to it that the embroidery floss lays right in place if you pull your stitches in firmly... no glue necessary.
Debbie wrote: Tillberg's instructions... I wish you all could have seen! Ummm....picture me with the glue in my hair, hair smeared across forehead (read, glued to forehead!), and at least 5 of the 8 fingers stuck together. Oh, that eye that was supposed to be perfectly adhered in place? It was dangling, glued to the thread I couldn't seem to wrangle out of the way fast enough, and some of the muskrat fur plastered back on the
Debbie: you are a hoot!! I am visioning this comedy of errors and it is too funny for words..Just so you don't think you are alone, something simular happened to me too with a clay nose and sculpy varnish and superglue.
As for the big noses, I am happy to see this thread. I too want to learn more about big noses. Very helpful hints!
As to the stitches sliding off the sides of the noses when embroidering, I use a fabric glue stick. It is water soluble, non-toxic and acid free, so it will not do any damage to your fabric for the 100+ bear years. Since it is water soluble, if you get it on your hands or in places on the bear you don't want it on, it will come off easily. And it does dry clear.
I use the template and when I get to the edges, put a smidgeon of the fabric glue on with a toothpick and then as you take each stitch, push it down onto the glue and it will stay.
I don't like to "glue" my bears either, but I consider this a "sewing" application since it is a fabric glue stick.
Hope you give it a try.