How hard or soft do you stuff your bears? I've noticed that my little bears are stuffed pretty firm...but for some reason my bigger bears aren't as firm...they are squishier...I "think" I'm stuffing them so much that the seams will burst before I get them closed up but once they are all stitched together they STILL feel squishy...not that squishy is bad.
Just curious...what's your stuff level? And how do you achieve it?
I know I've stuffed enough when my pants get too tight and I feel like I'm going to burst ( usually after a good meal of Chinese food ) :lol::lol::lol: Sorry I couldn't resist.
As for my bears, I try to stuff firmly, but since I use real fur I am always afraid to put too much tension on the seams. I stuff until it is popping out of the opening then try to sew it closed. Usually I end up adding more stuffing as I stitch the opening to ensure it is packed in well.
Since I don't use mohair, I don't know if it stretches or not ???
Generally, I stuff pretty firmly. I do, however, have a couple of collectors that like their bears more flexible . . . so when I get commissions from them, I stuff accordingly. And I have had seams rip because I forced too much stuffing in, so have eased up a little in recent years. The head, though, always gets stuffed very hard!
Hi Helena, welcome to the board ! I always say ..you are gonna love it here ! Yes....what a cutie you avater is, really darling !
To all my stuff hard friends...I don't know how you all can stuff so hard then try to do needle sculpting??? I find that nearly impossible to do and I also worry about stress on the glass eyes...do they ever pop too ? ....Winney
I have a particular way of stuffing the head that still means I get a firm head but with a soft area to sculpt the eyes into. I use what I think is called orlon flock stuffing in the US - white cottony feeling stuff with a few fibres - it's definitely not polyfil. I'm not very good at explaining but here goes...
Hold the bear head cupped in the palm of your "non stuffing hand" (i.e. right hand if you're a leftie like me). Suff small pieces of stuffing into the back or non-muzzle portion of the bear's head until it is fairly firmly stuffed. Keep turning it in your hand as you stuff -b y keeping it cupped in your hand, you keep that nice round shape to the top of the head. Of course this works much easier for smaller bears.
Once that area is looking nice and round you can start working on the muzzle. With tiny pieces of stuffing start poking right into the tip of the nose. I tend to place a piece to the left side, a piece to the right and then a piece in the centre to try and keep everything nice and even. Continue working in this manner until you get the muzle stuffed. Keep feeling the muzzle as you go to make sure there are no hollows or dips.
I then go back and fill in any areas of the back of the head that may have shifted or settled. It does take quite a while and you do have to use fairly small pieces but I find this method works for me. By working on the two areas this way you end up with a nice little hollow, just enough to sink the eyes into. A few months ago, I reverted back to the original way I learnt to to stuff - nose first and then the head and found I was not able to sink my eyes in properly, so I've gone back to the slow but sure method. Hope this helps!