I thought I'd throw this out there to see if I could find any takers. I propose a challenge where we make a bear entirely by feel without using sight. You can use sight to cut out the pattern because I can't even do that, but the sewing should be done by feel. For those of you who don't know, I'm almost totally blind and I'm a bear maker. I've had challenges that most people don't have. I just thought it would be fun to see if anybody else would try this. If you do it and you think your bear looks weird, I know a collector who would adore them, BTW. Bearlove to you all.
I don't think mine would look great either to be honest but that's not why I want to give it a go, I just think it would be a good learning experience. And I make alot of griffons, dragons and unusual creatures anyway ~ my bear made by feel couldn't look less bear-like then them lol.
Count me in if the challenge goes ahead.
Would some time in February be okay? I know the Christmas season is coming up, so I figure that would give people plenty of time so they can sell their bears they have to make. BTW, it doesn't have to be a bear. It can be anything you want. The only rule is that you can't use your eyeballs except for cutting out the bear because I can't ask someone to do something I don't know how to do.
I'm so glad we have until Feb as I have about 17 custom orders piled up to work through and I think I'm going to be working on them for quite some time, but I'd love to enter this challenge so if I get time I will try and make something for it.... maybe it will be a dragon or something so it doesn't have to look like a bear lol.
I hope I get the time to enter something..... I recently entered a comp on another forum and since then my bears have really taken off. Trouble is, no one wants to buy the bears I already have for sale - they all want custom made ones and I can only do so much, around 1 bear a week so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the minute but will try to make something for the challenge! If I don't get it in on time for the challenge I want to give it a go anyway, just for myself as I really want to it's something that is important to me. Can't wait to see everyone's creations!
Hi Wubbie! If I am not too late I would like to give it a try. I can cut vegtables and peel potatoes in my hands closing my eyes. I get cut if I use a cutting board. I have done this since I was very young.
One of my mothers that raised me was blind and she used to do everthing. Cooking,sewing and raising children.
I think I would be able to sew a bear just by touch. It would be a challenge for me too. I know I would poke my self many times with the needle in the process but its worth trying. in your challenge. What size does he have to be? :hug: to you
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I am new to it and still learning to move around you can find me with my name. :hug: again to all!
My great aunt was blind and she cooked, washed dishes, cleaned her home and did everything for herself. I remember thinking she was going to cut her fingers off but the last time I saw her was for her 75th anniversary! Oh, yes, she also had glass eyes and the kids were always wanting her to take them out...KIDS!
What I do with seam allowance is just do it by feel. If you put the edge of your finger there and just have a little space, not right on the edge, you'll get it. Of course you will stab yourself, but hey, all for the love of bears, right?
There are no rules about size or style or anything, just that you have to sew only be feel. If you think you'll have trouble with a regular pattern, I would highly recommend a flattie to start out with.
I'm willing to give it a shot. Most times I'm paying attention to something else so I don't always pay attention to my sewing. One time I sewed my finger to the bear. I didn't realize it till I went to pull the next stitch tight. That was not a fun day. But then I needle felt as well and anyone that does needle felting will understand what I mean when I say you grow immune to the stabs. They happen. I think to make sure that I do this only by feel I am going to work with my hands under a piece of cotton. Light enough so it won't make it hard to move my hands but dark enough so that I can't see through it to what I am doing. Might be an idea for anyone that wants to peek. LOL
Hi! again Wubbie I deeply admire you... those that say I can't you show us its possible. I have read your blog which I liked very much you should make a children story book.and I promise to have one of your little ones for one of my grandkids that always tells me I can't. :hug: I am planning in making my bear by feeling and touching just like you say.
But...I wanted to ask you Wubbie if we could use a thimble in our fingers so we don't get too many pokies on them. I used to see my mother in law use these,they are metal.I make chile sauce for my family often and I do not mind the poke but no...no... want to feel that pain when I get chile to peel or smash it the old fashion way :crackup: :hug: :hug: