Hi all! I have a good friend who just purchased the whole series of Winnie the Pooh books for her twin granddaughters & she was thinking it would be nice to make them each a Pooh for Xmas. She asked me if I could recommend a good pattern & after exhausting the internet, I couldn't find anything really nice. The bears won't be 'played with' as both girls are now 6 but I would love to be able to give her a lead to getting a good pattern. Does anyone here design & sell Pooh patterns? Or do you know of a company or person who does? I would so appreciate any help coming...
Thanks so much for any help you can lend...
Aaah, I just found this post & while I'm not doing shading, or using an airgun, I do need some suggestions from expert mohair painters!
I am a bear creator but am making a grey & white kitty for our vet for Xmas. It hopefully will look like my cat Spencer when I'm done & the pattern I'll be using is not large. I've managed to do the 'socks' & the white tummy but the face is going to be a bear...ooops! 'Scuse the pun...this is a cat...Spencer! Spencer has a white snout but he had a very distinct, narrow white strike up between his eyes that if I don't do it, it misses looking like him altogether. I've tried cutting test fabric using the pattern piece but by the time I get the seams done it's very clumpy. And that's just using cotton! It would not only be hard to sew with mohair but also very clumpy!
So my solution, I was thinking of using a bit of fabric paint & painting the stripe, but it will need to have good coverage over the grey mohair?
If anyone has any tips on a good fabric paint that would give me what I need...or any other ideas on how I could get the strike up his face, I'd be very happy right now!
Thanks for reading...
Wow! I came here tonight to ask about tight/not so tight joints & immediately got my answer...I think. I've been getting some tight enough, but some very loose & tho' I thought I was doing everything identical, apparently I'm not. The bear I just finished has very loose legs yet her head & arms are fine...? I got my husband to tighten the leg joints because he has strong hands. Or at least that was my thinking. Perhaps I should have done all five joints myself? I'm using hardboard disks & cotter pins & I also use needle nose pliers. I sure would appreciate any other tips you can give me to assure a good tight joint?
Thanks in advance
The very same SueAnn...lol! I wish I could too...I used to foster but after five failures at that I stick to networking them.
I have no original bears...yet! All mine are either patterns or combos of a couple of patterns.
These are my Three Bears family, but again, not completely my design.
Years back I did bears for children to play with, but there aren't any pictures of those, I don't think. They were simple three piece bears (a back & two fronts), made of velour & had belly buttons...very squishy & great to go to bed with. I will try & see if I can find any random ones.
SueAnn - I'm there at Facebook already...I'm that annoying animal advocate Ginger who is trying to place cats & dogs there? Which also takes up way too much of my time.
I will definitely think seriously about doing something tho'...I love making bears & miss doing it because we'll have to move out of the house if I make any more right now. Thanks for your encouragement.
Well, this is embarrassing! I introduce myself here & then leave, never to be heard from again! My apologies to all who made me feel so very welcome. I am making every attempt to start over again now that we have a new year. My problem is I have too many hobbies & I'm not willing to give any of them up. So sadly, some of the extra things attached to those hobbies get neglected too.
To SueAnn -- I'm not sure how to sell online yet. That's another learning curve for me. Someday soon, I hope! So far, the bears I've made are custom order from my husbands company (which is mammoth) as well as 'word of mouth' orders in our neighborhood. And there's a small Amith craftshop in our region who takes my bear babies on consignment & they sell there reasonably well. The only problem there is they get handled too much so I don't care for that method.
Oh & SueAnn, no, as southerly as I've lived is Vegas but I picked up the "y'all" when living in Denver...lol! I've also lived in San Fran, Detroit, Pittsburgh & now here in Coatesville PA...hopefully I've settled this time. The downside of having a husband in mass transit is there is no nest building. Ever!
Is it something in the air today or does this forum always get this many members joining everyday? I'm not new to making bears but I sure am new to opening a 'shop' online. Y'all are welcome to point & laugh as I stumble my way around...I'll prolly sell the first three bears to myself by accident until I can figure out how to do things.
Anyway, I feel a lot better knowing there's a place like this that I can run to. So far everyone looks like friendly bears?
Wish me luck, 'kay?