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Ohhh... her little toes are more than perfect!!!!! bear_grin

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I do stuff like that all the time.   bear_tongue   STILL!!!!  Lisa's right... it's all good... I usually don't end up liking the size of the ears I've cut, so I end up making new ones from my "whoopsie scraps."   bear_whistle   But when you are running low on a certain mohair and you forget to reverse the body for the second piece... THEN you are in trouble!   :doh:  I did that a couple of weeks ago!

Hugs,
Kim Basta

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A stranded thread is usually what we think of as the type of thread that is used for embroidery and counted cross stitch.  It's a thick piece when you unwind it from the little skein... but can be separated into 6 little threads as well.  Many times in embroidery or cross stitch you are instructed to use just one or two or three threads.  A non-stranded thread would not be able to be separated, or isn't intended to be separated.

DMC is actually a brand of sewing supplies.  They make lots of different kinds of threads for use in various needle arts.  When folks say "DMC" here though, they are generally refering to the DMC stranded embroidery cotton.... the stuff omost often sold in USA stores for general embroidery work and counted cross stitch... and also frequently used for bear noses. 

Hugs,   
Kim Basta

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Iv'e used the stranded silk embroidery thread quite often for full sized bears.  It is a bit fussier to work with than DMC cotton embroidery thread, but I do like the soft sheen it has.

Kim Basta

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Thanks for weighing in Janice.  It's very much like using products on human hair.... some products are just yuck... and some can work miracles!  bear_wub

Hugs,
Kim

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Hi there!  Putting water on the mohair won't harm it in the least bit.  I do it all the time.   bear_smile   I would try to avoid completely saturating the backing though as it could shrink a bit depending on how he mohair was dyed/curled etc before it came to you.  Just get the hair part wet with a brush or spray bottle, then lightly comb it or brush it with your fingers or a hairbrush... let it dry and see where you are at. 

I'd simply try that before adding a hair product.  I'm sure that some could leave flakes, or yellow over time... though I know that there are some bear makers who do use "product" on mohair with regularity. 

I use water to bring back the curl on my bears after they've been matted or become too fluffed from my working on them.

Let us know how it goes!

Hugs,
Kim Basta

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Hello there!  This is my newest bear, Neve (from the Latin for snow).  She's 15 inches tall and made of a gorgeous, swirly-curly long white mohair.  I hope you'll take a moment to visit the TeddiesWorldwide show preview page.  You'll recognize a LOT of lovely Teddy Talk artists there!   :dance:  Please take a moment to vote for your favorite bear in each category while you are there. 

TeddiesWorldwide.com

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I LOVED eBay until about a year ago.... I don't think I'll ever go back to selling there.  I WISH it was more like it used to be.  I HATE to bash eBay, as they were truly the reason I was able to put together such a lovely bunch of collectors/mailing list.... I just wish they hadn't changed everything.... bear_cry

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I think we've all done a few "experimental" things that have ended up going disasterously wrong.   :doh:  Experimenting is great... sometimes it's just a live and learn thing, but sometimes you end up figuring out a whole new way to do something!  :dance:  The great thing about this place is, that you can try avoid making TOO many of the live and learn type mistakes.   Without words of wisdom from those who have gone before me, I think I would have thrown in the towel on bearmaking years ago!   bear_wub

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I've used velboa fur quite frequently for my miniatures Karen.  It's works great small scale.  bear_thumb  If I'm not mistaken, I believe it has a bit of stretch to it width-wise.  I used heavy-duty iron on interfacing to diminish it.

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Seriously?  I mean... SERIOUSLY  Holy cow Kelly!!!!!!  bear_thumb  bear_wub

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Oh Clare!  I have been away from Teddy Talk for too long!!!!  Your guys are wonderfully unique and downright whimsical!!!!!  Love them!!!!  bear_wub  :clap:

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Picture-7.jpgPicture-5.jpgHello all!  My newest little one is now available on eBay until Sunday, July 5th.  You can find more pictures of her, and read all her details by clicking here...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi … 0437822793

I've done some cool ribbon work on this little girl in the form of a skirt and hat.  Pop by for a peek if you get a chance!

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He is definitely keeping me BUSY!  For sure!   bear_tongue   He has such a personality too.  He doesn't like water on his feet, and every morning when I take him out the grass is covered with dew, so he's taken to "doing his business" on our welcome mat!  What a welcome that is!  Maybe he just sees it as an invitation! You are quite welcome to poop right here!  :crackup:  He loves to cuddle, so he's been sleeping with me as I watch TV at night.  Sometimes he curls up right across the back of my shoulders and hangs his head down over my neck.  And I DO bring him to bed with me still.... Uggg... I just can't help it though.  He's so cuddly and sweet.   bear_cry  bear_whistle  bear_smile

Puppy Kisses and Hugs!

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Hugo11weeks1.jpgHugo12weeks.jpgHugo is growing like a weed!!!!  he actually looks a LOT bigger in his photos... he's only about 6 pounds... and FULL of puppy love!

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Absolute ditto of what what Shelli said... that's exactly what i was thinking... certainly you can still make one from time to time if the mood strikes and it makes your heart happy?

:hug:  :pray:

Kim

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So wonderful!!!  Love those expressive eyes!!!  :hug:

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What a sweetheart!  Those big ears remind me of my new puppy!   bear_wub

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Hey there!!!!  Welcome back!  :hug:

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Awww... little Pippin!   :hug:  bear_cry  :hug:   Get better soon sweetie!!!!!  Big hugs from the Bastas and Hugo!  bear_wub

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Oh he's gorgeous!!!!  babies always bring a smile to my heart.  Thanks for sharing Nina!  bear_wub  :hug:

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What a great topic Thomas!   :clap:

I had lots of teddies as a child, but one that I was particularly fond of... just a plain ol' cheapie that my grandparents bought me when I was born.  I used him as an outlet for all my hopes, dreams, fears, creativity... etc...  I used to act out various scenarios concerning how I felt about bullies, or practice asking someone if they wanted to play.  At  various times he was a ballerina, a mom, a teacher.... I threw him across the room if I was mad at my brother!  :twisted:    bear_cry  I got to try all out all these things through childish play acting before I had to attempt to do them in real life.  Well, I never did throw my brother across the room.... but maybe I would have if I didn't have that all-forgiving teddy to try it out on!   bear_innocent

I find that when I create my teddies now, espeically costumed/character teddies, they almost function in the same way... it's a way to act out my own little fantasy world and off the wall ideas without actually DOING it myself.  Hey... I'd LOVE to prance around in a glittery fairy skirt, or a gorgeous Elizabethan neck ruff, but I'd probably get a few strange looks at the grocery store!   bear_smile

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Hey Tami.... Looks like great minds think alike!!!!  bear_whistle  :hug:

Glad you found something there Karen!  :dance:

Kim Basta

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I like Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft!   bear_tongue
But... only when there's a good sale! 

http://www.anntaylor.com/home.jsp?cid=y_ps&cid=PPC0001

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That is SO wonderful!  Congratulations to you both!  My Mom once told me that a mother is only ever as happy as her least happy child.  I totally get that now... I totally understand how you feel all the worry, sadness, anxiety.  But, obviously, when they succeed... you get all that joy and pride 10 fold! 

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