I received my beautiful little teddy from Sherroy today. Considering it is her first design, she should be very proud. I was going to name her Sophie but then decided on naming her Sherroy! She's made out of a very pale pink and cream alpaca (I think). She's even made a little hat and scarf.
Here's a photo of little Ellie I made for Sherroy. This is one of Merilyn Purcell's patterns - Trinket.
That's a great idea Joanne. I've made up a "games" list so when posting coins etc, it should only go to them now (I hope). I checked it out last night. Now I just have to remember to change it when I want to post to everyone.
Sherroy, send me an invite so I can check out Google+. Thanks.
I have just joined and have to spend some time looking around to get the feel of it.
I have also learned that with Facebook you can post things to only certain lists of friends you keep and only they can see the post. This is something I never knew about and I have gone on and reordered lists. I think it will make things easier for me there too.
I'll check out this Google+ but how do you only post to certain groups in FB? I can see that you can post to "Friends", "Friends of Friends" etc, but if you have made "lists" of friends such as "teddy bears", "games" etc., is this what you mean???
I need to pull my finger out and get moving. I just haven't been in a bearmaking mood lately. Last week I got together with a friend and did some so that was good. Need to do that more often!!
Sherroy and I have decided to post our bears at the same times. :dance:
Mine is ready to be stuffed and pieced together, then I will sculpt and shade him.
Don't be too quick Sherroy, mine is still not sewn up; it's started though! Maybe reading this post will get me moving a bit more quickly. :doh:
I went to the Melbourne Teddy Bear Show on Sunday and bought a couple of kits + bits & pieces, but I'm not letting myself touch them until yours is finished!
Did you end up deciding on the Bearz by Ilze tortise? As you can see from my photo here, I've made that one and just love it!
Are you saying you're looking for some mohair to match what you already have as you didn't have enough or you're looking for enough for the whole tortise? If this is the pattern you are using, you're better off using mini bear fabric for the "shell" so that you can do the markings properly.
Wow! I didn't realize how hard it's become to find Gingher scissors?! They are more expensive but they are the sharpest and most durable scissors I have ever found. They work well on my heavy Belgium Faux fur. Here's where I found the best price as of today~http://www.amazon.com/Gingher-Knife-Edge-Sewing-Scissors/dp/B000UUABE0
Another important, but I can't say favorite, tool is my Oster, Golden A5 electric clippers. It's the best clipper I have found to shave faux fur but I'm still looking. This clippers is good but it takes constant cleaning and adjusting when you do a lot of shaving. Has anyone found a good electric clipper for teddy bear fur?
That's funny, these are the clippers I use for dog grooming! I've often wondered what they'd be like to clip mohair but am afraid they'd be too dirty and oily. Might have to give them a go.
Would you believe it if I told you my letter opener is my favorite bear making tool? Well it has a sharp point and it is the best thing ever for packing the stuffing in the bear parts. It takes less energy to tap and pack it firmly. I found the tips of my small scissors do the same thing for my mini's.
Aren't you scared of poking them through the fabric?
My favourite would have to be my forceps too. I used to use the ones I use for dog grooming (to get the hair out of dogs' ears) but finally bought some for bear making because too often I'd go somewhere without them as they were in the opposite tool kit. A few days ago I bought a pair of mini ones which I'm excited about. I agree with all of you about how many things they are great for.
Wooden chopsticks with a "V" carved into the end are also good for stuffing and turning.