Another work of art, like all the others! I don't know what the bidding is at now, and I wouldn't be able to afford it with the exchange rate in any event, but all the best of luck, Joanne, and I do hope he goes to the right one! I know what you mean about e-bay, we have a similar one here, and I also love it, but it IS a huge risk to sell through. Mostly I just buy, I love the bidding!
I don't know what a lockline spine is though, or the wiring :redface: please explain to the novice?
Your realistic bears are truly artworks, and at this point I do not aspire to anything approaching your skill. I do like working with the denser fur, and prefer the lush effect on the finished bear, even if it is a fantasy type bear, which is what I enjoy creating.
Are all of LouBears' qualities less dense? Where would I need to go to get the denser varieties, keeping in mind that for a while to come I will be only making regular bears, not collectors pieces?
Has anyone heard of or used the product made by LOUBEAR?
Once I have gained confidence in my skills, and want to start making collectable bears, I will be using them as a source, with them being right here on my doorstep, so to speak, and having travelled in the Eastern Cape area, I know that it produces very fine mohair for knitting and weaving.
From what I have seen on their site, www.loubear.com it looks perfectly good to me, but then, I am a total novice.
What particularly appealed to me was the loomstate versions, which one can dye to any colour one wishes.
I would much appreciate feedback from anyone who has used it, it would be very valuable to me.
It does indeed, Joanne, and I have in the meantime read a very interesting post about marker colours and fastness to light. I have contacted Prisma to find out if I will be able to get their markers here, but will also try the acrylic paint, and I believe gouache works as well.
I am going to be spending a lot of time going through all the various posts, probably back for a number of years, so that should keep me busy for a while!!
Thank you so much all of you! I am very happy to be here, and although I am aware that in the beginning I will be taking away a lot more than I will be putting in, I hope that will change in the fullness of time.
I look forward to the learning and growing curve.
I also make costume jewellery, so I will be incorporating some of my pieces into the teddys' embellishments.
I did keep two of my breeding bitches, although they are now neutered - one black and one yellow, the black is Eve, and the yellow Moya. I am quite sure that at some point in time there will be bears named for them.
Thanks so much Sheree, Once I got to actually looking around the site I did pick up on that! What I need to do now is find out what the equivalent of the trade brands that are mentioned, such as Prisma, out here in Africa. I have already seen lots of topics to investigate, like leather noses, oh, and hosts of other things!
I simply love the bears I have seen with the shading of the fur around the eyes and nose. It makes them look so soulful, which as a lover of Labradors is a look that melts my heart.
I would love to know what it is that is used to create this effect if anyone out there would care to share that with me?
I have just joined the tt site, and thought I'd introduce myself.
My name is Charron Knight, but I prefer to be called Charni, which is what all my friends and colleagues call me.
I live in Cape Town, which is the southern-most tip of Africa, and the most beautiful place in the world. (Of course I am not at all biased.)
I have worked in the fashion industry all my life, and still am at age 61, (very fit!), at this time as a CAD pattern maker, although I started as a Designer.
As some of you may guess from my avatar and personal photo, I was until recently also a breeder of Labrador retrievers.
For all the joy and privelege with which I was blessed while I was involved in breeding, I found I could not let go of the constant worry about the welfare of the puppies I had bred and sold; and my requirements for potential owners was COMPREHENSIVE!!!! I decided, therefore, to cease breeding, and now I only show for those people who are interested in showing the dogs they have purchased from me.
So, and now to teddies!
For very obvious reasons, if you take my two photos as an indication of my great love and passion for Labradors, Teddies were the only substitute possible - so here I am.
A novice at this stage, I have made my first 2 bears, and learned enormously from both of them, although I have a million questions to ask, and am at this stage working only in synthetics - can't afford to mess up beautiful and very expensive mohair or wool!!
I hope for lots of tips, lots of conversations, and perhaps some way down the road I will post a photo of one of my bears.