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bearsbybeesley bears by beesley TM
Tofield Alberta Canada
Posts: 6,818

A huge welcome! Your web site is beautiful. We are so glad you could join us!!

Many hugs Louise

rikkisbears NSW Australia
Posts: 209

Hi Susan,
I remember your name  way back from the old "Aussie Teddies" website. Welcome to the group.

Just Us Bears Just Us Bears
Australia
Posts: 940

Hi Susan!
Welcome from me too!
I love your koalas too. Down here in Southern Victoria were I live we have lots of koalas and I am working on a realistic design too. The fellas at the local koala sactuary let me spend a couple of hours with 2 taxidermied koalas recently(spooky!!:o) and I was able to take down some great detail. First prototype was a tad disproprtional...but the next will be better.
Wouldn't it be great if we could get some fur that was more like koala fur! I managed to glean some lovely variegated grey alpaca from a couple of very generous TT ladies that is now out of production. It will be perfect for a realistic koala, but I daren't touch it until I'm entirely happy with my pattern (well, mostly happy...I don't think we are ever entirely happy with our patterns...always tweaking them, well I am anyway!:/)

jazzyrags Jazzy Rags
nsw
Posts: 1,494

studio-picture-048.jpghi susan just look at your site must say its great loved it. fran jazzyrags

Koala Adorable Bears
Shepparton/Victoria
Posts: 149

Thanks Rikki, Hayley & Fran.
Fran , I used that wonderful variegated grey fur and would have bought more if i had thought it would go out of stock. Maybe we could influence them into re introducing that fur?? However, i am very happy with a Mohair and Alpaca but also surprised how good the synthetic is. It is very realistic. Once I would never use a synthetic but just had to get over that set way of thinking...it is very soft and people just love the feel and look of the fur made up.
Yes I think you are on the right track to really looking at the size /shape of the Koala. Even if you don't want it to be very realistic I still think you need to start with the right proportions so they don't just end up looking like a bear but called a Koala.Just my thoughts !!
Good luck. i look forward to seeing one of your designs
Susan

Tammy Beckoning Bears
Nova Scotia
Posts: 3,739
Website

Hi Susan !  A big bear hug welcome to you.  You'l love it here.

jazzyrags Jazzy Rags
nsw
Posts: 1,494

wollongong-show-005.jpgYOU KNOW WHAT SUSAN , I USED TO THINK LIKE YOU AND NEVER  USE SYNTHETIC MOHAIR AND THEN ONE DAY I THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE IT A GO AND IT WAS REALY NICE .I HAVE SOLD A FEW TO PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A CHEAPER BEAR.AND I ALL SO LOVE MY ALPACA BEAR HERE IS A PHOTO OF MY ALPACA .

jazzyrags Jazzy Rags
nsw
Posts: 1,494

Picture-036.jpgAND HERE IS ONE OF MY SYNTHETIC BEARS

Densteds Densteds
Posts: 2,056
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Hi Susan,
Welcome to this wonderful group, I've just joined too, and everyone has made me feel so welcome!!
Love your teds, in fact I've got a couple sitting in my bear room, I bought them way back, I think it was when one of the shows was at Sydney Town Hall??
You're Koala's a fabulous,
Denise.

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