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DebbieD Posts: 3,540

Some months ago, a bear owner contacted me and asked me if I could please repair her mink bear, mauled by her daughter's dog.  After a lot of trial heads, I created a pattern that suited him, and Kathy graciously found me some fur that matched Ichy's. 

The scary pic, Ichabod with Bearnard  bear_cry 


And now Ichy finally repaired:



Ichabod is the one I was asking about to flip the headjoint upside down.  I wanted to be as minimally invasive as possible, so what I did was sew in an ultrasuede disc over the joint.  Then I sewed an ultrasuede disc onto the head, and jointed the head from a hole left open on the back of the head.  Then I stuffed and ladderstitched the opening closed, and did the ears eyes and handscissoring as normal.

For the record, I've never had to repair a bear like this before, so this was totally out of my comfort zone.....and I never ever want to do this again!  Phew!!

Gijzette Elfin Bears
Mount Dora FL
Posts: 1,507


You did a wonderful job!!! I am sure the owner is going to be very pleased that you decided to take on the challenge and you were able to restore her bear.


Marlys Waggle Bears
So Cal Desert
Posts: 4,089

Debbie, you've done an amazing job on this poor baby. No one would ever know he'd been headless for a while.

Tammy Beckoning Bears
Nova Scotia
Posts: 3,739

You did a fantastic job Debbie ! Don't you feel inspired now.  You took on the challenge and succeeded wonderfully.  Way to go !   bear_thumb

kathytaylor Ruby Mountain Bears
Northern Nevada, USA
Posts: 1,467

great job and his fur matches so well!!

Laurie Laurie Lou Bears
Posts: 3,246

He looks great Debbie-you would never have known about his little mishap bear_thumb
Laurie :hug:

DebbieD Posts: 3,540

:hug:  Thank you all.  I've heard from his owner, and she's over the moon with his new look ~ phew!!  I'm always on pins and needles til they say they like custom work  :pray:

For now the little bear is partying with his friends in the Bear Room  :bday:  bear_wub

SueAnn Past Time Bears
Double Oak, Texas
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:clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  A really fantastic job you did, Debbie . . . congratulations!

Gail Bear With Me Enterprises
Posts: 1,319

Wonderful repair job Debbie. One would never know that at one point he was headless!!!!

Jigpaws Jigpaws
Edinburgh, Scotland
Posts: 564

Well done Debbie, you did a fantastic job with the repair  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

He looks wonderful!!!


patsylakebears Patsy Lake Bears
Posts: 3,442

:clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap: Great job done Debbie  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:

DebbieD Posts: 3,540

Thanks gals  :hug:   I'm in love with his new head, he has the most kissable nose  bear_wub   The first pic is pretty distressing, but it helps to see the damage that was done. 

I'll say it again ~ that was one extremely lucky dog to not be harmed!!!   bear_shocked   I know its awful to see, but Ichabod's head can be repaired, sometimes the doggies cannot.  I think its a miracle he didn't ingest the eyes or get sick from the embroidery floss.

pma2003 Seamore Collectibles
Posts: 451

Great Job Debbie.  Teddy looks perfect!!

New Avenue Crew New Avenue Crew by Debora Hoffmann
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 1,959

Wow, Debbie! Fantastic job! Ichabod now looks like he had never parted with his head. bear_laugh He has a very sweet face, and I'm so glad his owner is delighted with him. bear_thumb


Melisa Nichols Melisa's Bears
Hazelton, BC
Posts: 5,811

What a beautiful head you've made for him!  Well done!   :clap:  :clap:

Eileen Baird'sBears
Posts: 3,873

bear_original You did a great job, Debbie! It isn't easy to match fur.

Poor Ichy . . . a lesson to us all, I guess.

DebbieD Posts: 3,540

I wouldn't have been able to do it if it were not for the lovely Kathy Meyers on here to help me match the fur colour  :hug:  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:   MEGGA thanks to you Kathy  bear_flower

matilda Matilda Huggington-beare
Posts: 5,551

You did a superb job! Ichy no longer looks scary. He's a real cutie now. :dance:

DebbieD Posts: 3,540

:hug:  Awwhhhh, thanks Matilda  :hug:

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