Hello Fellow Arctophiles!
I want to share some great uses for linen thread! I have been using this type of thread for sewing in my bear's eyes and also for thread jointing smaller bears. I used to use dental floss, but I noticed the floss would "slip" as I made the first knot. No slipping of any kind with linen thread! If you ever want to try it go to: http://www.twiceasnice.com/dollhair.htm. Nice, super strong thread!
Lotsa Bear Huggies!
how strong is the linen thread-hmmmm
Let's say (for comparrison) that Mastex upholstery thread is a 10- won't break
on a scale of 1-10 where would you put the linen thread?
I am still jazzed about your suggestion using calipers----my honeybunny just left and I am on a seek and seizure mission to find the perfect set to add to my instrument box.
Youre a gem.
Nice to meet ya!
On a scale of one to ten (in comparison to Mastex) I would put the linen thread (single strand) at a 9 (Ouch..LOL!!). Double strand...definately a 10!! I always sew with a double strand no matter what I use...but nothing beats the linen thread!! A guaranteed no slip!!
Nice tight sewn eyes!!
(Caliper pics will be here in a minute or two...(or three)!
Thank you Penny for the compliment on my "Christopher" bear! He is my favorite! He was adopted and is living on Ohio now (sniff...sniff :(). But I honor him by having him as my model on the homepage of my website. Do you ever get sad when you ship out your bears? I must be a weirdo :P...LOL!!
Well, gotta get back to work...I could sit here all day...I LOVE this forum!!!
It was great meeting you guys!!
Until next time...Bear Huggies!!! :cool:
You are not weird for feeling sad over your bears leaving. Well, if you are, you're not alone. Each time I finish a bear I say that I want to keep this one. My family said that the house was filling up so that is how I started selling. I shipped a bear to England a few months ago. The lady emailed me and told me that she lives near the sea. It sounded wonderful. I guess a part of me is now in England.
Hi Darleen and Millie
I have actually sobbed when packing up bears.
It's the little look they give you, as if to say - 'why are you sending me away?' :(
There was one bear i made that i absolutely adored, her name was Harper and when i came to pack her off to her new home i could swear she was crying! OH GOD I FELT SOOOOO MEAN! I still wonder how she is.
I now no longer sell the bears that i really have a thing for - this spares me all the heartache and i know that they are OK.
Millie - your lady who lives by the sea in the UK, her name is'nt Mary is it? Let me know as i have a lovely lady who has bought loads of bears from me and she lives by the sea - i know we've got a lot of coastline here so maybe i'm being stupid (no change there then).
Oh my Gosh, Penny!! You have to hear this...When I read what you said about your bear Harper seemed to be crying, my mouth dropped!!! When I look at my bears (especially when I am packing them up) it looks like their facial expressions change! And a co-worker of mine (that I made a bear for) told me that her bear does the same thing! Weird, huh?
I have been using " linin type thread " for along time...Actually what I have is " artificial sinue " , it's waxed , has 5 strand twisted together and is great to work with. I split the strands, use 2 for tying the eyes in on 12 ish " size bears.
It is also wonderful to needle sculpt with. It NEVER slips and is easy on the hands when pulling....no frustration , no cut fingers or hand or callouses....
When I finish the eyes at the back bottom of the head just outside the disc, I go one step further , I go back inside the hole I just came out of and...then take the thread to UNDER that disc and out....Pull the 2 threads there and tie off ...I do 3 knots which really stick together ,then bury the thread...I leave a long enough threads inside the head...just in case I need to remove the eyes for some unknown reason....
Tying under the disc means there is NO DIMPLE at the back bottom of the head ...Yeah ! That drove me nuts... I bought my white, black, brown artificial sinue at HUff's Leather Supply , it comes on a roll ,I believe it was only about $2. 98 ...so worth it ! If you do not have a Huff's or a Tandy ( which is now online ) look around in your area for a leather supplier or a taxidermist supplier.....Winney
oooooooh Winney, i'll have to try and get some of that stuff. I wonder where i'll find it in the UK? I'll have to have a hunt around.
I tie the eyes under the disc too - i hated that dimple. It always drove me nuts especially on the really short sparse mohair - it was so noticable.
Great minds think alike eh?
Hi, y'all . . . Darleen, very nice to have you on board! I also use artificial sinew for setting eyes and just LOVE it. After trying all sorts of things, I found that the sinew works by far the best. I get mine at craft stores . . . Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and sometimes JoAnn's.