I would like to invest in one or two good books on bear making, preferably ones with solid chapters on bear patterns and design. (bodies and body parts are giving me fits as are proportions)
It would be really helpful to know some of your favorites and I would appreciate recommendations. Something I might buy based on Amazon.com's say so might be totally wrong. (You think? )
Anyhoo...it would certainly be helpful to have some knowledgeable input as a good reference would certainly keep me from 'reinventing' the wheel here, going down the wrong alley, backing myself into a corner, going out on the limb, digging myself in deeper . (I'm really enjoying this hobby, honest )
Thanx ladies (and laddies)
Hi Pat, although i have only used a pattern once for a miniature, (my bear looked nothing like the pattern was supposed too) I have read quite a few of the books and would recommend - Jennifer Laings 'Teddy Bear Art' as it has loads of good info about designing your own patterns, proportions, different arm, body and head shapes etc. Its great........
Besides Laing's book, if you can find a copy of "A Bear of My Own" by Rotraud Ilisch, it has extensive information and musings on design.
Another one that I really like is "The Book of Teddy Bear Making" by Gillian Morgan. It's not about design per se, but there are so many types, sizes, etc. of bear patterns to look at and try making that it's a real education.
I must have every bearmaking book printed, but I do have a few favorites. Of course, Nancy Tillberg's "101 Bears to Make" is a great one, but very hard to find as it's out of print now. Others I like are:
"Teddy Bear Studio" by Ted Menten
"The ABCs of Making Teddy Bears" by Linda Mead
"Bearmaking 101" by Carol-Lynn Rossel Waugh
"Creating Heirloom Teddy Bears" (there are two of these - the original and series 2) by Linda Mullins
I don't know that you can still find all of these, but maybe so. I would also put Jennifer Laing's book on my favorite list, but it's already been mentioned.
Thank you for your considered responses. It is soooo helpful to have help in finding books. I have selected and ordered three that I found available this evening that seemed like a good beginning, and put the others on my reserve order list at Amazon. They all look like really good selections. There are so many books and authors out there from which to choose and I really felt at sixes and sevens picking any of them.
I already had my eye on the Laing and so completed that order...the Tillberg will have to wait till the bears buy it for me...sigh...and I ordered a couple more of the other authors I found in used editions at reasonable prices...that concentrated on patterns...one was out of print as I recall, another, the Ted Minton pretty pricey right now...I was reading it on line yesterday...he writes superbly...the beginning about the beginning of the teddy bear....Steiff and Roosevelt...the confluence of history and genius.
I am fascinated by the Rotraud's book and read a couple of pages on line and visited her website...it too is on my waiting list at Amazon. Did you know she has a DVD out on bear building? Unfortunately not in English
Again many thanks...
I have several recommendations on my blog you might find helpful:
Thank you, Thank you! Gail and Paula!
It's back to Amazon.com! When recommendations keep "gettin' recommended" and who can argue with the masters recommending the masters? What a win win!
I told my hubby what I had done and he approved and added a couple of bucks to the library fund...he likes to see a happy wife and he comes in very handy too for tightening those cotter pins
Pat (currently immersed in grizzleys)
Thanks, ladies, the books I have ordered are all used books from other sites. I've received confirmation that they are all on their way from all over the country and I'm anxiously awaiting them...I won't start on my next bear body without their input.--the head is done...but the body...I can use some help with