Hi guys, Im new here and have been busy reading and gathering lots of tips from this great forum! My question is what is the best book to buy if I want to make my own patterns? Ive made a few bears off patterns ive bought and they have turned out well but I would like to try and sell a couple so I want to design my own pattern.
I work in sewing so already have a good idea about seam allowences and how patterns fit together but I have never made a pattern myself! Helen.x
I have just started out with bear making myself and have been gathering up some books. I also wanted to get into designing my own patterns so I was trying to find ones that focused on that, and have found 'teddy bear art-how to design and make great teddy bears' by Jennifer Laing very helpful. It is easy to understand and has a lot of diagrams to follow, as well as proper ratios and techniques. I did not have a sewing background at all before I began with bears so it has been a good 'bear basics' for me.
I have a few more on the way and will let you know if I find them helpful as well. I'm sure you will get some more great suggestions from people here. I also found that the library on this site has answered any bear related questions I have come up with as well.
Hi Jellybiehn and Becky! Thanks for the advice! I've been looking on here and found some recommendations, I've ordered Jennifer Laing-How to design and make bears, Nancy Tillberg- 101 bears to make (Wow was that expensive! ), Ted Menten-step by step guide to making teddy bears and one by Julie K Owen on minature bears! Can't wait to get them and start reading!
I agree with the previous comments. The teddy bear making books by Jennifer Laing and Nancy Tillberg are the best that I have found. I used to have a shop, and Jennifer Laing taught there as a special guest instructor when she came to California. I would take her classes, too, and learned a lot about pattern design and creativity from her. Additionally, before the recession, my company sold teddy bear making books and Australian teddy bear pattern magazines on the internet, internationally. The books by Jennifer Laing and Nancy Tillberg were always in demand. Nancy Tillberg put her book, 101 Bears to Make, on a DVD. She may still have the DVD available, so perhaps her name could be Googled to see if she still has a website. I believe she is into photography now. Anyway, I still refer to the books by Jennifer Laing and Nancy Tillberg. Hugs, Gail
Wow I have always wanted a 101 book but could never find one I could afford - well gel I first bought a kit and when it didn't look a bit like the picture I just spent a couple of days drawing out shapes and trying them in scrap I actually really enjoy the process. I think the hardest thing sometimes is getting the proportions right and having a good idea how much the type/length of fur pile can make to finished design and knowing where/how to make allowance for this.
There is also another technique you might want to try which uses sculpture. In a nutshell (the process not the bear - now that would be difficult!) you model a bear then cover each part (head, body, an arm and leg) in masking tape then using a scalpel cut it off where you would expect a seams to be and then take a pattern from the pieces. Again it does need a bit of understanding about darts ect' and is not as simple as it may sound.
Anyway good luck and don't worry if it doesn't work out how you would like the first few goes like anything else - practice makes perfect
Hi Michelle! Yes I was in two minds weather to buy the book as it was pricey!..haven't told the other half yet!
That's a very good idea about the model first! I've made a couple of bears off a pattern and love them, made them in mohair but I would like to make my own.
It's all very confusing as I have loads of images of bears that I love but I don't want to 'copy' them, the pattern I've used I've purposely tried to copy it just to see if my bear would look anything like it's supposed to..just to give me an idea if it's a hobby I could be good at!
Lol..Richelle! I've just finished looking through it and I can say its brilliant! Lots if info and also the ted Menten book is great! Have got two weeks off for Christmas so loving having the time to just sit and sew! Hopefully get some finished then I can start working on my own pattern! Helen xx
i bought mine on EBay,i paid quite a bit,i wont say in case little eyes are around !but wanted it so much i paid,when it arrived and looking into first pages and i was annoyed to find a library stamp on the edge,i couldnt believe it it said £17.99 and i paid 3 times as much,i was digusted but i had to pay duty tax for it to be sent over.it wasn't worth returning it,this is just a gentle warning,i am determined i will use it.anyway it was a good book fortunately,well you live and learn,you would think i would have learnt by now(im in my 50's!)x