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nimbleknot Cupcake Bears
Austin, Texas
Posts: 711

I've been digging around the library for an hour and I am not finding my answer. So either it's a huge secret or I am not understanding.

I am seeing muzzles that are very sculpted, some pinched looking, and some with unique shapes.  I keep reading that they are "needle sculpted." I don't know what that means. Are you taking a nip and tuck from inside the head or making darts? Since I am coming from a needlefelting background, needle sculpt means to jab with a needle until you get a desired shape if you are needlefelting. But since I am looking at traditional bears (and currently making one), somehow I don't feel this is what you guys are talking about. Some muzzles are obviously left alone after they are stuffed, but others I can tell have very precise moulding happening and are being referred to as needle sculpting...and I am not sure how y'all are doing that...?

(P.S. I am not referring to the inset muzzles)

Cleathero Creations Cleathero Creations
Ripley, Queensland
Posts: 1,925

Nedle sculpting mans the use sewing techniques to change the shape of thebear.  They may sew through the muzzle side to side to give it a pinched look.  the may sew through the head to give an eye socket appearance.
There are many different ways of doing things to change the appearance.

rkr4cds Creative Design Studio (RKR4CDS)
suburban Chicago
Posts: 2,044

Hi Jennifer,

Needle sculpting has traditionally been done (long before our beloved Needle Felting appeared on the scene) to shape certain areas by using a longer needle and a thread like Conso or Mastex - Heavy duty nylon upholstery threads - to sew through a stuffed head (closed at neck or not yet) to bring a different shape or direction to the finished surface of a fabric bear.

In creating eye sockets & leg sockets, it replicates a more natural look to these body parts before attaching. Mouths are created by judiciously placing sculpting sts.  It's possible to create entirely different expressions in 2 matched, sewn heads by where, how many and how strongly the sculpting threads are pulled.

Darting is an entirely different technique, usually employed by those ready to create more inventive shapes. These works can still be needle sculpted—or not—afterwards, depending upon what look you're trying to achieve.

There is nothing more it than sew & stuff a few basic heads, get out a doll needle and the heavy thread—and start pulling in sections by 'needle sculpting' some areas!

chrissibrinkley Posts: 1,836

Hi Jennifer!
I've referred folks to Andrea Brewer's free pattern page before...I think for pulled toes.... she gives a quick blip on needle sculpting with a little pic that might help you out.  I like visuals myself.  It's a really cute pattern too, if you're just starting out with mohair and want to try a few techniques.  It's one of the first I tried years ago. … ttern.html

Hope it helps a little!

leadbottom Leadbottom Bears
Posts: 2

Can anyone tell me the best place to get doll glass eyes? I've been looking but not happy with my search! Thank you!

desertmountainbear desertmountainbear
Bloomsburg, PA
Posts: 5,399

This is where I get my doll type eyes and realistic bear eyes,  they are flat backed (need to be glued in)  They just changed the website, the link is to their novelty eyes,  just look around at the different pages and you will see all kinds of great stuff

susiray Bear-Hands
Algarve, Portugal
Posts: 482

hi jennifer

i asked the same question as you and the guys here put me onto this website. it runs courses and are really good
hope this helped i found it really useful

susan bear-hands xx

mandybutler Posts: 2

I've read this only recently but can anyone tell me if still runs the on line needle sculpting courses if not can anyone recommend a book showing how to do needle sculpting of the muzzle etc

CrawlyCreepies Posts: 89
mandybutler wrote:

I've read this only recently but can anyone tell me if still runs the on line needle sculpting courses if not can anyone recommend a book showing how to do needle sculpting of the muzzle etc

Anatomy of A Doll by Susanna Oroyan has some information about needle sculpting, though it's for human-like dolls that are generally made from different materials than teddies.

Here's some online tutorials as well: … -214111813
http://sfmclothdollswithattitude.blogsp … orial.html

Oh and here's one more specifically for eyes … -496330994

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