Friday, 17 August 2018

 These posts will all be going into my Bear in the Workshop page.  Hopefully in the proper order !
We're starting right at the beginning - before you even get to stitch  : )

 

MAKING A BEAR ~  part one (before we start)

These posts will all be going into my Bear in the Workshop page.  Hopefully in the proper order !    We're starting right at the beginning - before you even get to stitch  : )

 
You may have found a gorgeous fur that you want to turn into a huggable ted, or you have seen the pattern you want to use  -  but have no fur !      Either way, it's decision time, choose wisely not only to avoid disappointment but so you can be justly proud of your ted  : )
 
So you have a lovely, thick dense fur (2cm or longer).  This would work so well on a larger bear and (if you can put up with the stress)  a little scissor sculpting around the face can emphasise that lovely thick fur too.     A bear 8 inches or under will struggle to wear this fur, super though it is : )    A 10" or above ted would look magnificent however and really show the fur to it's best advantage.
 
This faux fur with it's tipped guard hairs (30cm long) is perfect for a really large hug of a bear !
 
 
On the other hand, you may have a found a super pattern for a gorgeous little mini bear, standing a full 6 inches tall.  Very cute x   This bear would be lost in the beautiful fur above.   She would be much happier sitting in a short pile fur or longer fur that was sparse (both allowing her to peep through ! )
 
This is sparse mohair fur (10 or 12mm length) is brilliant for smaller teds
 
 
Here are two of my bears.   Frosted Pud is the larger at 12 inches wearing a thick, white tipped faux fur which is scissors sculpted around his face to show the contrasting base colour. 
Little Bridie is just 5 inches tall and wearing a sparse mohair fur.   
 
 
 
 
Having said all of the above (and probably slightly annoy you  : )   Of course, in the world of  bear making you do not have to stick to any fast and hard rules.  You can create a lovely well loved and worn bear by using a sparse fur on a larger ted.   Choice is totally yours  as long as your bear is loved and hugged x