These posts will all be going into my Bear in the Workshop page. Hopefully in the proper order !
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