Thursday, 6 October 2011

Little Softie.

















I've always been a fabric junkie and in the main those fabrics have usually been vintage but just recently I've been adding some contempory designer fabric to my stash.
These fabrics have remained in my stash unused for some time now, I'm often quite reluctant to cut into a fabric, I'm sure I'm not alone on this one!
I have a beautiful new nephew called Ziggy and I really wanted to make something special to celebrate his arrival.
So I made him this little comforter.
It's made from Anna Maria Horner fabric and is from her Innocent Crush collection.
I'm really happy with how he turned out, I embroidered Ziggy's name and date of birth on the reverse. Meanwhile I'm still working hard on a second bear to show you soon!


















Monday, 3 October 2011

I'm still here!







Well the weather has finally turned autumnal again and I think that I can finally put away my summer clothes yet again! I feel so grateful for the totally unseasonal sunny days we've been having but it's been a slight distraction to my bear making! Somehow I managed to finish one and there are two more on the back burner!





I have used my millinery skills to make a miniature felt hat for this little girlie and the dress is teeny tiny, made from pure silk and fastens with pearl beads. I had a lot of fun making this outfit! When I was learning pattern draughting at college I never envisaged making hats and dresses for bears! She's 4 3/4" and I'm not sure what to call her yet, maybe Pippa, what do you think?? I'm going to finish the other two bears and put them all in my Etsy shop, now I'd better get back to stitching.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Rainy Day.

Today has been a wet one to say the least! First of all I was actually woken up by the rain pelting on my window pane and there was a continued downpour for most of the morning! It wasn't a complete wash out because I stayed at home and got a few jobs done.
I took a good look at my bear making supplies and did a stock take of joints, eyes, felt etc and was quite surprised to find that I had a lot more than I originally thought. Then once I realised I didn't have a good enough reason to spend hours scouring the net for mohair and bear related goodies I actually got down to work! I made a new dress pattern for my latest cutie and I'm pleased with the results, there's some teeny tiny stitching involved but it's worth it!
The gloomy lighting conditions in the afternoon made it difficult to get any decent pics so I'll try again tomorrow, hopefully it'll brighten up, at this rate I'll need a boat to be able to get out of the house!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Where did the time go ????

Almost twelve months have slipped by without me updating my poor neglected blog!
Sadly my disappearance is solely due to my lack of bears and also limited time.
I have really missed making my little mohair friends and am happy to say that now my hours at work have been reduced I will now have more time to spend on my bears!
There is something quite romantic about sitting quietly on a winters evening, cosy by the fire stitching away and seeing a new bear with a unique personality come together.
So I've got out all my sewing tools and mohair, made a new pattern and a cute mini bear is well under way. Well in fact she is finished but just not dressed yet....
Back tomorrow with pics!!!

ps. I know it's not exactly winter yet but here in the Northwest of England it certainly feels like it!!! Brrrr

Monday, 27 September 2010

More of Winsome Kindness.







A few more from the Winsome Kindness album. Please do read the post below about how she came to be named. Hope you like , let me know what you think.

Winsome Kindness.

Hello here is my little pincushion inspired bear dressed in a reversible outfit made from vintage Irish linen and hand dyed silk, lace and teeny silk yoyo flowers.
I have decided to call her Winsome Kindness. Last week I met a lady at the opticians where I work and I just swooned when I asked her name and she replied "Winsome" I think it's so beautiful! Later on the same day a gentleman called Mr Kindness arrived for an appointment! I kid you not! So what else could I call my new bear ??
I can't seem to post any more pics, I'm sure there must be an easier way to do this but I can't see how. Must be doing something wrong.I'm tired so I'll put them in another post, really must go to bed now. Ta ta.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

A Sneak Peek!


Hello there, been having fun today messing around with my camera so I thought I'd post a sneak peek of my new bear. More pics tomorrow! Hope you're having a great weekend.