I am really having fun, learning how to age fabric realistically. There is such a fine line between aging and overdoing it - it's a delicate balance. I am very pleased to introduce "Hermione, an old girl".
Hermione is 5 1/4 inches tall and made from beige, over dyed and semi-distressed German mohair. She is an old style, centre seam bear with a hump in her back and long arms. I have gently thinned and aged her mohair and she has a few tiny bald spots. Hermione has amber German glass eyes, a sparse waxed nose and distressed ultra suede paw pads. She has been shaded on her face, ears and paws for a vintage look. Hermione is firmly stuffed with excelsior and weighted with stainless steel shot.
Hermione wears a lovey cream coloured pinafore , made from a vintage hanky. The pinafore is edged with a beautiful tatted edge. The dress has been gently aged and there are some wear spots. Hermione wears a tiny gold heart around her neck and a miniature preserved rose. Hermione is designed and created by me and she is a collectable, not meant for children. She will come with a signed hang-tag. If you are interested in Hermione or have any questions, please feel free to email
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I am really enjoying newest adventure with my teddies - bigger clown bears. I like the size 5 and 6 inches. They still fit nicely in your hand but they have a lovely feel - they are still fairly small, but certainly larger than my miniatures bears. I love to get feedback, so all comments are welcome :o) Enjoy!
1. "Zinger the Clown" is 5 inches tall and is made from hand dyed rust and light beige, sparse German mohair. He has amber German glass eyes, wool felt paw pads and a waxed nose. He is shaded with permanent fabric paints on the face, ears and paws, for a vintage look. Zinger is filled with excelsior and stainless steel shot and is stuffed firmly. He is loosely jointed, which allows him to pose nicely. His mohair has been distressed and his paw pads have tiny holes to allow the excelsior to show through. Zinger wears a teal coloured, wool felt hat and a matching silk ruffle around his neck. Both the hat and ruffle have been extensively aged for an antique appearance.
2. This is Miss Petunia and she is another 6 inch clown bear, and she has been firmly stuffed with excelsior and gently weighted with stainless steel shot. She has made from cream and pale pink mohair, with German amber glass eyes and a waxed nose. Miss Petunia has very gentle shading on her face, eyes, ears and paws. She has been slightly aged, and has tiny holes in her wool felt paw pads, for her excelsior to show through. Her collar is made from a vintage swiss dot organza and her hat is molded felt. Miss Petunia wears a pale olive green, wool felt hat and a matching ruffle around his neck, made from organza. The hat has been decorated with tiny old bells. Both the hat and the collar have been extensively aged for an antique appearance.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Yesterday was an exciting day for our 6 year old grandson, Corson. He was awarded a trophy and certificate for reading 1000 books, during his grade 1 year. They were told at the beginning of the year that this was the teachers goal. She expected the kids to work hard and was a strict teacher, but they kids really learned a lot this year and are very well prepared for the second year.
Corson is VERY competitive and he really wanted that trophy LOL! A few others kids in the class already had their trophies, and one little gal has read 2000 books so Corson was getting anxious - time was running out as there is only a couple of weeks left in the school year. Once he knew he was close, you couldn't keep him away from reading. He was determined to get his trophy and just loved surprising his Nanny and Papa. We are very proud of him - CONGRATULATIONS. CORSON!!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am having so much fun making clowns! This is Rosepetal and she is another 6 inch clown bear, with excelsior and steel shot stuffing. She has made from cream and pale pink mohair, with german glass eyes and a waxed nose. She is a centre seam bear and has shading on her face, eyes, ears and paw pads. Rosepetal has been slightly aged, and has tiny holes in her wool felt paw pads, so her excelsior to show through. Her collar is made from a vintage swiss dot organza and her hat is molded felt.
Rosepetal is already on her way to her new home in Peterborough, Ontario, with a lovely lady - she picked her up this afternoon. Since most of my bears go to the U.S. or Europe, it's lovely to have one so close by. Well, it's almost supper time and I have to decide what's on the menu - thanks for peeking!
Friday, June 4, 2010
I've been working hard to finish these two bears. I haven't made a 6 inch bear in such a long time and it felt very foreign. It was fun, and the aging takes forever but I'm thrilled with the result. The pieces are designed and made by me and will come with a signed hang tag. If you are interested in either set, or have any questions please email me . So, if you have a minute, grap a cuppa and take a peek. After a day of so, I will be moving them to Bearpile or Etsy, which you can access from my blog.
1. "Wiggins the Clown" is 6 inches tall and made from hand dyed German Shulte Mohair. He is fashioned after the old Steiff clown bears. His mohair has been aged and distressed, with some small bald patches. Wiggins is fully disc jointed and has a waxed nose. He is firmly stuffed with excelsior and granulate and gently weighted with stainless steel shot. Wiggins has ultra suede paw pads that have tiny holes, to allow bits of excelsior to show through. His face, ears and paws have been shaded with permanent fabric paints, for a vintage look. Wiggins wears a hand made wool felt clown hat and collar. These have been dyed and aged and the collar is decorated with tiny vintage bells and ties with a silk ribbon. Both the hat and collar are removable.
2. "Jonah and the Whale" is a 3 inch teddy that sits in a wooden Orca rocker. I made this rocker a little while ago, and decided he need a teddy to go with it. Jonah is made from German Shulte mohair, and is fully disc-jointed. Jonah is firmly stuffed with excelsior and gently weighted with stainless steel shot. He has wool felt paw pads that have tiny holes, to allow bits of excelsior to show through. His face, ears and paws have been shaded with permanent fabric paints, for a vintage look. Jonah wears a wool felt sailor collar and a paper sailor hat. The hat is removable.
The Orca whale rocker is 3 7/8" long x 2 1/8" high x 2 1/2" wide. It has It has a normal head on one side and an open mouth on the opposite side. He is hand made from basswood and is painted with acrylic paints and finished with a coat of wax sealer.SOLD