Every so often, I make something for fund-raising, including teddy bears. I made this one about a year ago.
This guy is the third bear I've made, and as you can see, he's quite a contrast to the first bear I ever made
(the second one was an experiment with a different pile of flesh, and with working with joints further than I had before that point, and I haven't posted him because he didn't come out very well at all). Even though this bear was made from a slightly modified version of the same pile of flesh as the first, he came out a LOT bigger, because I used different fabrics and construction techniques - he was easily about two or three feet tall, and very big and huggable. His photos are below;
There's also a bit of a sad tale behind him.
Basically, when donated (which was at a charity event where attendance was poor), he seemed to me to be a little bit gruffly-received, but nonetheless I was told that since attendance that day hadn't been good, he would be raffled off at an event late last year (one which I wasn't attending), and that I would be sent a letter to let me know how much was raised. This seemed nice to me, so I said my thanks, and handed the bear over.
Unfortunately, I never heard anything more, and for all I know, the bear might well have been thrown in the trash after that.
I haven't sewn anything since, although lately I've been trying to get myself to finish the super-obscure project that I mentioned at the end of this project's thread
last September. Hopefully that will get me back to sewing things again.
Anyway, I hope everyone else appreciates the bear, even though it seemed that the charity he was donated to did not.