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« on: February 16, 2013 04:56:40 AM »

It's taken me a while to get back into plushie making, bar a few Birthday/Christmas presents I haven't either been A - inspired or B-had the time. I've been meaning to learn jointing techniques and finally use mohair for several years but I've always been too scared partly due to the cost and the worry I will mess up because there is nothing more scary than an expensive mistake. However I had money given to me at Christmas and seeing as I was not venturing out to the sales (at least not until the middle of January) I used it to finance an expensive project via eBay and etsy. The pattern is not my own it's from theoldpincushion on etsy. Although I have made my own patterns before it's always had a little bit of trial and error attached to it and I wanted to simply have a little less panic attached to this project.

Anyway he's completely hand sewn, has glass eyes and has cotter pin joints (which were easier to use than I thought). He also has steel shot in his feet, paws and bottom to give him a little bit of weight and him what I like to call the baby feel.

The pattern I used (Amadeus) also had instructions on how to antique your bear. I used fabric paint with a sponge to dirty his muzzle and limbs so he looks well -loved. I also ended up knitting him a scarf because all bears need a scarf. Smiley However he still needs a name something I'm still puzzling over weeks after his completion.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013 05:21:27 AM »

<3 him! He reminds me of the old Winnie the Pooh teddy bear.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013 05:44:35 AM »

This is absolutely adorable. I'm in love.

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013 08:17:52 AM »

he's adorable!

I used to make bears years ago and want to get back into making them. They're so much fun! I've never ventured into mohair because of the expense and fear of messing up like you mentioned. This is inspiring to jump in!

He's so cute and love the way you added the details to his face. How big is he?

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013 11:12:08 AM »

Thanks for all the lovely comments. SunflowerSmiles he stands at approx. 8 inches tall, when sitting he's around 7 inches. tuba_nae I must have subconsciously chosen Winnie the Pooh colours, I didn't even realise that until now!
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2013 12:08:32 PM »

He's lovely. He looks like an old Steiff bear.
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