Sunday, September 30, 2018
I had originally (before I restricted my Custom Work to teddies only) promised a companion puppy with Custom Teddy #15...
They did not have a contrasting colored mink stole to send me for the puppy so I will be using one of my light colored mink stoles.
As you can see in the photo above,
I designed my puppy to be smaller than my teddy bear.
Due to the small size I need to find a mink with short dense hairs
and a full pelt (and not the typical mink with pelts that are
sewn together in tiny strips)
This is the mink that I found in my supplies ... it is beautiful!
it is a very pale beige ... or possibly an ivory color.
it has beautifully dense hairs.
and best of all, it is a full pelt.
I have no doubt that I purchased this mink stole with the intention of it becoming a series of pandas ... or polar bears ... and with the remainder of this stole, after this puppy, I will be looking forward to finding some time to making more pandas or polar bears or mice or bunnies with this beautiful mink stole.
*** Update ***
30 little pattern pieces, cut out and trimmed
... ready for hand sewing ...
Teddy is patiently waiting for it's puppy to be finished. It is getting closer: it is in 3 pieces now (rather than 30). The head, the body with legs, and the neck. The adorable white dog watching me work is my daughter's sweet dog, Tenley ... actually she wants me to STOP working and play ball with her instead.
I forgot how much work my little dogs and teddies were to create because I can only sew them by hand (the seam allowance is about 1/8 of an inch). Every seam has to be precise or the puppy or teddy will not look symmetrical. It a challenge! I'm pretty sure that is why my teddies started getting larger as I got older. Not that an 11 inch teddy is large but it is large for me because in the 1990s the typical sizes of my mink teddies was between 3 to 8 inches!!!
Friday, September 21, 2018
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Work in Progress
Custom Order #16
(this should be an interesting WIP to watch progress)
Custom Order #16 comes from my long time friend-collector, Pat. She may live on the other side of the world from me but she has always taken great joy in continually challenging me with her Custom Order requests. And Custom Order #16 is no exception. While I am currently limiting my Custom Order to teddy bears only. Pat personally handed this mink to me way back in 2012 while she was visiting Laguna Beach. My long time friends know that they can request anything (not that I will agree to make it but they can ask). For example, Pat just asked me for a dog ... with teeth. I've never made anything with teeth and don't plan to, so I agreed to make her a dog with an open mouth.
This is what I have to work with:
So far, so good ...
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
To see the Work In Progress photos for this teddy
please scroll down to the preceding post.
To see more photos and details of this completed teddy
I created this teddy for Theresa from her family heirloom mink jacket ...
but she has not responded to any of my emails
so I just mailed her a note
hopefully she will respond because this little teddy is just adorable.
To everyone on my Custom Teddy Work Schedule:I have a lot of people on my Custom Teddy Work Schedule and making each teddy is very time consuming so it will take a long time to get to each order (which is why I stopped accepting deliveries of the mink garments until I have time to actually work on your order). Please continue to be patient ... and if you move or change your email please let me know, especially if I already have your mink garment.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Custom Order for Theresa M.
from her taupe brown mink stole
one teddy ... no preference on pattern style
the mink is a pretty color
I was able to lay out the pattern on the bottom edge of the stole
I typically use the stole's lining for the paw pads ... but
the fabric is dry rotted and just fell apart when I started to cut it !!!
So now I'm worried that the same thing will happen the the mink pelt ...
cutting ... carefully cutting ...
so far so good ...
But I'm still not trusting the mink pelt
so I give it a good strong PULL !
And I'm delighted to say that it is NOT shreading
BUT I could feel, as I was cutting out the pattern pieces, that some areas of the mink pelt are stronger than others ...
So that means that I am going to have to HAND sew
each and every pattern piece.
This will take longer but this gives the teddy a better chance to holding together once I start stuffing it.
Since I can't use the stole's lining for the paw pads
I decided to use some of my ultrasuede instead.
The pattern pieces are all cut out
next step: trim the sewing line around each and every pattern piece.
Sewing each piece by hand.
Turned and stuffed the head and delighted to see that the pelts are strong enough that they did not split ...
Now to finish the rest of the teddy.
These a a couple of my mink stoles. One is brown and the other is beige.
Theresa had requested a teddy-dog set but did not have another color mink to send me to represent a Mahogany Golden Retriever. While there are dyed red minks there aren't any naturally red minks. I don't have a red mink but this brown looks a little reddish brown to me. Since I had agreed to the teddy-dog set before I decided to limit my custom orders to teddies only, I thought it would only be fair that I offer to make a dog from one of my minks. So it is up to Theresa if she wants me to make a dog from one of my minks to be a companion to her teddy. She can choose either a beige dog or a brown dog.
I laid her teddy across both of my minks to show how the colors matched up.
Monday, June 11, 2018
This is the first teddy of a four Polar Bears Custom Order
(please click the link below to see all 4 teddies)
All of the Polar Bears have been gifted to their new families
but before they were presented Diane used the
very decorative lining from the mink jacket
to create wonderful fabric bows for each Polar Bear.
They look wonderful!!!
Diane was so very thoughtful to not only gift her family these
Family Heirloom Bears
but she even took the time to add her own creative touch.
How very special ... I hope these mink bears will be
treasured for many future generations.
Thank you, Diane, for trusting me with your family's mink jacket
and for waiting so patiently for me to create them for you.