Thursday, October 5, 2017
I treated myself to another sculpting class from my friend and favorite artist, Kathy Davis. This was her Candlestick Witch class. I took it with my other friend, Gloriana, who is also a doll artist. I'm just a wannabe. Sculpting clay is good therapy for my sore finger so I'm going to try to do a little more when taking a break from sewing my bears.
As you can see we sculpted the top part of a witch on a candlestick ... so no legs or feet. I opted not to make her a traditional witch hat and instead gave her this cool spider web scarf to wrap around her head.
I had sooooo much fun ... and learned a lot too!
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
For Mary Anne:
2 teddies using pattern #1
2 teddies using pattern #1
|A beautiful full length mink coat ...|
more than enough for two of my little teddies.
Depending on how I cut out the patterns
there will be lots of pelt for other mink projects.
|The strips of pelts are a little slimmer than I prefer but there is so much to choose from that I'm sure that I will find enough wide strips to make two beautiful heirloom teddy bears.|
|cutting the lining off the pelts|
|I found the leather belt in a pocket so I will be using the leather for the paw pads instead of the lining.|
|Well, after removing the lining I found the the pelt strips were thin thoughout ... from just 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches with fabric strips inbetween each pelt...|
|These are even thinner strips at the top of the coat ... no fabric but the strips are only about one inch|
|I'm looking for full pelts (as opposed to tiny little strips sewn together). You can see both examples in this photo.|
|I am finding small bits of full pelts like this one ... which is the front collar.|
|This is the back of the collar ... where they typically hide pelts pieces that are not the best so I probably won't be using this.|
|This shows why I don't like the thin strips ... my pattern pieces don't fit ...|
|and, as you can see, the fabric will show on the teddy once it is turned and stuffed.|
Sunday, August 27, 2017
This is "Sasha" (#1094) that I created in 1994.
She has lived in a loving home for the past 23 years.
Recently Sasha was briefly played with by a curious dog.
Fortunately there was not much damage other than having one of her vintage shoe button eyes pulled out.
|This is Sasha ... before her repairs.|
|This is Sasha after her repairs and a little up-dating:|
replacing her eye
a new nose (embroidered, waxed and sealed)
hand painted face
a good brushing
and more scissor sculpting.
And a heart necklace.
Sasha has been returned to her owner and I just received a wonderful email from her ... I hope she won't mind me sharing it but emails like this just make me happy and remind me of why I continue to offer my time making Custom Teddies from your heirloom family mink ... because these little teddies are capable of enveloping treasured memories of loved ones (Linda inherited Sasha from her mother):
Dear Kathy -- I received my sweet Sasha today -- she's adorable! I can't believe the extra time you put into her repair -- and with your finger injury to deal with! You are a woman with great integrity and an obvious passion for your creations. I will always remember your kindness and promise I will keep Sasha on a higher shelf away from my dog, Buddy. Thank you so much!!!!
Monday, July 24, 2017
Finally finished Custom Order #11
Thank you to all of my collectors and everyone who has been patiently waiting for me to start work on your Custom Teddy Bears from the heirloom mink stoles that were sent to me. It has taken a long long time for my injured finger to finally heal enough to start sewing again.
Monday, July 10, 2017
I injured my hand in early March. In April I saw my doctor who sent me to a Hand Surgeon. Thank goodness he did not see any serious injury that would require his skills so he sent me to a Hand Therapy Clinic. OMG I wish I had known about this clinic years ago because my hands would be in much better condition than they are now.
I tried working on my teddy bears off and on but it was just too difficult and painful so instead I went to hand therapy twice a week for 2 months and did my hand exercises daily. I gave my hands a nice long and much needed rest (from March to now)
Last Friday was my final day of hand therapy. I still have a little swelling and pain (that may never go away completely but I will continue my therapy at home). The Hand Therapy Clinic even made me two custom splints to wear on my fingers while I work.
This weekend I finally finished and took photos of the two teddies (Custom Order #11) that have been patiently waiting to be completed since March. As you can see from the photo they turned out beautifully. I will be posting all of their photos soon. I was going to post the photos here today but I spent most of the day trying to get caught up with my emails because my finger also hurt when I tried to type... so if anyone sent me an email in March, April, May, or June and I did not answer you... I apologize because it probably got "lost" in the hundreds of emails that received and many that I missed opening.
I want to thank all of my collectors and everyone on my Custom Teddy List for their patience while I did therapy on my hand. A special thank you to my friend and collector, Laura in Canada, who was so wonderful when she took the time to actually call me. Bear Hugs.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Oh yeah, it took me a month after I hurt my finger to go to the doctor to get it xrayed (no broken bones) but she does think that I messed up the tendons in that finger ... now I need to see a hand specialist.
Why didn't I go to the doctor sooner you may ask ... well, I won't repeat myself since I mentioned it in the post prior to this one (my WIP post)... but I had a good reason...pretty much the entire month of March was really awful for my family.
|After over a month of not working on my bears I gave it a try ...|
|trying to hand-sew with a hurt pointer finger is definitely not easy.|
one month later
May 8, 2017
I tried to finish the teddies last month but my finger was just too painful. So the teddies are still unfinished. But the good news is that I finally saw a hand specialist and he looked at my x-rays and did not see any obvious damage that might require surgery. Hooray!!! but he did suggest that I get therapy for my hand. He also said that with therapy my finger should be back to normal in about a month. Even better news is that the pain is almost gone when I use my finger ... I still can't bend it completely but I'm working on that ...
I bought this awesome ball that was intended as a stress ball but it is also a great exercise ball for my hand. I love the little face on it!
So this week I am going to try to go back to working on my teddies (again). I have a feeling that I may get those poor little teddies finished ... soon ... finally!
Oh, I forgot to mention some bad news that the doctor gave me: in my x-rays he verified that I'm starting to get arthritis in my fingers. Which means that I will probably be working even slower that I have been (I usually stop sewing when my fingers start to ache)... but I'll still be making teddies for as long as I can. I will probably put a limit on how many Custom Orders I accept each year because I have a backlog of orders now and I have not been able to design or make anything new for the past year. I need to get back to making my one-of-a-kind creations.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
|At this point I only needed to finish making the teddy heads, which is the most important part, so I never work on the heads when I am exhausted or stressed ... of course I was both for the entire month of March ... therefore, no bears were created.|