Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers

Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Temporary hiatus ...

I may as well admit it ... I keep trying to do it all: sewing and preparing for my daughter's wedding but her wedding is definitely my priority. She has given me the task of making her wedding signs! This is a task that I take seriously since it gives me a new outlet to put my Art Degree to work.

So far, so good. She is happy with the signs that I have finished so far. But she has requested several more for me to make.

So to my collectors and those patiently waiting for me to start on your Custom Teddy ... thank you! I'm pretty sure that my September will be busy with wedding preparations and very little teddy sewing. Next month, after the wedding, my work schedule should get back on track.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Custom Order #8 ... Work In Progress


I had promised to make Melanie custom puppies from her two mink stoles 
before I decided to limit my Custom Orders to Teddy Bears only.

Melanie did request "puppies" rather than "dogs" ... all I can say to that is: I'll try my best to keep them young-looking but these creatures to tend to create their own personalities as I am working on them. I try to coax them gently along but sometimes they insist on looking the way they want to look.

I'm making one dog from each mink stole because even though the colors are similar the pelts are very different. This pelt is my favorite to work with because they are full pelts, you will see the difference when you look at the photos of the other mink stole ....

This is the other mink stole's pelts, can you see the difference? Instead of full pelts this one is little strips of mink sewn together. I tried to avoid the strips and found small areas that were more solid pelt. Why don't I like this type of pelt? Because the areas on a pelt that are most likely to shred are those areas that have been sewn together. Of course I line all of my teddies for extra strength but the other reason I prefer solid pelts are because you can sometimes see the little ridges created by the sewn together strips.

The patterns for the two dogs are all cut out and trimmed. Now I have to sew and assemble all 67 pieces!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Custom Order #7

for Dorothy

Please Click Here to see photos and details
of this Custom Order

Thursday, July 14, 2016

WIP ... Custom Order #7

For Dorothy

Sorry, Dorothy, I'm really off to a late start on your teddies. This is what happens when my husband takes his vacation when I'm still trying to work on my teddies ... ha ha ha ... I didn't get any teddy work done while he was home "resting" because I one more person to take care of.

Also I'm trying to help my daughter as much as possible for her upcoming wedding ... the date is soon and there is always something to do.

But I have FINALLY started on your teddies ... thank you for your patience:
Two teddies from mink stole
using Pattern #1 and Pattern #2

I like the lining ... I had not seen one before with velvet ribbon
I can make lovely little sitting pads with this lining
Wow! I had JUST enough mink for both teddies.
Now I have 58 pattern pieces ... eventually they transform into 2 adorable teddies.
Two adorable heads!!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

My Website was hacked !!!

Well, Happy July 4th to me! My web server sent me an email early this morning to let me know that they detected some bad code on my website. So after spending an hour trying to figure out where it was I finally called a very nice tech guy at my web server who helped me to figure out that it was not my main website but the extra Word Press website that was attached to it. Well, the only important page that I had on that website was my Custom Teddy Bear Service information ... so I just deleted the entire Word Press website !!!

Now I have to rebuild my Custom Teddy Bear Service information page

not to mention updating a lot of links that now lead to nowhere.

Oh boy just what I wanted to do, work on the computer instead of making bears ... AAAUGH!
Wish me luck (I'm an artist not a computer person).

Happy July 4th to everyone!

UPDATE: I've decided to add my Custom Teddy Service page to my blog, here, instead of on my website ...  (see it on my pages listed above)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Custom Twin Teddies (smaller version)

For Vaunell

To see the photos and details of this custom-made order

To see why I had to choose the smaller version of Pattern #1 
please see the Work In Progress post below

Monday, May 16, 2016

Work In Progress ...

Custom Order #6

Two teddy bears from

 a small mink shrug

once I cut it apart I found that there was not enough mink pelt for my usual 11 inch teddies so I will be making two of my 9 inch teddies (which is the same exact pattern just a reduced size).

I had enough mink pelts for the two  9-inch teddies.

At this point I have 62 little pieces of shaped mink pelts
that will eventually become two adorable little mink teddy bears.
Now the hard work begins ...