Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers

Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers
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Saturday, March 26, 2016

WIP ... companion dog

This is a continuation of Custom Order #4 for Debbie
I completed teddy #3639 and I am now making a companion dog
(Debbie requested a dog long before I decided to 
restrict my Custom Orders to Teddy Bears only)

I will be using my favorite puppy pattern in just a slightly larger size.

Debbie send me a full length coat so I have lots and lots of mink to work with.
For her teddy I just cut the pattern from the back of the coat and there were some thicker pelts
that were rather difficult to hand sew though.
But I was pleasantly surprised when I cut off the sleeves of the coat when I was looking
for thinner pelts for the dog pattern ... I found the perfect pelts in the sleeves:

Do you see the difference?
Instead of a lot of little strips of mink pelts sewn together
The sleeves are full pelts!
So much easier to hand-sew.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mink Rabbit ... available for adoption

Happy Spring!

Happy Easter!

I am pleased to introduce my newest rabbit design 

Please CLICK HERE to see all of the details 
and lots of photos of this charming Spring Rabbit

Heather was quickly ADOPTED

Heather is traveling to her new home with her colorful felt Easter basket ...
she will arrive in time to celebrate Easter with her new family.
Happy Easter!!!

I apologize to my collectors that did not receive my Adoption Invitation
I was having a terrible time sending out my emails ... I think it is time to move to something more reliable. I will take another look at Mail Chimp.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Work In Progress ...

A new rabbit pattern!

This has been on my "to do" list for the past year
so with Easter just around the corner
I decided to take another break from my Custom Orders
to work on my rabbit ...

I've only designed the head so far ...
I am very happy my rabbit's head

To be perfectly honest I am not sure about the rest of the design because I have not created it yet.
I have always designed my creations from the "inside out" ... I draw out a pattern and then I have to sew it together to see what I've actually created. So I am always surprised at the results. 

This is turning out to be a rather large rabbit ... but isn't that a nice surprise!

UPDATE Friday March18:
Designing a new pattern takes a lot of time! But for me it is a lot of fun!!!
Here is the pile of tried and rejected pattern pieces, so far ...

At first I was thinking of designing the more human-style of legs ...

but I decided the real rabbit's legs were more charming 

especially when the rabbit is sitting.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Custom Teddy for Debbie

To see more photos of Debbie's custom teddy

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Work in Progress

Custom Order #4
for Debbie
1 teddy bear using pattern #2

Debbie sent me this mink coat

These little bits of mink will soon be transformed into a teddy bear!

Even though I prefer sewing completely by hand ... to speed things along I will sometimes sew the larger pieces on my machine. This particular mink pelt has areas where the pelt is thicker and that makes it more difficult to hand sew (I was happy to use my machine or my fingers would have been very sore). Regardless of the difficulty in sewing I ALWAYS sew the head by hand because, of course, the head is the most important part of the teddy.

Almost finished !!!