Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers

Vintage Mink Bears by Kathy Myers
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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

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of this Custom Order