The first is a 7" in a white with blue tip sparse and shaggy mohair. I have never used this mohair before so it is exciting not knowing how he/she is going to turn out.
I have chosen a mid blue ultrasuede for the paws to compliment the blue tip on this pretty mohair.
|I don't think my big white Real Soft Toys cat |
minds being used as a model for the mohair
The other bear will be 4-5" and is being made from a beautifully soft gold with rust tip which I was told is used a lot for making ducklings. He will have peach coloured ultrasuede paws.
I have already cut him out and do not have enough of this mohair left to show you it in the 'piece'.
Here is Butterscotch a 6" bear made from the same mohair, but with gold paws.
|Butterscotch 6" mohair bear|
I have got all the pieces stitched together and have stuffed and jointed the arms and legs. Recently I purchased some smaller cotterpin joints that will make it much easier to assemble the 4-5" bears.
The head is also stuffed ready for my favourite bit - nose, mouth, eyes and ears.
First I have to sew up the stuffing seams in the arms and legs and comb out any trapped mohair.
Here are the pieces so far.
|The pieces of the two bears ready for assembling|
On my Spaniel tray (found in a second hand shop) there is also my trusty old pincussion, strong thread, two sizes of sharp scissors, two sizes of cotterpin turners, the rest of the joint components I will need and my little homemade stuffing tool. My husband made it for me years ago and I would be lost without it. It is a metal crocheting hook inserted and glued hooked end into a bradawl handle and then bound with string. It is great for stuffing and turning smaller size bears.
I will show more of the progress of these bears tomorrow.
Butterscotch and many other bears - new handmade mohair and vintage, can be found on my website