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Sunday, April 13th 2014.
Time for a new project! An other "in between" project because I'm still making my bears-house. Just need a little change every now and then!
Some time ago I bought a lovely mohair; it is from the nostalgy serie from Probaer in Gronau in Germany. It is really beautiful felted open sparse mohair. Most of the time I wash my fabric before I use it but this time I didn't....no smell and beautiful felted so better leave it this way.
I have been "playing" with thoughts about vintage-look or old-look creations and I must confess I'm not really good at it but as long as I don't try I will never succeed! So, I have put on my "naughty shoes" as we say here and started.
|first thing I decided was I am going to add BLUE.....and the stripes have won.|
|trying out different sizes and positions for the eyes.....these are not the real eyes yet!|
|the eyes have been added and the blue stripes too. Still thinking about the position of the ears....will work it out...|
I used the pattern from my shabby rabbit but had to make some changes because there was not enough fabric. I will add the pattern-changes after this project is ready. What I notice is that the snout has another shape than the other one. For that one I used faux-fur with a little stretch and this mohair doesn't stretch. It is amazing how many little changes you can add to a pattern by using different fabric!
More to come!
The ears: I shaded them but thought it was "over the top". That's hard. Maybe I must get used to "very" shaded creations....but maybe I shouldn't get used to it at all?!
What I did is wash the ears gently to get a lot of the added colour off. I really like it better this way.
What I also did was give a little stitch on the back of the ears to keep them together. Nothing else needed!
One little thing I found out:
In general I want to say that I love the rabbit but that I will make a few changes to the pattern if I don't use a stretching fabric. Make the snout (chin) a bit rounder....and I already made the tummy a bit rounder (at the bottom in front).
It is always possible that one of these days I will decde to give rabbit a tail.....that's SO me!
I shall add the changes in the pattern one of these days (or you can make them yourself ofcourse).
Thank you for following my project!!!! xxx Pink
Friday March 14th 2014.
Yesterday I have started a new project. I want to make 2 little "Panda-bears". "Panda" because I use different colours on each bear. Nothing to do with a look-a-like for a real Panda bear!
I'll call them my Twins.
I had some left-over mohair in red and white and also some of the red-with-white-dots fabric. The pattern I use is the pattern for Bebe and it is already available on my page free patterns. Using other mohair will create completely different bears, I'm sure!
All parts have been cut out of the fabrics and next thing I did was...hesitate! Which combination do I like the most:
|I decided to sew all the red parts first; time for the gusset and the foot-paws!|
Making progress here! Sewed the head and I always do this by hand to make the head neat.
|I always start at this point and tack and go back stitching|
|here the other side has been done too|
|making very small stitches|
|piece by piece|
|side after side|
|check! is it equal? OK!|
|hello little bear!!!|
Now it is time for my "favourite" parts again: footpaws!!!!
|adding the footpaw.....one side done|
|done! seams must be cut, hairs must be pulled to the right side....added fray-check already against raffling|
|funny! they can stand alone! the fabric is soft tho!|
|bear in progress....|
|maybe you have noticed the ears.....I always leave a lot of fabric around the pattern, especially when I make a small bear....it is so much easier to hold and to stitch and I will cut the seams afterwards anyway...|
PS: after a couple of hours I DID shade a little! Just around the eyes and the snout....