I really enjoyed making the little one-of-a-kind buggers. For some reason, I guess I got out of my phase - I think mostly because they were quite time-consuming. I made all of them jointed and with leather paws.
All pieces - head, legs, arms and body are all sewn and stuffed separately then jointed together. The reward was great fun - but, as I said, each one did take quite some time to create.
I named each bear and made a leather tag to wear around their neck with their name printed on it.
I probably made about 30-40 of them - and either sold or gave away most of them as gifts. But here are the ones still living with me.
|This is one that I made for myself. Her name is Tillie.|
|Tillie's name tag.|
|This is Buddy and Petunia. I made Buddy for my dad and Petunia for my mom. Until the day my parents passed away, they sat at the headboard of their bed.|
|This is Heaven. She was made after my grandma passed away. The sweater is made from what was left of the old tattered-button-up-sweater that my grandma always wore around her house to take the chill away.|
|This is Thompson, Alfonzo, and Bear. I made all of these for my son. Hmmm...for some reason he didn't take them with him when he went off to college.|
|Here's the whole family sitting on the back porch. They all called dibs on the rocking chair. :-)|
Gosh - I wonder if I should consider adding to the family tree...