Friday, October 24, 2014

Baby Bonnie Beth

This week has been a bit of a mess-around week with all of the errands we've had to run with the house sale pending for this monday. It was one of those weeks where it just feels like you're treading water but not really getting anywhere. I literally spend two days dyeing mohair, drying mohair and sitting on the floor tracing and cutting out bear patterns. This was my rather pretty pile of mess at the end! 

I decided that I wanted to finish the newest reborn-style bear first, as it was actually this time last week that I finished the little boy baby bear (Oliver William). So now he has a little sister. The photo above shows her face with just the eyes inserted and the nose trimmed.

Below shows the face finished, and I was checking to make sure I'd left enough space between her ears and her eyes for her pink rose headband.

Then this was the cute little bundle of fluff that ended up looking back at me when she was all finished. I am quite smitten with this baby bear actually! Look at that little face - so innocent.

And here we have the final photos of 'Baby Bonnie' in her brand new (still with tags attached) 'Mockingbird' brand newborn size nightdress. It has a fine pink rose print all over it, as well as a sweet pale pink velvetene bow by the colar and twin buttons down the back.

Name: Bonnie Beth
Born: 24/10/14
Time: 5:32pm 
Weight: 5 lb 2oz
Length: 45cm

Bonnie is actually made from a piece of our Limited Edition mohair of the same name. She is a one of a kind artist bear and is currently available for adoption. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Baby Oliver William

This sweet (slightly grumpy and overtired) little baby boy is Oliver William. He is the latest, and currently the only available reborn-style baby bear we have for adoption.

He is made in a piece of our imported German mohair called 'Dove Brown' - because it is a tricky shade to describe: not quite chocolate, not quite silver. I actually had him cut out and ready to go as an example bear for this line of mohair... but it took me too long to make him and we've actually now sold out of it! lol

(We do still have this same pile of mohair available in a funky Marmalade orange though)

Born: 17/10/14
Time: 5:06pm 
Weight: 4 lb 8oz
Length: 17" 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Turquoise Squirrel

After falling in love with my first ever squirrel soft sculpture, I decided I did indeed need to make another one. While I was on a roll!

So this little lady came about. She's pretty self explanatory - stunning hand-dyed turquoise mohair in two shades mixed with a rainbow faux fur tail and a lilac bow... perfection really.

I am honestly surprised she's still sitting on my shelf. She is available for adoption in our store at the moment... but only because we are moving soon and I really can't afford to be sentimental!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

designing a squirrel

I got asked to create a soft sculpture squirrel as a special custom request this month. I finally had some time to get to work on the pattern over the weekend, so sat down and drew out this sketch as a starting point. This is the way I create all my new patterns - I start with a concept drawing, then I take the shapes I'll need for each component from the drawing, altering where I need to as I go.

This is the little guy in pieces, with his eyelids freshly sculpted.The trickiest part of this whole project was selecting fabrics that would work and look 'squirrel-ish' enough. I got lucky with this dense gold mohair, and the matching dense white that one of our limited edition long pile faux fur fabrics was a good match!

And this was the end result. Not too bad for a protoype if I do say so myself (in fact she's actually better then I expected! bonus!). Her new mum has called her 'Poppy' and decided to go with the red bow by her ear as her accessory.

I would really like to make another squirrel to make use of my newly crafted pattern again... but it will depend on whether or not I can find some more suitable fabrics to make a second one different as little Poppy is being sold as a one of a kind.

Maybe I could try a colourful squirrel... turquoise anyone!?

Friday, October 10, 2014


I've been reading a book I found in my drawer a few weeks ago called 'The Empress of Mijak'. I'm not too sure how I came to own this book (I have a fairly extensive collection of random/half-read books around my bedside table), but I am loving the story. 

Anywho... because I am totally immersed in the visuals of this novel, I couldn't help myself but create an empress-inspired bear. 

18" tall, very heavy, fully jointed, glass eyes and a free-hand embroidered 'bear' shaped nose. 

And, fittingly cut from a large piece of our 'Queen of Hearts' mohair using our 'Alivia' pattern (with a 1/2m piece of this mohair and a copy of the pattern, you too could have a go at creating this bear yourself in your own Empress style!).  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trio of Choc-Beary goodness

These three teds are the result of this weeks work in the studio. 

We have two little 13" bendy bears with satin ruffle colars, and one chunky big girly bear. All made in a mix of luxury and kid mohair fur fabrics from my odds and bobs stash. 

This little guy is 'Aimon'. We used a little of our dark chocolate kid mohair (now sold out in our store!), and a little of our 'Golden' kid mohair (there is only ONE piece left!), and a little bit of a wispy blonde mohair to create this funky guy.

He is currently available in our etsy store.


We also have 'Ambroise'. Made in a mix of a long straight pile choc/chestnut mohair combined with a blonde/chestnut tipped mohair for his belly and ears. I love how innocent this little guy came out looking!

Ambroise is also available in our etsy store.


And then there was 'Iara'.

I AM IN LOVE with this girl. If this wasn't the job that paid our bills, I'd be holding onto her and not letting go!

But we do have her up for adoption, and she is going to make one lucky collector very happy I think!