Sunday, April 13, 2008

Silly Old Bear

I finally finished a birthday gift for my friend R in Pennsylvania (no peeking, sir!). It's over a month late, but a lot of love and effort went into it, so hopefully that will count for something (right?). It's a stuffed bear, made out of felt, stuffing, thread, buttons, and embroidery floss.

I used a pattern from my new awesome book "Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals" by Therese Laskey. I used the pattern "tramp heart bear" by Lisa Martin, although I adjusted some things (mostly the color of felt, and I did almost everything by hand, saving the machine stitching for the very end).

Here he is on the table of the trailer in NV, waiting for the final embroidery, and to be stuffed and sewed together. He's holding a dried Phacelia flower from the desert.

Here are some detail photos of the embroidery I did. I've become a tad obsessed with it and just got a sweet book from the public library called "Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches."

He's got a little tattoo (can you read it?), and some scars from his mysterious previous life.

And here he is, in all of his 3D glory! I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out, and I hope he's happy in PA.


Felicia said...

Oh, he's adorable and sure to be loved :)

Recipient said...

Bear arrived safely in PA and was met with so much love that some of the scars have started to disappear!

P.S. -- I didn't peak.