Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A New Appreciation . . . .

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To all you gals out there that sew with "real" fur . . . I certainly have a new respect for you all. Real fur is not easy . . . and vintage fur is an absolute challenge! This little Mink bear is certainly making me work.
The fur is soft and full, but the leather backing splits soooo easily. I have to sew all the seams by hand and make sure the spacing is wide enough to keep each pinhole separate from the next (so it doesn't rip like perforated paper). I also learned quickly that the entire bear needs to be lined on the inside. Rather like making two bears in one.
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Anyways . . . the cuteness factor is coming along. I think she will look sweet with a bouquet of vintage flowers.



Those look real . . . . are they?



No . . . but I had you fooled for a minute : )



Well, I had better get back to work ~ Lots to do before she is finished.

6 comments:

Brenda said...

Karen,
It's coming along nicely - I know REAL fur bears are a challenge. That's why I've never done one LOL! You seem to be on top of things though - can't wait to see the finished bear.

Brendie

The Victorian Parlor said...

This is so much fun watching this bear come to life! I can't wait to see the next set of pictures!

Nancy said...

Hi Karen...Oh, he/she is looking lovely. I love the colour...so pretty for a bear. Love the vintage flowers. They will look wonderful with this bear.

Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Nancy

TattingChic said...

Your bear is coming along nicely! :)

Jessica said...

Beautiful...

Anonymous said...

hi karen, your bear is charming. just a tip when sewing the real fur.cut muslin pieces as lining for the bear.sew the lining pieces and fur as one piece.then there is less stress on the fur.
i have done one rabbit fur bear it is the worst.
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