It’s very easy to feel sentimental about a soft sculpture created from fabric, buttons and jewelry that belongs to someone that you love. It’s even easier when the faces are sculpted to remind you of that person.
I have constructed a selection of different styles of, white, mock-up bears that come with the ability to reorganize all their body parts. My clients choose a head, body, arms and legs that most remind them of the person being memorialized. Ear size, shape and location, and the style of the nose, matters more than can be imagined. The rest is up to me.
I use the fabric that I’ve been given to work with, including the linings, buttons, embroideries, and often even the style of clothing to create a bear that suits my client’s wishes. The time taken to cut out a bear can be longer than the sewing time. “Fussy cutting“, a term used by quilters for placing pattern pieces in very exact spots, is absolutely necessary as spare fabric to play with is an unusual luxury. If the bear is being created to honour someone, I keep a photo of that person with me as a work. It amazes me how much a photograph tells me about someone.
I create the face of the bear with needle-sculpting, using photos as reference, to ensure there is a hint of the actual person in the face.
I have a collection of clothes and hat patterns I’ve adapted that will fit any standard sized bears as well. A clothing style that is particular to a client’s special wishes is always considered.
Other creatures, including doll shapes, are also possible. My goal is to make my client’s memories come alive in whatever form is best for them.
Other Animals and their friends
Not everyone wants a bear. I have patterns for a whole host of other animals as well. In fact, I even have some patterns for bugs and fish. In these matters my clients have the final say.
The next four creations were made from a housecoat, a sweat shirt, and a blouse that belonged to my client’s beloved mother. The bear, fairy, kitty and koala all have a bit of each article of clothing in them! All of them are so individual even though they share the same beginnings.
Contact me about having your beloveds fabric turned into a new keepsake.