Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Joseph

Today is Joseph's birthday; he turns 28 years old. He is now in his second year of a doctoral program at the University of Maryland. I'm very proud of him all of the time...but sometimes, I wish I had this little boy to hold one more time.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recycled Fur

I've never made a bear out of real fur; I've always wanted to, but never took up the challenge. I was asked to make bears by my niece from a full-length muskrat coat that belonged to her deceased mother. As I understand it, the five children in the family grew up playing in mom's coat. A couple of weeks ago I got another call from a local lady wanting bears out of a full-length mink. Two real fur coats...I immediately signed up for the Heirloom Bear online class at EbearZ University.

The first step is to take the coats apart and check for tears or bald spots. This is a messy, messy job that must be done outside. As I started taking the mink apart I found lots of little yellow pieces that looked like sawdust. Did you know that real fur professionally cleaned is tumbled in large drums of sawdust? I didn't, not until I checked with Nancy Tillberg. Take a look at her website to see some of the beautiful bears she makes, many of them from recycled fur.

After I calmed down about the sawdust, it took me two days to take the mink apart. It will probably take longer for the muskrat since it has an underlining as well.  Both coats saw a lot of use and were in worse shape than they appeared as whole coats. Today I'm working on a pattern. I'm a little scared to start cutting into someone's special coat, but I'm on it and will let you know how I do.

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Bears Available


Three new Waggle Bears are available for adoption. Sadly, they did not find homes during the recent "Be My Valentine" online show. If you have questions, please email me.