Thursday, June 5, 2014

Project 52 - Miniature Bear Making - #14

Hold it all together

Well, I'm certainly trying to hold it all together!  While I'm recovering from surgery, today's lesson is a short one.

After I mark out  and cut out a teddy bear's pieces, I usually save the parts in a ziplock baggie.  At any given time I will have lots of little baggies, I never work on only one bear at a time.

This helps to keep me organized, and generally it works well.  But accidents do happen and over the years every once in a while a part of a teddy bear that I am working on has disappeared into thin air.  If the teddy was cut from the last scrap of a piece of vintage fabric, this is disastrous.  I'm sure all of you have dived under the couch cushions at one time or another looking for a part that was lost. 
Most of the missing part mystery incidents happen to me because I don't work in only one place.  I don't even necessarily work while stationary.  Bears travel with me in cars, on planes, trains, even the occasional boat.  (I've never made a bear while sitting on the back of a camel, ha ha.  Just wait, as soon as I feel better I'm going to try that)!
In 1849, well ahead of the problem, Walter Hunt found the solution to the missing parts mystery when he patented the safety pin.
Use a large safety pin to keep your teddy bear's pieces together.  Don't use a rusty pin, and pin in the seam allowance if possible. If you are on the move, you can even attach the safety pin to the hem of your skirt to make sure you don't leave it behind when you hop off the bus.  It's no wonder I often get strange looks when I'm standing in the queue at the Post Office...

I made the polymer clay teddy that travels with me on my favourite big safety pin.  One should have pretty little treasures all around you!

My book page for Lesson 14.

In this miniature bear making series, we are using the Angus pattern, which you will find in my Etsy Shop, and on the Tin Soldiers Website.

Some of us are making a book or a set of note cards with techniques for miniature bear making.  I have made page templates if you would like to copy mine, but it could also be fun to make your own.  Every week, you will find printable templates for Project 52 HERE .

1 comment:

  1. I hope your recovery is progressing well. I put my hand up to loosing an ear once. Your pin is a good idea.
    Hugs Kay