Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the works

Just thought I'd check in and let everyone see what is in the works here at The Little Leaf. I have a little guy that's getting close to being finished, but has taken a bit of a backseat to my first big bear. It's been fun creating a bigger guy, but it's been a very different experience from the miniatures. Here are a few things I've learned about bigger bears.

- The ears are much much easier to sew, but equally as difficult to position satisfactorily.
- The nose is still the very hardest part to get right (I still need to tweak this one a bit).
- Much larger needles or a good dose of ingenuity are required.
- It takes more fabric than you would expect (I am going to run out and need to re-order some more...oops!).
- The amount of stuffing that can fit in to a big bear head is just enormous!

Well, that sums it up so far. Next step is the body (the easiest part). Wish me luck!

Friday, May 21, 2010

I would like to introduce you to Alexander, my newest Little Leaf! He is the biggest bear I've made and stands a whopping 5.5"! He is made of a sparse mohair in a lovely light peach so he looks like he's ALWAYS having a bad hair day! He should show up in my Bear Pile store within the next few days. Thanks for taking a peak!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Off to Rhode Island

Today I'm traveling to Rhode Island where I'll have access to a sewing machine. I'm really excited to start making some bigger bears! My suitcase is all loaded up with bear supplies and I have a couple packages waiting for me full of lovely mohair and teddy joints and eyes. The fur is going to fly!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Figaro the Fox!

Meet Figaro, my newest Little Leaf! He is currently listed on Bear Pile, but here is a quick peek! Below is his link. Thanks for looking!

First Post!

Hi my name is Shanna Hiniker, welcome to my blog! I kept telling myself that it was time I join the blogging community and I finally made it happen. I must admit, it's easier than I expected, I don't know why I waited so long. I am going to be spending all summer working on my artist bears so please check back to see whose new in the Little Leaf house!