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!


  1. Shanna, good for you for trying your first bigger bear and for starting a blog! I love both bears here in your photo. I am a follower of your blog now; you know I have to see what you're up to. :-)

    And your points about bigger bears: too true!

  2. This bear is so cute!!!! I think the nose looks perfect. Can't wait to see it finished. I showed it to Dar and she said you are very talented.

  3. Shanna, the big guy is coming along GREAT! Yeah, you can get a ton of stuffing in a big head can't you. I'm forever buying stuffing. Can't wait to see it finished.

  4. Hi Shanna!

    I just began to follow your blog too.
    Your big bear has a beautiful head. The nose looks great to my own view point. You did a fantastic scissor sculpting job on this head.

    If that can help, I usually consider using a fat quarter for a big bear 38 cm tall. When I am careful, I have enough left for a small bear about 21,5 cm tall.
    For a bear the size of Tuba (cf on my blog or website), consider buying a half meter (twice bigger), as a fat quarter is not enough.

    Better buying too much than not enough, think you will always find a way to use your remnants!

    Big bear hugs,

  5. Thanks everyone!
    Right now he has all his parts, but I don't have the right size joints for him or wiring for hims arms. Hopefully SOMEDAY I will finish him!