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Bearmaking 101 : an ins"bear"ational course
Waugh, Carol-Lynn Rössel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Publishing, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT174.3 .W38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Enjoy the adventures of a charming teddy bear family as they lead you through the enchanting process of crafting cuddly friends. As you work through the projects in this irresistible beginner's "course," you will learn skills that build upon each other. Start with a basic bean bear, and progress through making teddy bear hand puppets, jointed teddy bears, marionette teddy bears, and tiny teddies. Includes full-color photographs, patterns, technical instructions, handy tips, and adorable "true" teddy tales. The author lives in Winthrop, MA. 128 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11. NEW IN PAPERBACK

Author Notes

Carol-Lynn Rossel Waugh has an international reputation in the bearmaking world for her books; awardwinning articles and photographs; teddy bears produced by top-notch firms

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Booklist Review

Puns aside, Rossel Waugh's introduction to the art and craft of bear making beats all previous efforts, paws down. Why? This well-respected designer of cuddly furries takes beginners step-by-step through the simplest one-pattern piece to more complicated efforts, including teddies with gusseted head, slight hump, or multijointed limbs. Each includes actual size pattern pieces, sequential color photographs, materials and supplies, and a story fantasy. In conclusion, there's a thorough, professional discussion of materials and techniques. Advice includes looking for either German or British manufactured mohair for the bear bodies (the English kind is scruffier), taking care in choosing the creature's eyes if it's to be a child's toy, and using sturdy upholstery thread in ladder stitches to close seams. --Barbara Jacobs

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Preamblep. 7
Project 1. Basic Bean Bearp. 9
Project 2. Baby Bean Bearp. 20
Project 3. Teddy Bear Hand Puppet, Style 1p. 26
Project 4. Teddy Bear Hand Puppet, Style 2p. 33
Project 5. Jointed Teddy Bear with Center Seam Headp. 39
Project 6. Jointed Teddy Bear with Gusseted Headp. 51
Project 7. Bear with Multi-Jointed Limbsp. 65
Project 8. Marionette Standsp. 73
Project 9. Stringing Your Marionettep. 79
Project 10. Mini Hand Puppet, Style 1p. 83
Project 11. Mini Hand Puppet, Style 2p. 88
Project 12. Tiny Teddiesp. 93
Materials, Tools, Techniques, and Tips
Section I Fabrics Through Stitching
Fabricsp. 99
Threadsp. 101
Eyesp. 101
Joint Discs and Cotter Pinsp. 102
Fillingsp. 103
Bearmaking Toolsp. 103
Pattern-Making Supplies and Tipsp. 105
Working with Bearmaking Fabricsp. 105
Cutting Bears Outp. 106
Preparing Pieces for Stitchingp. 107
Stitching Your Bearsp. 107
Stitching Foot Padsp. 109
Section II Jointing and Stuffing
Making Joints with Discs and Cotter Pinsp. 110
Plastic Safety Jointsp. 114
Stuffing Tipsp. 114
Closing Seamsp. 116
Hints for Healthy Bearmakingp. 116
Section III Making Faces
Features for Center Seamed Bearsp. 119
Features for Gusset Head Bearsp. 124
A Bjorn Teddy Bear Family Albump. 126
Indexp. 128