this delightful bear is available for sale here
Over at Crochet Lovers Victoria, we had a Valentines Day Competition...
The idea was to design and crochet a gift for a loved one, and to incorporate a heart somewhere in the design.
As always, I left it until the last minute. Not because I wanted to, but just because I couldn't think of anything interesting enough to enter.
In the end, I decided on a very mainstream piece... and designed my interpretation of the standard Valentines Day Bear.
Of course he is made using reclaimed yarns... the eyes are beads from a recycled necklace, and the nose is cut from a felted jumper.
I have a bit of a thing about stuffing though... it has to be new. I've experimented with recycled stuffings from inside old toys, cushions, etc... but I'm never happy with the quality of it. It seems to have deteriorated over time, and almost have a crumbly, powdery texture to it - that I just don't like, and refuse to use.
I know that there is the idea of using wool/fabric scraps as stuffing... but I just don't like the results I get from them.
Totally open to ideas though.
If you have a fabulous stuffing idea, let me know!
And if I ever come across one... of course you guys will be the first to know...
Meanwhile... this little guy won me the competition, and is now for sale in my madeit store.
I will be perfecting the pattern, and once it has been through the testing process - it will be available for sale as a PDF and also as part of a kit (including yarns, beads and felt for making your own bear)
I would think that we are looking at a time frame of around 8 weeks...