Bearmaking 101: An Ins"Bear"Ational Course

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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

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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

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