Wednesday, 8 September 2021

WOYWW....

 Welcome to the bear factory :-)  It's been a busy couple of days for me and it's not finished yet lol

Last thing on Friday I was brought this....

...a huge bag full of clothes that had belonged to a much loved Wife, Mother and Grandma.  My instructions were...
  • to make 13 different Memory bears for the family members.
  • For 8 boys and 5 girls.
  • Some special items of clothing were chosen for some of the bears
  • She was a Scottish lady hense I felt it important that each bear had a panel of the tartan on.

13 bears means 52 panels needed cutting out.  13 front left, 13 front right, 13 back left and 13 back right. Some of the items of clothing were not suitable to be used. Some fabrics required stabilising with interfacing.
Don't forget every bear had to be different from the next too!!

Here you can see that, after a busy day on Monday, I had cut out all the panels and partenered them up ready to sew. 




Yesterday [my day off!!] I sewed all 13 bears together and these are ready for stuffing and making up today....so this is what my desk looks like this morning.










It's been a busy week so far.....I have also shortened the sleeves on a wedding suit jacket and shortened a pair of trousers first thing Monday morning and today I have to start my day off by steaming a bridesmaid's dress and there is another Memory bear coming this afternoon too.....Oh Happy days.

We also fitted in a very busy weekend with a birthday party for a certain 'little' Theo who is now 5 and has settled in well to his new school...where has that time gone?

So folks I promise I will do my best to return your visit as soon as I am able but please be patient with me this week.
Hugs,
Annie x
 


16 comments:

Catriona said...

Oh my goodness, Annie, that’s a giant fabric jigsaw today! Happy sewing!

Twiglet said...

You are a magician! I honestly don't know how you do it. I will love to see all the finished ones. xx Jo

Christine said...

Oh! My! Goodness! What a lot of bears! Good to be busy but sometimes . . .
Love the idea of each one having the tartan somewhere on it.
Stay strong
Christine #18

Crafting With Jack said...

You are very busy indeed, don’t forget to break for coffee! Angela #11

Helen said...

Oh my what a lot of bears. Bit much to ask them all to be different but you rise ti the challenge! Happy woyww Helen #1

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Gee, that's quite a brief there - I hope they're paying you for all your hard work. I guess you could make them different by making them the mirror image of each other - that would cut down the variations by 50%! Good luck - if anyone can do it, it's you, Annie! xx zsuzsa #22

Elizabeth said...

Hi Annie, wow! You do get some testing projects. Those bears are going to be fabulous and destined to be much loved too. Belated greetings to the birthday boy. Like you say, where have those five years gone. Have a lovely, if busy, week. Hugs, Ellie x #27

Sarah Brennan said...

I can't believe Theo is 5 already Annie. Hope he had a great birthday. You certainly have a mountain of sewing - day off or not. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #6

Shoshi said...

My word, Annie, that IS a commission! A regular teddy bears' picnic! I loved seeing all the skinny little bears lined up ready for sewing. They will look so adorable once their tummies are full! It's nice to see a bit of the production process this week, as we usually only see the finished bears.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #15

Caro said...

Wow! That really is a LOT of bears! Take care and stay safe, With love & God Bless, Caro xxx (#13)

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Busy as usual, that looks like quite a collection of bears. Look forward to seeing them when finished. Wishing you a happy woyww evening, Angela x19x

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, I think I might have had a tantrum working that lot out, I’m so one-at-a-time that it gives me the shivers! You’re amazing and I just know that the 13 children are going to love their bears. Altering sleeves? Also makes me shiver. The brandies all look spiffing in their uniforms for school, I’m so glad and unsurprised that Theo has settled well, but gosh yes, those five years have gone nowhere really and yet are so significant for him!

Spyder said...

Brilliant post! I love that that pile of mixed clothing has been turned into something so magical and lovely for 13 much loved members of a lovely family! Give your self a gold star! Keep on Crafting! Happy WOYWW ((Lyn)) #24

Susan Renshaw said...

Wow - what a lot of work! I am sure the bears are going to be lovely!

Happy WOYWW!
Stay safe and keep well!
Susan #23
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Lindart said...

Wow, 13 bears! You are amazing. I hope you will show off your finished work! Have a great week, Lindart #29

Empire of the Cat said...

So sorry, RL got in the way, and I am terribly late. Happy belated WOYWW! Elle #13, EOTC