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Saturday, November 7, 2009

A new Bear.

I have just finished something I love to show you, in between Christmas creations!
This is Sophie (my hubby chose her name), I was inspired by Autumn colors to use remnants of tartan fabrics and old leather to make a sweet old looking teddy. 

I gave this old and charming look to her face shaving and removing fur in the areas where antique bears show signs of wear... I always have problems when it is necessary to do that to a beautiful, new and expensive piece of mohair... but afterwards I am completely happy with the result!
She wears a fabulous English antique collar and a necklace with rusty bells... jingle jingle!

Her paw/foot pads are made of old leather, and thanks to Paula's tutorial, she has the most perfect foot pads I have ever made! Thank you again, Paula!

...Bye bye! Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Sweetness! Your bear is so beautiful, Monica. And how delightful that your hubby named her! =)

  2. Oh Monica!
    Sophie is absolutely beautiful right down to her little leather paws. I love the fabric combination that you chose for her. Her collar is so exquisite and even her little bell necklace is outstanding. It will give her a gingle to her step. I love the way you shaved her fur to give her that worn look. It antiqued her beautifully. The bow on her little head gave her that childlike look that we all love so much.

    Thank you for sharing Monica. She is truly exquisite. I love her.

    Please stop by and say hi. I would so love to have you visit.

    Country hugs, Sherry

  3. Oh, how delightful!

    Are you saying you just threw this bear together in your spare time? ;o)

    Your bear is adorable xx

  4. You did a terrific job! Sophie turned out great! I am going to a bear making course (part 1 for the very first time!) on Monday at Rosabears http://rosabearsblogspot.com
    I'm so excited! Are you a trained professional?
    Have a great weekend, give my love to Sophie!

  5. Aren't her limbs the most wonderful you've ever seen?

  6. Sophie ia a darling, and a well dressed one at that! I think she should have a very large family!


  7. What a beautiful bear- and yes I do feel like I have so much to do!

    I need to stop adding things to my list!


  8. My to do list just gets longer. What a beautiful bear!!
    Hope you are having a great weekend.

  9. Monica - she is so beautiful!I am amazed that you made her! I love teddy bears and she is one of the sweetest I have seen!

  10. Bella ragazza~ you have outdone yourself!!! Sophie is adorable and your sweet hubby chose a perfect name!

    Love, love, love & hugs!!!

    I just got an email letting me know that my book is on it's way :-)

  11. Oh wouldnt sophie look wonderful sitting on an all leather couch? She is a beautiful creation!

  12. Monica your bear is "magnifico". I love how you are so thoughtful when you are creating these lovely bears. Hugs and love. Sharon

  13. Hi Monica,

    Your bear Sophie is adorable and yes, so much to do and not enough hours in the day.

    Happy weekend

  14. She is stunnung! I love her!!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  15. Sophie is adorable!! and such a sweet name too.

  16. She is perfect, you always find the right fabrics and the most amazing finishing touches!!! Love her, she is so gorgeous with her lovely plaids.
    Margaret B

  17. She is the cutest, I just love her right down to every little detail.

  18. Such a sweet little face she has..looks like she is waiting to strike up a conversation - or perhaps join you in a tea party! Her collar is gorgeous. So glad I found your blog.

  19. Está muy linda.

  20. Sophie looks so sweet ! What a beautiful collar.
    Your Christmas wreaths are beautiful, too. I love the red accents in your home, so cosy !

    Have a nice week,

  21. Oh Sophie is so beautiful......
    She looks like a real model. I love the old bells that rinkling on her neck so much......
    Great work to make such great art.
    Nice evening

  22. Monica, Sophie is a darling! I love the fabrics you used. So chic! Looks like a fabulous teddy found in a high-end New York boutique!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!


  23. He is absolutely beautiful. Love the leather pads too.
    I just saw the count down to Christmas and almost freaked out!

  24. Oh! I love Sophie. She is so precious! I just can't believe you can create such wonderfulness! laurie

  25. What an incredible bear you made! I think those are hard to do. I love the fabrics and leather :)
    Today I lucked up on a really old straw stuffed bear at a thrift store for $8...I'll show him soon.

  26. Sophie is adorable!!!! I do love the use of the colors you chose. Soooooooooooooooooo sweet. Job well done. Now enjoy her. have a great week! Hugs to you & Ms Kim from Ms Reba & I. ~Charlene

  27. Monica, your bears are always such a delight to see, and I love hearing what inspired you to create the finished result:) I also find it so special that your husband is very interested in your bears and even names them, that is so special :)

  28. Hi Monica,
    Your bear is so beautifully made and I love the choice of different tweedy fabrics. The lace collar is perfect for her too!

    Happy Sewing!
    Niki x


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