Welcome to Gemini Bears May 2003 Newsletter

This is the 6th of our online newsletters. If you wish to view the previous newsletter with it's tips etc then click the link.

Buff, Scruff & Croaker, Christopher, and,Paprica have all been added to the site since the last Newsletter.
Buff is a conventional little chap with a thumb on each hand. Mohair Bear very easy to make
Scruff & Croaker are very good freinds. Frogs and bears have a natural affinity. Frogs don't eat honey and bears don't eat flies.
Christopher is a beginners bear. He is just a baby wanting to be picked up and loved
Paprica is a little 5 " bear best made from tipped mohair.

Click Here to see them all.

Tips from Chris :

Try plucking the fur from the muzzle before you make up the bear.

September's Main Topic though is Ears

When placing ears on the bear's head after stuffing and jointing, place pins in the places you wish them to be placed. You can even measure from the side of the eye to the bottom pin on both sides and also from the top of the eye to the top of the top pin where you want the ears to go. When you are satisfied with the placement of the ears, take a long doll's needle and with one corner of the bear's ear, sew the thread through the comer and into the bottom pin, bring the needle out at the top pin. Sew the thread once more into the comer of the ear and pass the needle over to the other ear, through the top of the head and do the same, only this time reversing the procedure - top pin to bottom pin. By doing this, this will enable you to stabilize the ear before sewing onto the head. It has the beauty of the fact that if the ears are uneven, you can manipulate them to even them up. This is hard to do with pins and a lot easier to do with a needle and thread. Sew the ears on with ladder stitching and sew them on identically. For example sew each ear on, starting at the back bottom corner and going up to the top and then down the front side. By sewing them on identically, you will have your ears either both facing forward or both facing backwards, not one forward and one backward.If you want the ears to face forward sew the front first and then the back. Do the opposite for 'backward" facing ears. If you want the ears with a slight curve to them, then when first tacking the ears to the head, make the stitch slightly smaller than the ear and this will curve the ear. If the ears are large then you could sew a curve into them before placing them on the head. Folding the ear in half and stitching along the straight folded line does this. Then push your index finger into the ear and you will find that it opens out slightly. much like the inside of a tube or a flower. Sew the ear onto the head like this. It can be made completely of fur or made half and half from suede, velour or felt. Experimertal ears. I have just recently made bears with completely suede ears - no fur at all and I like the effect. Ears can be a little boring so use your imagination and experiment a little. Sew ears on the headline laying them flat along the seam that joins the centre head to the side heads. Sew them half way down the bear's side head either well back or well forward. Do try all sorts of ways to place ears, you will be amazed at the different effects you can produce by changing the ear's position. If they are inset ears then your problem is solved.

I hope these tips are of value to you, but if you require further help please do not hesitate to contact me.

Email Chris to add any any bits of advise to the next newsletter of if you have a trick problem you would like to discuss.

Kind Regards Chris

Gemini Bears

ps. The free pattern has changed too.