We have had so many rainy days recently...great for the garden, but not so good for drying primitive dolls! I have a pile of bears, hares and dolls in the sewing basket, all waiting for their ageing treatment, but while the weather is so chilly and damp there they will remain...SO, I have been experimenting with woolly felt over the past week or so and have made some vintage style bears. I adore their long noses - they are just too cute!
The bears come in three sizes, small, medium and large. They have moveable arms and legs, secured with vintage buttons. They have traditional dark, glass button eyes and of course each has a rusty bell and a primed-up label. They are filled with a combination of (British safety standard) toy stuffing and 'beans', so that they sit happily unsupported, and have some of the weight and feel of old sawdust filled bears.
Please note that these bears are not suitable for children - they are handstitched and have real glass eyes!
Rusty has put his sun hat on in the hope of warmer weather to come!