I am busily finishing up one of the teddy bears I am making for the online show I am participating in!
It's called "Teddies Worldwide" Christmas Treasures.
Please mark you calander and come and be a part of this exciting Show!
Here is my first go at making a leather hand tooled tote. I am very pleased with the way it turned out.
I call it "Blaue blume" which means "blue flower" in German.
It is made from a thick leather, approximately 1/8 inch thick.
I made the pattern, then cut it out from the leather. I then hand tooled the design.
The flowers aka "blume" are hand painted in a sky blue with periwinkle accents. The bird and butterflies in the back panel are a deep yellow.
I then dyed, antiqued and sealed the tote.
It is all hand laced in a medium brown leather lace.
There is a 21 inch long strap with tooled flowers, that is removable.
The closure is a leather strap. Attached with rivet's on the back and a snap on the front.
The size of this tote is:
11.5 inches tall, 10 inches wide, 3 inches deep.
This tote is ready to go!
I would love to hear your thoughts on my tote bag.
If you have a special request on a design, feel free to ask me.
Here is the front design of the tote bag.
It took me most of the day to do it, but I am fairly pleases with the results ;)
I started on the back of the bag last night. Will try to finish the back design today... fingers crossed.
I have been working on a pattern. This is the major pieces to it.
Cutting into this massive piece of leather was as fearful as when I cut into mohair for the first time. Very afraid that I would mess up and ruin this expensive material.
So I went for it!
I splurged and bought myself some fiscar left handed scissors.
What a waste of money...
First, they were way to long to cut something this thick of leather. Second, I could not get use to the way they cut as for a lefty as I am. For so many years in school and even when I was a hairdresser, I never used left handed scissors. Probably never will again...
So I ended up using a zacto knife with a metal ruler.
It really was easier than with the scissors.
I have hand tooled the front piece of the tote and added color and dye.
We are getting things together for a weekend trip to Fredericksburg TX. Looking forward to getting away. Going shopping, eating jagerschnitzel, drinking spaten, and drinking more spaten... ;oP
Hope you all have a safe, fun weekend!
After giving my arm I had injured in an accident a rest this summer I am so ready to get back into making teddies! My mind is exploding with new ideas. I have been accepted to be a part of an online show this coming November 18-20 called "Teddies Worldwide "Christmas Treasures" Online Bear Show! I had signed up to be in a online show last November, but had to back out. My Dad had passed away. So please check back with me from time to time to see what teddies I have available! Also, be sure to mark the date for the online teddie bear show in November.
While on vacation, my hubby bought me a new tooled leather purse. I love it! So, the crafty person I am, I thought I could do that! Well, we found a Tandy Leather Company and bought a beginners kit. This is my first attempt at leather tooling. It's a coaster. I am fairly pleased with it. But now I have been bitten by the bug and want to do bigger projects. Maybe a clutch, then a purse ;-)
So, off to the internet to see where I can purchase larger pieces of leather!
Sometimes I think about changing my direction of teddy bear making. Not to remove myself from it, but maybe a change of designs and approachability.
Since my accident, I was not able to keep up with the ongoing struggle to have a teddy available on a regular basis. When you can not keep up, your collectors just move on or loose interest. My bears involve much attention to detail. I don't know if I have slipped away from this because of the pain and difficulty that I experience while I am making my bear. I do know that I give it my best effort that I have to make my teddies. And now, when I do have a bear available, it just dose not move like they use to. Or it does not move at all. Who knows, maybe it has a lot to do with the state of the economy right now. But I do know that I see some other artists that are still making sales. Mostly because I believe that they have kept on producing their work and doing all that needs to be done to have a successful business.
With that said, today I have been drawing up a new style/design for a teddy bear. It falls along the line of the plush meets doll design. I plan on adding as much detail as I possibly can muster up! Without the struggle and pain I previously would receive.
I'll try and report back as often as possible on my new way of tackling this situation.
I am looking forward to using my ideas and creating adorable stuffed fuzzy, furry, gifts for you and your friends <3
Just not the same. It was a pretty quite Easter Day here.
The kids were out of town. Don't have my parents to call and tell them Happy Easter to anymore.....
James has been working on a new shower installation in his bathroom. We had a close call Saturday. James was soldering some copper pipes on the bathroom concrete floor. He was trying to adjust the tip of propane torch and it came apart from the stem. Gas fumes began to come out in a large amount and set fire. I heard him yelling. I ran back and all I could see is him on the floor with flames a couple feet high, trying to put out the flames with a wet towel that he had there. I went to get the fire extinguisher. When I got back he had it out. He said when he tried to put the flames out with the towel, it held the gas fumes underneath and just worsened it. He was pretty shaken up. Has a burn with blisters on the top of his hand and thumb. He says it was'nt to bad. But it scared the "bahebajas" out of me!