Can anyone please give some help as to how i would start to make my own patterns also i should think you would cut out on old fabric first can anyone please start me off in the right direction thanks Paula
Some great patterns there Karen, thanks for sharing.
Paula - there are lots of good books out there and Ebearz does a fantastic course. Otherwise you can start by making some small changes to someone elses pattern (try one of the above) - just to see how a pattern goes together. There is alot of advice in our library section (above with the waving smiley). I have just finished making a bear out of a pattern which is 100% mine, before that I played with commercial patterns and patterns from magazine like Australian Bear Creations. I used faux fur to start out and a few scraps of mohair I either won on ebay or was kindly given. You can always make up a draft pattern in polycotton (called a wet cat on Ebearz) which gives you a good idea on how your bear (or animal) will look and allow you to make changes without the waste of using precious mohair. Hope this helps.
I would like to find that book also. Thanks
Wow I had no idea there were so many places that taught how to design them ~ thanks for mentioning them I'm going to look into them as I love to learn anything new. I have been designing my patterns since I started making bears ~ my first bear was another artist's pattern and from there I designed my own, I just took a stab at it and surprisingly it worked out well and of course they've gotten better as I've gone on and learnt from mistakes. I'm a self-taught artist mostly and wish I had have had internet when I started as I wouldn't have had to ruin some very good mohair and mink in the process.... But thankfully all my patterns and bears have come a long way LOL
Thanks for mentioning those books!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this - I am really going to enjoy making my teddy.