To answer the question about his color, he is a tan and red. He is hand dyed with a combination of peach tree bark and a tiny bit of rit dye for the tan, and dandelion plant and a tiny bit of dye for the red. I really love to play with different dyes and see what I get. I do enjoy using the natural plant dyes and hope to expand on it later.
Thank you all so much.
Shelli, oh Shelli, you would have to ask a "technical" question. The answer is, I really don't know. I must confess, all of my work is freehand. I just take a piece of paper and have at it. I don't even make a version of the bear out of cheap material like I've read about. I just take what I get. The best way I can describe the angle is to look at the curve on the bottom of the "t". That's probably real close. This probably makes no sense at all. I'm sorry that I couldn't be more help.
It makes perfect sense, and might explain why my paws don't end up curving up as much as I'd like. When I design a curvy-paw arm, I mean. I tend to make the curve really slight, and it ends up looking... like it was supposed to be straight, but got messed up instead! I'll try to make the curve a little steeper next time; thanks!
I'm with you, by the way; I take some paper, have at it, cut from mohair, and pray. Luckily, when you've made a certain number of bears, it usually works out. But there are times... !!! :D