I have a pattern for a 10” bear. I’m struggling to choose which mohair I’d like. Firstly, I’m not sure what length pile I should use. I’ve been looking at 12 - 15mm?
Secondly, I’m in the UK and finding it difficult to find suppliers. I was hoping to make a two tone bear, white/cream head and body and then a bold colour for limbs. I just can’t seem to find matching types of mohair for the colours and pile I want.
Is there somewhere I can find a list of suppliers?
Are there parameters in pile length depending on the size of the bear?
Hi & welcome :-)
There are 3 main suppliers in the UK;
Bear Basics https://www.bearbasics.co.uk/ Sue is very helpful and she holds the only official UK licence to buy Schulte fur fabrics from the mill in Germany (Schulte is very high quality & what Steiff uses). This is where I get all my supplies as the quality is amazing which always makes a difference to your finished bear. Sue is really good at giving advice on what furs are suitable for projects and what go well together etc.
Christie Bear is another UK supplier https://www.christiebears.com/ I have never used them personally; they stock Helmbold furs which are also good quality (2nd best to Schulte).
Mohair Bear making supplies https://www.mohairbearmakingsupplies.co.uk/ I have used this supplier when I first started out for 1 or 2 things. His prices are generally lower but I personally don't think the quality is as good.
It all depends on what you want but I hope that helps.