This is Butterscotch. He is a modeled after a Kermode "Spirit" bear and is the first realistic bear I have made. He is quite large sitting more than 21 inches and standing more than 30 inches tall. His body is made from cream/white faux fur while his face, feet and paw pads are needle felted. His nose and feet pads are sealed and hand shaded and painted. He has German black glass eyes, hand-made leather claws and 6 joints with a double neck joint. I built this pattern from scratch and have some minor shape changes that I want to make but am very happy with how he turned out for the most part. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I know most of you have much more experience at bear making than I do, especially when it comes to original patterns.
Awwwwwwrrrr! I am knocked over by the cuteness <3
Hoe do you attach the face to the head of it's needle felted? May be a dumb question (sorry!)
Thank you so much!! There are never dumb questions :)
I am not sure if other needle felters do it this way, but this is how I do it: I trim the fur almost down to the backing in the center of the face and then needle felt right into the material. The wool will adhere and felt with the wool and stuffing on the inside of the head, hands and feet.