In the process of making a bear, what is the best/worst part for you? I really don't like the cutting out part as it takes so long because you have to be so careful not to cut the fabric. Surprisingly my favourite part is the pinning and overcast stitching. I love sitting there watching a movie or something good on TV and putting it together ready to sew. I find it really relaxes me. In saying that you would think I would love to hand stitch my bears but for some reason I'm not overly fond of that either, takes too long to get to the finish. Just curious and thought it might be a good topic of conversation.
My favourite part is designing a new model. I love the challenge of finding new solutions, devising shapes, giving a three dimensional form to an idea that is in my head. I also love the painting and shading of the eye-face details as it is then that the critter finally gains a personality.
What I don't particularly like is that moment in the middle of a project when you think it is not coming right. I often go through this phase during a project. That is when I know I need to put it down for a little bit and think about something else! :(
...and maybe eat some chocolate...
Francy I am so with you! I get all fired up and super excited cutting the pattern then usually about 1/2 way through the making of the actual bear have a crisis of confidence! My favourite bit is ladder stitching the limbs up as that for me is when they start to come to life. The most horrible bit is when a needle felting needle snaps off and you have to take every thing apart and start again to find the tip agghhhh!
Still new to this hobby. So far all my bears have been hand stitched which I quite like and find relaxing especially after a hard days work. I find ears are my nemesis. Stitching them on and not being able to see or judge where the stitches are, and trying to get the ears equal. They are areal nightmare for me.