Sunday, 2 October 2016

Lucky Bear

This is a bit of a combination of things so, don't groan, but bear with me...

Do you like bears?  I do.  Real ones at a long distance, soft ones at quite close quarters!

Having declared this the year of the needle I have completed only two of the tapestry/cross stitch kits that I had planned to make, but I have done lots of other stitching this year in many different ways.

Combining bears and stitching seemed like a great combination!

Time to dig out another of the Mollie Makes kits that I had tucked away.  This bear was designed by a Canadian Company called kirikipress.com, I have no connection with them, but I did go and look at their website and they have some other lovely things.


So rather than make a little toy bear, I made a pretty picture to add to my collection of hoop art.  This little bear was a delight to make.  There was an interesting variety of stitches, the blank design is printed onto the canvas fabric making it very easy to follow and work up.  I now have another lovely picture another kit made up and another stitching project completed!

This bear is very lucky indeed because I made him up and because he gets to be something a bit more unusual than just another stuffed toy!


Do you make up any of the kits that you get on magazines or do they just sit and languish?  Do you make them as the instructions tell you to or do you go off piste and do you own thing?

Amy

This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.

27 comments:

  1. I love the idea of making this as hoop art instead of a soft toy! It makes a very cute picture to hang!

    I'm not much of a magazine reader, but I do have a couple of kits languishing around from previous mag purchases. I often find that I'm not really that interested in them - and I feel I could be spending my time working on something that I'm more excited about, rather than making a kit because I feel I should - if that makes any sense. I do tend to have a feeling of guilt that I should be making them, so I really like your idea of using them in different ways to make something which appeals to you more!

    Thanks for the inspiration! x

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  2. That's so pretty. I don't tend to buy magazines as there's so much on the internet but I think I have some keyrings somewhere from a moment of magazine madness! Hope all is going well. x

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  3. Very pretty, I love bears too. I have a box that I put magazine freebies into and then reassign the fabrics/yarn to other projects if I don't want to make it up. I am not one for waste, so works for me.

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  4. Oh that is so sweet! Love your little bear. You've inspired me x

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  5. I love bears and yours (I don't buy craft mags as, unlike you, I'm useless with needles and hooks) is very pretty. If you fancy seeing more bears, there are a few on the blog.

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  6. Your bear is very, very cute. All my Mollie Makes kits are languishing somewhere at the moment. I was looking at freebie cross-stitch patterns yesterday. Bought some aida. And soon I shall start to stitch. :)

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  7. I'm extremely fond of bears and yours is a real cutey.

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  8. He's cute! I seldom buy kits and, when I do, I am afraid that they sit around.

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  9. Ahem I have a couple of bags full of free magazine kits. I might have the bear one too, I hope so as he looks very cute. Thanks for your comment Amy, you lovely sweet person x

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  10. What a cutie. I like to work from kits but find magazine kits can be a bit rubbishy, this bear is a good one though. I made a kit from mollie makes a while ago of a cat softie by shelly down which I thoroughly enjoyed making and sits above my telly.

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  11. I prefer your treatment of the kit Amy, love the folk art look he has.

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  12. What a clever gal you are! You have such great kits that come with magazines in England, you are so lucky!

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  13. HE is adorable Amy, well done.
    Meredith

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  14. I think that's fabulous and your stitching is beautiful, I'm in awe of anyone who can use a needle in this way. I think it depends what the kit is as to whether I make it up or not, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't but I rarely go off piste and make something different to what's suggested, I'm not really creative enough for that but your last few makes have shown just how successful it can be to go your own way sometimes.

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  15. That is a super little project. I blog all my stuff in the wrong order, I just write loads of them and publish them when the post fits my mood - there I let the cat/bear out of the bag! Jo x

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  16. He is so cute and much nicer as a hoop picture, where he can be admired.

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  17. So adorable!!!!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  18. It's very cute! I haven't embroidered in many years, so you are an inspiration!

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  19. How cute he's lovely Amy. I only have one kit that was donated to me it's a polar bear kit, it looks really cute on the picture but I never seem to have the time to make it. :) xx

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  20. Really cute! Never seen a real bear in the wild but there are some here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hubby swears he saw one when we were out one time....

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  21. What a sweet little face he has.
    Lisa x

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