This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to you, but I LOVE mohair! The feel, the texture, the colors, the styles--oh, the list can go on and on. And this week, besides working a lot on making bears, I have spent literally hundreds of dollars on teddy bear fur.
It all started with needing more joint parts to be able to finish one of the bears I have been working on this week. An order with Intercal was absolutely called for--I was sorely low on and completely out of some jointing disks, lock nuts, bolts, and glass eyes. Well, since I was placing an order already, I thought I might as well order some mohair, too. So, several bags of parts, four small pieces of mohair, and a little bit of this and that, my order was large enough to qualify for one whole YARD of FREE mohair! (Intercal always has special web-coupons, but I just happened to order when it was particularly EXTRA special.)
Then I received Alison's weekly mailing list member's notification of sale items at Teddy Bear Mohair and EVERYTHING was 25% off. Obviously it was time to place an order there, too! For those of you who may not be familiar with Alison's mohair, it is all wonderful vintage mohair (new old stock) that is denser and finer than most mohairs sold today. Although the colors are limited, everything she carries is absolutely BEAUTIFUL stuff that I just can't keep my hands off of.
Well, I thought that must be the end of my buying spree. How wrong, how wrong! Wendy of Whendi's Bears announced that she was selling a bunch of beautiful mohair on eBay. I didn't win any of hers, but while I was on eBay I found another person who was selling a bit over a half of a yard of some lovely Schulte mohair--dense, wavy, and golden. I couldn't believe it when I won it for $40! WOW!
Okay, I could breathe a sigh of relief--NOW my mohair spree was over! Well, yes and no. Yes, I did not buy any more mohair. But, no, my teddy bear fur spending spree was not quite over. Paula of All Bear announced on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters that Prefurs was selling all of their Tissaval furs for 35-50% off. I've never worked with faux fur because I haven't been sure that my dear little machine, Annie-Mae, could handle synthetics. However, Prefurs "furs" are made with a woven cotton backing (just like mohair) and I was told that their "furs" are the best faux around. How could I pass up this opportunity I ask you? Their sale made it all much more affordable to try, so try it I shall. I ordered two types--a golden rabbit "fur" and a light honey sable "fur." I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on them--they are supposed to be incredibly soft.
So, that's my story. Fortunately, I haven't seen any more sales and I won't need any more teddy bear fur for quite some time.
Taking a deep relaxing breath,