Friday, March 14, 2014

Vote for the Next Bingle Bear Pattern!

I've been itching to make some patterns for you.  My kind of math boils down to  "teddy bear = happiness.I want to bring those feel-good feelings directly to you so that you spread the love by making sweet teddy bears for your kids, grandkids, or just for yourself. 

My goal is to eventually offer you a whole range of patterns starting with easy-peasey patterns for you beginning "craft-sters" and going all the way to patterns with tricky, advanced techniques for you experienced, brave ones. I also understand that my artist bears are quite expensive and difficult to afford for many people.  Releasing patterns is my way of making my bears more accessible and available to all of you. 

But here comes the problem!  Which bear to start with?  I just can't decide so I'm leaving it up to you!  You, my dear readers, are going to vote in the sidebar and decide which bear will become the next Bingle Bear pattern. 

Now, I'm not wanting to give you patterns that are "from the vault"--those ones gathering dust at the bottom of my closet.  Nope!  I want you to have up-to-date patterns -- patterns I would use now.  Patterns with all the tips and tricks that I currently use to make darling and sweet bears.

On to the contenders! 
Note, all of these bear patterns will include instructions on how to make my signature needle-felted eyelids. 

Contender Number 1Edie and Tuppy (below) are 8" bears made from the same pattern and will include both of their outfits.


Contender Number 2:Thaddeus and Isadora, (below) both from the same pattern, are bigger bears at 15 1/2" .  They are also both international award winners--Thaddeus won the 2012 Excellence in Bear Artistry Award and Isadora won the 2013 Excellence in Bear Artistry Award.  I will include instructions for the overalls and overall dress.
 

Contender Number 3Thirteen-inch Benny and Bennett (below; also made from the same pattern--do you see a theme here?) will have instructions for both paw pad techniques--needle felted and trapunto applique.
 


Contender Number 4: 13 1/2-inch Aiden (below) is a dear, simple bear that may just tug on your heartstrings with his wide open eyes.  The pattern would also include directions about how to paint his blue eyes.
 

Contender Number 5: And last but not least, 14-inch Xavier (below) with his trapunto applique paw pads and accent fur colors on his muzzle and ears.
 

It’s very common in the artist teddy bear world to keep a tight hold on one’s own patterns so that people don’t copy one’s work.  With the growth of the internet, it’s become a really big problem for artists with others stealing their photos, patterns, and ideas.  I can so understand why many artists chose to keep their secrets under cover.  But I’ve come to realize that it’s more important to me that I share my knowledge so that you can learn and grow and develop as a crafter or an artist yourself.  I trust you! 

Now it's up to you!  Check out the sidebar and you'll see a voting poll right on the top that will be open until April 15th. 

Take good care of yourself!
(((Hugs))),
Cheryl

19 comments:

  1. Pick just one? Oh, now that isn't fair, not with your little creations. They are ALL award winning little boys and girls.

    Happy Weekend.
    Hugs

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    1. LOL! Perhaps I should change it so that people can choose multiple ones.

      Hugs,
      Cheryl

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  2. Hola Cheryl
    Me encanta la parejita nº 2
    besitos

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  3. bravo pour votre ouverture d'esprit ! et votre créativité !!! My message is in french, the language I manage the best for congratulations !!

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  4. Aiden is my all time fave! He has been my fave from day one and I would love to see him made into a pattern that I could make... I'd like a pal for my Bingle Bear! Big Hugs Michele Seraphim

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    1. Don't worry, Michele! I plan to make all of these bears into patterns eventually! So someday you'll be able to make your own "Aiden".

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  5. All the bears are so adorable, it's difficult to choose! I'd go for one in a manageable size for beginners. :)

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  6. Voted for Benny. Simply love the trapunto paws. I was wondering if you had a photo of all your darlings sitting side by side. I think this would give everyone a better feel for the scale.

    *Hugs*
    Laine

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    1. Oh, Laine! How I wish I had a photo with all my bears in it! But since I can only work quite slowly, one bear is generally sold and gone before I start working on the next. Oh, well! I guess that's just the way of it!

      Hugs,
      Cheryl

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  7. Xavier gets my vote but it wasn't easy

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