Pussman & Co. Sweet Teddy Giveaway

Danielle of Pussman & Co., Pussman Stuffies is giving away the sweetest hand-dyed teddy to celebrate her three-year blogging anniversary.  There are two more days to join - until March 23!

You can join the giveaway here:

http://pussman.blogspot.com/2010/02/3-year-blog-giveaway.html

Please check out her wonderful blogs and other sweet teddies, too. :)  Pussman & Co, and PussmanStuffies.

Luscious, Luscious Mohair

mohair on shelf

Mohair -- I love the stuff!  It's the fleece from Angora goats, sheared like sheep's wool.  In another life, it was my favorite fiber for spinning, my favorite hair for dolls, and now I use mohair fabric for my bears and critters.  It is soft, fluffy, stiff, matted, long, short, curly, straight, dense, sparse.  Like most bear artists, I have a stash of it. (A big stash)  I have found that it's not the easiest thing to store, as the fabric is wide, takes on creases where it is folded, and has a pile that I don't want to crush.  My mohair is stored on a shelf in my studio closet, each piece rolled (nap outward) into a tube.

mohair spread out on floor

When I go to select a piece of mohair for a project, I usually have an image in my mind of what I want to make and have sketched a drawing for reference.  I go into my studio closet and start pulling out pieces I think might work well for the design.  Soon the floor is covered in various shades of mohair.  Then I take 3 to 4 pieces to my work table where I play with and manipulate them into semblences of  three- dimensional shapes.  I want to see how they react to being curved and bent, how the pile moves and changes, and if the base fabric is visible when the fabric is curved, do I like the effect.   I pick one, but the others may be tucked into the back of my mind as possibilities for future projects.

mohair with sketch

You can read more about mohair here and here.

Hello and Welcome:

studio window

Monday -- The sun is streaming into my studio this morning from the little semicurcular window high on the wall of my studio.  We've had snow on the ground since November.  A sunny day will be so nice.

snowy front yard

I’ve been working on an eBay template through robshelp.com, a great site with tutorials, pre-designed templates, and lots of help with customizing your own eBay templates.   Between robshelp, an online course on “Web Design for Artists” at EbearZ University, and a few very helpful books Learning Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics by Jennifer Niederst Robbins and The Principles of Beautiful Web Design by Jason Beaird, the way internet pages and web graphics work is slowly starting to make some sense to me.

Jennifer Robbins' book takes you step-by-step through making a very simple web page and gradually introduces new concepts.  There are exercises in each chapter, so it really feels like a class.  So far, it is going at an easy enough pace that it is making sense even to me.  Jason's Beaird's book covers all aspects of web design including layout, color, images and text.

Sylviee and Dolly artist bear with companion

Sylvie and Dolly are now listed on eBay.  She is a whimsical little mohair bear who comes with Dolly, a needfelted companion.    She is 7 1/2" tall and has a silk dress and silk embroidered undies.  I really enjoyed working on all the details -- the hand-shading, embroidery, silk ribbon flower, etc.  You can visit her listing here.