For the Studio Shots - Tuesday this week, I am showing some of my bear collection that lives on a shelf of my computer desk.
Here is my computer desk with the teddys on the top shelf. At the top of the shelf unit, I have five bears, an elephant, and a dog. The two animals on the right are a bear and a dog I made as samples for classes I taught. The others are artist bears and an artist elephant from my small bear collection. I bought them at bear shows before my now teenage daughter was born.
Here they are from left to right:
This is a mohair elephant by Steve Van Houten. He has hand painted details and feels wonderful to hold.
The second bear is "Artic Bear", a mohair bear by Clare and Matt Herz. I love his pointy snout.
The smallest bear is hand-dyed llama by Grandma Lynn (Lynn Lumly). She has clay flowers on her chest, hat, and purse. She also has an embroidered rose on one foot.
The white polar bear is Clara, a limited edition by Linda Spiegel-Lohre of Bearly There Company. She is wearing a ruffled felt collar.
Irma is an "old-fashioned type humpback bear" by Louise of Bear Witness. She is made from an old coat lining and has shoe button eyes.
The last two critters are the ones I made as class samples. The crocheted bear was made as a sample for the Creative Crochet class I taught at our homeschool co-op. In the class, the girls learned how to do basic and fancy stitches, do shaping, and create three-dimensional shapes. Suzy has a blue dress that is incorporated into her body. The top of the dress is part of her actual body, and the skirt and sleeves are crocheted to come away from the body.
Riina is a sock-dog that was made as a sample for the Renegade Sewing class that I also taught at our homeschool co-op. She was based on a design from a Japanese Craft book about sewing animals from gloves and socks. You can read more about her here.