People often ask about the patterns I use and, with my bears, it is complicated because the patterns are an amalgamation of several patterns that I combined and then, those patterns have morphed over the past 16 years as I adapted them to work with every kind of material thrown my way However, I don’t get to do different animals that often in an average year so I usually use an existing pattern.
This was the first time I’ve used this monkey pattern. I normally like to use the monkey pattern from the book Adventures in Toy-Making by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith (published in 1976). It is a fun pattern and I like the look. However, there was a pattern in another book I have Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals by Donna Childers (published in 1978) that has had me intrigued for some time so I decided to give it a try. It is a more difficult pattern, but I do like that the features are more defined. The face, ears, foot and hand pads are made of doe suede. It had the right texture to go with this fur.
This pony pattern is also found in Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals. It is my favorite for thicker fabrics or fur usually. There is another really good pony pattern in the book Easy-to-Make Stuffed Animals & All the Trimmings by Jodie Davis (published in 1992) but the legs are somewhat thin so they don’t work as well with thick fur or fabrics. For this pony, I chose to add some of my own contrast black mink on the hooves and found some died black fox for the main and tail. To help him stand, I did sink small dowel rods wrapped in poly fiber fill into each of his legs
For the dog, I have a lot of different dog patterns to choose from–including a variety of breeds–however, I keep coming back to McCall’s Crafts Pattern #M6620. I’ve used this pattern many times and really like it for a basic dog even though it has a couple of different breeds represented. It isn’t a particularly easy pattern, but the finished dog usually actually looks like a dog
Dawn sent several fur coats and stoles that belonged to her late mother to have a variety of animals made in her memory. We ended up with five bears, two bunnies, a killer whale and two ponies. The bears and bunnies were made of mink and seal, the whale was made of seal and mink, the ponies were made of mouton, seal and mink.
You can see the bears on my bear page or in my bear gallery.
Hi Liane. Received the bears today. They are wonderful. My daughter loves her pony and came just in time for her 8th grade moving up! I will definitely recommend you to everyone I see. Thanks again
Deborah had received one of my creations from her sister. She had a rabbit fur coat and decided to send it to me to have two ponies made for her own children. We decided to augment the rabbit fur with some contrasting seal fur for the hooves and coyote fur for the mane and tails.
Oh my goodness!! They are perfect!!! … Thanks so much!!!! Great Christmas present for my 8 year old… and I will save the other for my newest daughter due Dec 28th. Just awesome! Thank you!! : ) Deb
OMG! The pony is fabulous. How Liane and Olga can envision this is amazing to me. My children and I were all in tears. Bev Gutmann