Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Stuffed Menagerie

BuschN animals01webNancy Busch wanted something a little different from her mink fur coats.  She wanted a Monkey, a Pony and a Dog–so that is what we made!

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.

BuschN monkey01webThis 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.

 

BuschN pony01webThis 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

 

BuschN dog01webFor 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 :)

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Jennifer Francisco asked us to use her wedding dress remnants to make a custom Tree Topper Angel. The lovely lace and satin made a beautiful angel. She is about 11" or so tall. i really like making the angels. It is hard to find a consistent supplier of porcelain heads though so the heads can vary quite a bit. I like this particular one even though her head is tilted. ... See MoreSee Less

Jennifer Francisco asked us to use her wedding dress remnants to make a custom Tree Topper Angel.  The lovely lace and satin made a beautiful angel.  She is about 11 or so tall.  i really like making the angels. It is hard to find a consistent supplier of porcelain heads though so the heads can vary quite a bit. I like this particular one even though her head is tilted.

Susan Bertsch sent one of her late husband's shirts along with a tie and a piece of lace and buttons from her wedding dress to have us make a memory bear to hug. We made a larger, non-jointed bear and tried to keep him plenty hug-able. ... See MoreSee Less

Susan Bertsch sent one of her late husbands shirts along with a tie and a piece of lace and buttons from her wedding dress to have us make a memory bear to hug.  We made a larger, non-jointed bear and tried to keep him plenty hug-able.

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Jennifer Franisco sent her wedding dress to have a baptism gown, romper combo for her future grandchildren to wear. Jennifer's dress had some lovely cut-out lace and satin with bead work. We tried to capture much of those elements in the gown with puffed sleeves and some of the beaded lace hanging over the waist. Capturing the original hem was a bit of a challenge, but worth it. For the romper, we did use some of the lace as applique on the faux vest. We also made a matching bonnet for the gown and cap for the romper and a bib.
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Jennifer Franisco sent her wedding dress to have a baptism gown, romper combo for her future grandchildren to wear.  Jennifers dress had some lovely cut-out lace and satin with bead work.  We tried to capture much of those elements in the gown with puffed sleeves and some of the beaded lace hanging over the waist.  Capturing the original hem was a bit of a challenge, but worth  it.  For the romper, we did use some of the lace as applique on the faux vest.  We also made a matching bonnet for the gown and cap for the romper and a bib.

Delores Capacchione sent us a small piece of fabric and lace from her wedding dress to have a special rose made from it. I fused the lace to the fabric to get the beauty and texture of the lace into the rose petals. ... See MoreSee Less

Delores Capacchione sent us a small piece of fabric and lace from her wedding dress to have a special rose made from it.  I fused the lace to the fabric to get the beauty and texture of the lace into the rose petals.