This week our cards are headed off the Florida, to MaryLou. Lover of Teddy bears, purple and blue. I think I did fine in all areas, though you could say I went more towards the periwinkle (my all time favorite) side of those colors.
This sweet little bear chose to dress only in a fine ribbon and bow. I was thinking of the DGS's book "Bear in Underwear", but a bear in just skivvies wasn't really what this challenge was all about. I even found a great digi of a bear in underwear, but he was mad, so that didn't work.
This little sweetie fits the bill nicely for MaryLou. It took 4 hours to embroider this bear, my thumb and first finger tips are sore. I used a 140lb watercolor paper for the base. Should have pierced my holes with the bigger tool.
I threaded the ribbon through the Resplendant Rectangle and made the mulberry flowers with the center of the aster dies, and the smaller 2 of the poinsettia dies. There's 4 layers for each size of the poinsettia. Add in some olive branch leaves and you have completion.
I had thoughts of using chalks to fill in the color, but after 4 hours of work, I didn't want to muck it up!
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012 GMT Views: 1045
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Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:54 PM
I am in AWE of your beautiful needlework. The simplicity of your darling bear is so charming... I am with you... if I did that and tried to chalk it I would probably ruin it and the 4 hours of work would be for naught! This is a keepsake for sure... AMAZING!!!!
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Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:46 AM
Ah - as soon as I saw the first hint of stitching, even before I scrolled down the page I knew this was yours. 140lb paper - even just the piercing would be a lot of work before the stitching. I do love the heavier papers, but I know they're correspondingly harder to work with. I stocked up on some nice lightweight 90lb when we were in Paris, as it's quite hard to find here! She is one sweet doll of a bear - well done you!
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Thu, Nov 15, 2012 @ 2:06 AM
Jennifer...you are one of a kind! This is so cool...I love how you combine cardmaking with sewing...paper with thread....images with happiness! This is a wonderful thing and what a big heart you have to put 4 hours of love into this! It is the most precious thing....gotta love the ribbon weaving as well! Whoo hoo