I finished this bear this morning. I've decided to name him Yasi, since I've been working on him this week and Yasi has been in the headlines all week. Not that he's anything like that terrible cyclone, (he's a sweet faced, gentle little bear) I just liked the name and though it might suit a bear :o)
A sweet faced, gentle little bear.
Rather sweet in "half asleep" pose
And fast asleep :o)
He's actually a variant of Nanou's pattern, with a little more fine tuning. I have given him slightly longer arms which I have set a little further forward on his body. Yasi is made from the other piece of Belgian plush that Melissa gave me, this one has a slightly lighter tip on it and is a blended mix of taupe, beige and grey. I have spent alot of time on trimming his face to get his sweet expression. I have also added open/close eyelids. This is a new thing for me, and one I've been pondering on and off for a number of years until the solution struck the other night when I should really have been asleep! Another little technique to tuck under my belt :o) He also has a full set of leather claws and beautiful sculpted and painted paws to complete him. Have a look at the photos and tell me what you think, I rather like him in "half asleep" pose.
I am a textile artist, I spend my days creating bears for collectors. It gives me the greatest pleasure to see the smiles my bears bring, to collectors, and I love the reactions from children! They are so honest!