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Well done doing that from a jelly roll.  I usually find some fabrics that stand out like a sore thumb.  Those are lovely colours.  Lone Star has been on my to do list for ages, I might get round to it one day.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: August 12, 2022, 10:43:18 AM »
Yes.  My teddy is 1950s vintage and doesn't have long arms but I have seen older bears in museums which do.
I've just had a google and found that after the war, because of shortages of materials, bears were made with flatter faces and muzzles and shorter limbs.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: August 12, 2022, 09:12:45 AM »
Well done, I knew you could do it.  I know just how challenging every stitch was!  She looks very sweet, actually not green at all on my screen. 
Has it given you an urge to do another, bigger one?

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Access All Accessories / Re: TSP's 2022 Bag Sew Along
« on: August 04, 2022, 09:56:46 AM »
Fabulous Jessie and no one but you will notice the little errors.  It looks very complex to make - I'd like to see them do that in 2 hours on the Sewing Bee.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Grey needlecord trousers
« on: August 03, 2022, 14:46:20 PM »
I always like to choose a nice fabric for the pocket bags and waistband facing even though no one else can see it  :)

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A Good Yarn / Re: Nordic knitting
« on: August 01, 2022, 11:39:02 AM »
I learnt a trick to conteract the stretchiness in certain places such as necklines and front bands.  That is to crochet a chain round the line, picking up one stitch of knitting with each crochet stitch.  I've used it on conventional knitting too to stabilise a band that wants to curl or go wavy or on shoulder seams that have a  lot of weight hanging from them.

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A Good Yarn / Re: Nordic knitting
« on: August 01, 2022, 11:24:07 AM »
I presume you are looking to do a sweater with a circular, patterned yoke.. If so then top down is perfect and you end up with no sewing up just a few ends to sew in.  I'm a huge fan of seamless knitting.
Have a look at Drops Design.  All their patterns are free and whilst there is some rather weird stuff they do have a huge number of patterned yoke, top down patterns.  When you download choose the English (UK) version.

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The Haberdashery / Re: Sharpening small embroidery/snipping scissors
« on: July 29, 2022, 07:09:14 AM »
I'm afraid my solution would be to downgrade them and buy  new pair.  Its possible the blades have become a tiny bit loose.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 26, 2022, 20:19:53 PM »
I can't put the eyes, nose and mouth on until the end.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 26, 2022, 06:40:36 AM »
All hand sewn @sewminds   A 2mm seam on shifty fabric would have been a nightmare with a machine.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 25, 2022, 20:54:43 PM »
@Flobear I just used the beads but i coloured the thread black where it went through the bead and they looked better.
They probably are bigger than 1mm but they certainly aren't 2mm.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 25, 2022, 19:39:38 PM »
I couldn't get a needle through the beads - one pung off onto the floor and I found it!
I ended up picking each one up in a haemostat, locating the hole with the assistance of an LED head torch and magnifying glass and threading a piece of linen thread through (fine but stiffish and strong).  I had the bead captive then and threaded the 2 thread ends in a needle which I put through to the base of the head and knotted them.

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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 25, 2022, 15:01:25 PM »
Feast your eyes boys - this is the first and definitely the last miniature bear that you will see come out of my sewing room!
It was, apart from DH's jacket, the most challenging thing I have sewn simply because of its size.   He's 3 1/2" tall when standing.  I know he's got a crooked nose and mouth but I love him to bits.  I didn't use the red, felt jacket because I thought the felt was too thick and stiff.  I will find something better for his neck, it is just a piece of organza ribbon that I had. It has actually made me want to make another bear but a more sensible size.
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Dolls and Toys / Re: TSP's 2022 Bear Sewalong
« on: July 21, 2022, 11:27:41 AM »
Am I mad or what?

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These are the ears I have just finished for the miniature teddy!
You would have thought that, having grown up with @Flobear , I would have learnt not to go along with any of her crazy schemes, but no, I haven't.

I have sewn together all of the body parts, thankyou @Celia for the whipstitch + backstitch advice, it helped enormously.  I think I will have a breather (of several months) before attempting the joints and stuffing.

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Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello!
« on: July 20, 2022, 07:16:41 AM »
Hello and welcome.  We're always happy to help and tempt you  :)

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