Saturday, March 15th 2014.
My bears-house! Please scroll down to follow this project!
A new experiment! I really like to make a bears-house or, if you like, a dolls-house. Inspired by pictures in the magazine DollsHouseNederland.
It took me a few months to think about this. Never made something like that before. What am I going to use? How much money will I spend?
Low Budget! Best thing to do for me just incase everything goes wrong. Until now I spent 7 euro.
Maybe I better start with a little closet filled with mini-bears! If I like it and succeed I can start with a "real" house!
I bought a little closet in the colour white and brown. It has little hearts on it. Also I found some adhesive decorations and a mix of cheerful papers. Don't know it so it is completely new to me.
|These are adhesive strips. Each strip has 2 layers of plastic and the decoration is between them.|
|You must cut out a pattern and leave some plastic around it.|
|You remove the bottom layer from plastic and place the decoration where you want it. There is glue on that side!|
|Now you must firmly press a stick on the pattern to glue it to the closet (or whatever).|
|Very carefully remove the plastic layer on top and check if the pattern stays on the closet. If not, go on pressing it.|
|Because I use white on white I have used some pastel-chalk to make the decoration more visible. No idea if this is going to work! If not I've learned something again! I want to spray lac on it tomorrow by daylight. Outside!|
|I glued the lovely paper I bought (it's called Spring! how nice!) into the drawers, piece by piece and used a children/safe glue. It took quite a time to do this.|
|This is what it looks like now.|
|and one more picture..|
I don't want to hurry but work relaxed on both projects! Making these things must be fun!
Please come back but give me some time! I try to up-load news every week!
Thanks for your visit!
|here you can see the top; it shows subtile decorations and that's what I tried to reach. So far so good again!|
|his room has a carpet now from white woolfelt|
|and he has a mattress! made from a piece of fabric and stuffed with polyester. Some lace added for decoration|
|and a little pillow made from felt and stuffed with polyester|
|this is what it looks like now; there has been lace added in the edges and Kareltje made a painting from a car! He used a wooden disc with some paper and everything has been glued to the wall|
|is it comfortable Kareltje? yep!|
|Kareltje seems to like it!|
|Friends! BabaCool made by Annabel.....and Kareltje together, how cute!|
|Kareltje reading his book.....he can use the blanket as a pillow too|
|Aha..!!!! he made a drawing of me!!!! well..well!|
|it is late already and Kareltje must go to sleep now!|
Little girl is finished....and it was quite a struggle to close everything! I thread-jointed the limbs with floss-thread. Did a bit of shading too. Added glass-beads in her tummy, one by one.....
Her ears are made from felt and I added 2 layers of fray-check to make them stronger. I did some scissor-sculpting.
|she is dancing in front of the transistor radio.....|
Next thing I want to make is a mattress-blanket-pillow-in-one. Looking forward to it!
Little girl is appr. 6,5 cm / 2,6 inches and she can stand alone!
I'm still working "low-budget"! The lace was packaging-material and the paper flowers were a present from my Danish friend (we send each-other "things" many times, saying: "I'm not going to use this, can you use it?" or something like "I'm out of disc's......" "I have enough, I shall send to you!"
More to come!
I have 1 more pink drawer and 2 more blue ones......and must design a new person again. I will be back next week!
Last weekend we visited the DollsHouseNederland show and it was so nice and such a surprise! Found the bearshouse for the lottery and was allowed to take a picture! My friends' and my little bear are in there...somewhere! Sorry for the bad quality of the picture, the house is behind glass and I'm not a good photographer at all....
Never have been to such a show before so I didn't know what to expect. There were a lot of tiny things there! Things for shops, furniture, clothes, SHOES ( love shoes!), thing for the kitchen, the grocery, from the supermarket......paintings.....and so much more to see.
Within 5 minutes I "lost" my husband and found him back.....so much later. He was enjoying the visit too!
It is hard to walk there and see all the lovely "stuff" knowing you want it all.....but you won't buy it. However, I did buy some furniture:
Talking about my current project: didn't do a thing but I will start again tomorrow!
If you like to find out what I'm going to make.....please come back!
Have a lovely day! Pink
|I used the same pattern as for Babette, the little pink girl. Made some changes: more pointed nose and a dart for volume.|
|all stitched and stuffed, disc added, seem stitched|
|here is mouse! no ears yet but I already love it! I used embroidery thread for the whiskers and added some fray-checkto keep them this way|
|I started needle-felting with Peru-wool and tried to make a colourful nest for a colorful mouse|
|I needle-felted it "together" in a kind of circle and glued it into the room|
|4 cm.....1 1/2 inches|
|whiskers are shorter and wilder now (somehow I think mousy is wild!); the limbs are thread-jointed and I did some shading...|
|in his nest...under his home-made blanket|
|with his home-made collar....|
|making himself at home....|
|just climbing back into his home....|
|I used a left-over piece of a long-pile lilac mohair|
|I think it is very important to make the darts precisly opposite|
|already looks like a little bear! this always makes me happy! I used a very basic pattern with a center-seam|
|the knot of the eye on the bottom of the head; I always try to pull the thread into the head|
|the thread has been pulled into the head and the result is neat|
|the disc has been added|
|Hello little bear!!!|
|I love the shape of the head!|
|don't run away little bear!!! ahh...2 tiny legs!|
|a little late but here is the pic of the stitched body.....|
Done! Hurray! and we call her: Bella!
here are some pic's!
|everything has been stitched and the openings have been closed a bit|
|the leggs have been attached and she has a little red tongue|
|I thread-joint this way|
|she is tiny.....|
|the room......the cube-shaped beads have been woaven (by me)|
|Bella admires her room|
|I think she likes it!|
|yes, she loves flowers!!!!|
It really was so much fun again making a little bear and her room! Now, 1 more to do.....!
Thank you for your visit and I'll be back soon!
Finally, the last room! It took some time before I started with this one. Made a few rabbits in between, bigger : )))
Now, I'm not sure if I will leave this room the colour it is. Maybe I should because of the other rooms....so, the best thing to do was start with a new mini-bear and see if it likes the room!
It came to my mind to make a carriage of the room, make a little horse and a bear but in the end I decided not to do so because where could I leave the wheels? Bet I'll make a seperate one, once!
For this bear I used the Bella-pattern which you can find on my page free patterns. I love that pattern.
Talking about low-budget: this fabric was 1 euro, (sale!), from a great supplier. If I count right you can make about 4 or 5 bears from this fabric in this size...WOW! THAT'S low budget but still top-quality!
The colour is soft pink but the pic's don't show it very well. In the end I shall add (try to) the right colour....asking the photographers in our home to help me with their camera's and knowledge (mine is 0,0 if it comes to photographing!)
|2 tiny legs!!! yes!!! disc-joints! thought I had to try this! maybe the cotterpins are a bit too big but I can make them shorter? I'll see!|
|head, as you can see the dart has been stitched backwards|
|I'm always very surprised to see how it looks like when stuffed!|
|1 arm ready! here the colour is almost ok. The white thread is from the seam.|
Must go now but I'll be back soon!
|the joint is added to the head|
|5-way disc-jointed! there must be smaller disc's available!!! somewhere....!|
|never add a leg where the arm must be jointed! it was so stupid! but I also share the mistakes I make with you. It was very hard to get the cotterpin out again! Phew!|
|half way stuffing! I used mini-steelshot for the tummy and the foot and for the foot I must put in the steelshot almost piece by piece......one leg and two arms to go......thanks for this rainy day!|
|baby! wearing a needle-felted diaper with tiny buttons! baby can stand alone.|
|bottom with a heart..|
|in her room...I made a "play-carpet" for her|
|I love you too!|
|I want to get into my room......phew!|
|hand in hand.....true love!|
- it is easier to stuff the limbs before you attach them....once they are attached it is hard to stuff them and even more hard to close the openings in a neat way!
- every fabric gives an other result and a completely different bear..
- I need patience. I am a woman with so much patience....but I need some more to make these little ones I think. Making progress tho!
- it is really important to get smaller disc's and especially cotter-pins; it is very hard to hide them while stuffing or even get the stuffing inside.
- Most important thing I learned? I LIKE this!