Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Rusty Tarnish the Bell Polisher

#03 Rusty Tarnish, the Bell Polisher
& his pet Pinalppe Clapper Penguin
Rusty. Has been Adopted


Here you can read his story about his job at the NorthPole
He is from my 2017 Series.
I created a total of Six WeeFolk in the second series
each one came with a little pet friend

There was:
#01 Anne Duster & Duster Bunny, ADOPTED
#02 Bubba Ribbons & Scottie Taper"  STILL AVAILABLE "
#03 Rusty Tarnish & Pinalppe Penguin ADOPTED
#04 Fred Flackery & GundBear ADOPTED
#05 Avi-Ator Copa & Bobbie Chicken ADOPTED
#06 Alberto Stag & HO-HO ADOPTED

#03 Rusty & Pinalppe spend most days polishing the many bells on Santa’s Sliegh.
Along with polishing he is also incharge of the maintenance and fixing of the bells.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the jingle jangle sound created from a well tuned bell! 
want to know more about the History of the Bells …
clink on the link below the picture


Rusty takes his special lil tools with him always.
When he isn't using them, he keeps them tucked away in his pocket 

he must keep them safe while him and his Penguin Pinaplle are off on adventures in the forest sledding.
click the link below to learn more about the history of sledding
this is on the Santa Approved:
* KIDS WORLD LINK *
http://www.kidsworld.com/article/27758-the-history-of-sledding
Like all my WeeFolk he is has been handsewn and needle Sculptured to give him his charm.
Each one is a One of A Kind, this is #03 in the 2017 Series
He has biege ultra suede boots hand made by me
As with all the little WEEFOLK in this Series, if you look on the sole of their Boot, you will find
a embroidered picture of  their job title at the North Pole.
Except for Bubba Ribbons …



He as Gingerbread buttons and a jingle bell charm that holds his tools,
his buddy Fred Flackery lets him help in the gardens when it is harvest time.

The Smallest and youngest of this Series, which makes it easier for him to climb up and down on the Reindeer to polish their bell harnesses !
he loves to travel and went on a adventure with myself to the:


Along with Bubba and the
2018 Series of LIL WEE FOLK



his penguin wears a silver bow and bell, has  a Candy Cane walking stick .
just incase he needs a snack!

BEARS4U One Of A Kind Works of Art


his friend Alberto would help hold the reindeer steady while he worked on the Christmas Harnesses
One by one the bells get cleaned and the clappers are tuned
This is a job that takes a whole year to get ready for
Not just on Christmas Eve.
 But,  the Many Christmas parades and events Santa and the Reindeer attend all year...

www.myThorold.com 
For every child waits to here the sound of the bells on Christmas Eve as Santa and his reindeer arrive in their Sleigh, spreading joy and love
Wishing you all a very Beary Christmas Season and the very best in 2019

As soon as the doors opened at the Thorold show he was whisked away...
 "ADOPTED " along with many more of my creations...




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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A REAL Fur BEAR

A Custom RealFur Bear

A while ago I was contacted to turn a couple of cured and tanned  Bear Hides into a Standing Bear!
It had been awhile since I had worked with real animal hides. Since I normally turn Vintage Fur Coats, Collars and Hats into Cherished Teddy Bears for Clients. 
Above Bear Photo from: Photographer; Tammy Nash, Algonquin Park 09.05.2018



 Some of my Cherished Bears and Critters over the years


Custom Black Suede & Chevron Mink
 I do not support The Useless slaughter and Hunting of our wildlife...

This Client had verified he Hunted the Bears himself legally,
and a dear friend of his had Cured and Tanned the hides...

the hides always look great on the outside...

What a lot of clients don't realize is the holes and tears on the actual hides, which means I must work around the flaws to create your Bear or Critter!
Also that I need to treat the hide if they are Dry,  Hard or sometimes moldy!
Or even worse infested with mites, fleas or worse moth eggs!
This also applies to a lot of the coats and jackets I receive for turning into Cherished Bears and Critters.

Many hours of treatment and brushing of the fur to get it ready for designing and cutting...

 



 I generally do the smaller bears by hand whenever possible, but the larger ones I trust my Vintage Sewing Machines to do the sewing for me...

All my machines are serviced here..


Niagara Sewing Machine Services 
(Mike and Tina Peter )
Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada
http://www.niagarasewing.com
On this big bear I did a technique on the pads called " Trapunto "
It gives the feet a more realistic look!
here they are as a  WIP!
I had hoped to machine sew a lot of this big fella which didn't work out!
the hide was very thick in some spots and that meant I had to hand sew it, with my huge upholstery needles! punching the holes prior sew as not to rip or tear the hide!




Only the Head and arms where jointed for posing!  As my client has plans for him to stand in her home to Welcome her guest...
I used the largest pair of German Glass eyes I had...
I decided not to shave to much of his face side hair as it gave him character...
The client agreed.
One of the hardest parts was although both hides were Bear they were from summer and winter hunts! 
which meant a difference in the fur thickness!
His nose is one of my signature leather noses. Sculptured and created by me!
This big fella " ELVIS" has since gone home and I let my hands and eyes take a much needed  holiday!

 


 Creating Memories one stitch at a time...




Monday, April 16, 2018

#06 ALBERTO Stag

Alberto Stag #06 


The Official Instructor at the:
Reindeer Academy of Flight
He is the #06, of my Second Series of
WEEFOLK 
Sorry he has been ADOPTED
This is his story and his pet dog, "Ho-Ho"
along with
information about  the last two in this Series,
#02-Bubba Bows & #05 Rusty Tarnsh
still up for adoption


Each of them has a hand sewn tag  attached somewhere on them!
The tags are hand written and have Their :
Names, Series, # and Job title
As I hand sculpt each face they come to life in my hands.
Each one a "One of A Kind, Work of ART".
With the pull of my needle' & Thread,
they start to take shape and become a 
Lil' WEE FOLK
and this is when I start to decide on the Names and Jobs they will have.

I have tried to give them each there own personalities and accessories to go with them,
on there Journeys with their new adopted families.
They each have a story and a very important Job title at the North Pole!
This one is :
Alberto Stag,  has his trusty dog, “Ho-Ho 
Created from a recycled, Vintage Mohair Coat.
He has velvet lined ears!
I created him from information I gathered on the Real Breed!

He isn’t just a regular pup...

He is from a special breed of dogs...
 “ Hungarian Pumi”
a agile herding dog ,
this breed of medium to small size are  very intelligent and very energetic. 
A versatile stock dog, equally adept at gathering, driving and keeping the
 Reindeer stock under control. 
Ho~Ho, can also  hunt rodents!
 He  alsew helps in the Reindeer Stables to keep rodents away from The livestock