Thursday, 2 February 2012

Papa Bear

Another passion of mine is making teddy bears from old fur coats. I find it a real challange and I'm always surprised of the end product. I can use the same pattern but each bear is truly one of a kind.

Anyway here is Papa bear made from an old winter coat from my mother inlaw. I wanted to capture that old worn used look. The vest was scrap material from my stash and the buttons from my button stash. Working with fiber I find I  save everything. I also make my own arm and leg joints which I hope to post at a later date along with a finished Mama bear.

Chat later;

Scrappy Basket

Hey  guys my first post of my work. This is what I call my scrappy basket. The handle I found while walking around the block and I spotted a broken down basket in my neighbours garbage. Next was the reed. this was the end pieces that I kept from other projects. when you get to know me you will know I hate throwing out material for weaving. For the rim and lashing... well the rim is the outer casing of telephone wire and the lashing guessed it was a single strand of telephone wire. I enjoy reusing materials in my baskets.

My first love is to make natural baskets. I enjoy going out gathering material from nature. In Aug. you will find me in swamps / back roadside ditches / forest / lakes and fields. Home owners always give me strange looks when I ask if  I can gather material on their property . All they see is some crazy guy wanting to take their weeds away.

Hope you enjoy the basket.

The Midnight Weaver