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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: The Bear Basics
    • Preparing Patterns
    • Fur Selection
    • Working with Fur
    • Cutting Fur
    • Stitching Fur
    • Finishing Pile
    • The Lost Thread Method
  • Chapter Two: One-Pattern-Piece Bear
    • Marking Tools
    • Closing Openings
  • Chapter Three:Snuggly Nonjointed Bear with Clothing
    • Stuffing Basics
    • Stuffing with Plastic Pellets
  • Chapter Four:Classic Jointed Bear With Clothing
    • Jointing Bears
    • Eyes
  • Chapter Five: Cubby Bear
    • Appliqued Paw Pads
    • Eyelashes
    • Making Faces: Embroidery
    • Making Faces: Positioning for Expression
  • Chapter Six: Fashion Bear with Ballerina Variation
    • Finishing Touches
  • Chapter Seven: Small and Smaller Bears
    • Special Considerations for Small Bears
    • Thread Joints
  • You Are Invited...
  • Sources
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Title: Teach Yourself Teddy Bear Making: Simple Techniques and Patterns for Teddy Bears and Their Clothing
Author: Jodie Davis
Publication Date: TPB:1996
Publisher: Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, NY
Page Count: 127
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 12" x 9 1/4"
ISBN: 1567992560

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get a great variety of bears of differing complexity that exude a great deal of personality. Patterns are full-size and well marked and far enough away from the ditch(binding of the book) so that it should be pretty easy to copy them without destroying the nicely hardbound book.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down into numbered steps and have lots of illustration to help the crafter.

SUMMARY- I tend to really like Ms. Davis' books, but I think she did a really superior job with this one. There are a lot of great teddy bear making books out there so she has some stiff competition, but I believe she holds her own proudly. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn how to make teddies.

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