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  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Materials
  • Stitches
  • Bear Making Techniques
    • Teddy Bear Design
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Layout, Marking and cutting
    • Stitching the Bear
    • Stitching the Head
  • Assembling the Bear
    • Putting Joints in the Bear
    • Turning and Putting Joints In
    • Stuffing the Bear
  • Teddy Bear Features
    • Eyes
    • Noses
    • Mouths
    • Ears
    • Finishing Bears
    • Antiquing or Distressing
  • Miniature Bears
  • Making Garments
    • Making Clothes for Bears
    • Vest and Bow Tie
    • Collars and Ties
    • Hat
    • Skirt
    • Dress
    • Pants
    • Tracksuit
    • Dungarees
    • Shirt
  • Gallery
    • Traditional Bears
    • Classic Bears
    • Evolution of the Classic Bear
    • Bears on All Fours
    • Special Features
    • Simple Clothes
    • Unusual costumes
    • Homey Bears
    • Pairs of Bears
    • Scenes
    • Fantasy Bears
    • Special Bears
    • Miniature Bears
  • Patterns - Mix and Match
  • Index
  • Credits

Title: The Complete Book of Teddy-Bear making Techniques: A step-by-step visual directory, with an inspirational gallery of original bears
Author: Alicia Merrett, Ann Stephens
Publication Date: HC:2003
Publisher: Running Press, Philadelphia, PA
Page Count: 160
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 9" x 9"
ISBN: 0762403497

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating There are 3 different patterns plus a miniature bear pattern. patterns have a few markings to help the sewer, and the fur direction is marked on each piece. .

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are well broken down and easy to follow, with photos of each step to help the crafter - I don't think you can get better than that.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating This book gets a couple of bonus stars for covering bear design for people who wish to create their own.

SUMMARY- This is a technical book rather than a project book - though it could be used as project book easily enough. It does a very thorough job of teaching the basic techniques when creating a bear, and the gallery is stuffed full of artist's conceptions of teddy bears - there is nothing generic about these bears! I highly recommend this book as a "must have" to anyone thinking about designing their own bears.