When I was little, I loved books where the toys were central characters - and they were real. The Velveteen Rabbit, The Lonely Doll, and Corduroy were some of my favorites. So when I saw a copy of Corduroy at our local bookstore last month, I picked it up. Our board-book version of Corduroy disintegrated years ago.
Days later, I noticed a pattern for this bear by one my favorite artists/toymakers, Jennifer Murphy. His small size seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at sewing an entire mohair teddy bear (he's completely hand-sewn). After purchasing the pattern, I couldn't help but think of Corduroy the Bear.
Aaaaaaaaaaaand I just happened to have an unfinished doll body that would be perfect for Lisa. So I started on this gift set for my youngest daughter's birthday.
I didn't finish it in time for her big day (I gave her the book and told her the toys were coming), but she's been watching me work on it when I could squeeze in the time.
The Maxwell bear pattern is really sweet. And I think I've figured out cotter-pin joints! The bear feels really secure. I can't wait to make a few more! My bear didn't turn out looking like a "Jennifer Murphy" bear. I had an idea of how Corduroy looked (to me), but also, I think even if I had tried to replicate Jennifer Murphy's "style", I would have failed. It is nearly impossible to replicate that kind of talent! So, my bear looks like a regular ole' bear. My daughter likes him just the same. She wants me to fix his overalls, though :).
Oh, and one thing about the bear pattern, I ordered the recommended size of glass-eyes, but they seemed too small for my bear. (I hand-sewed the entire bear with smaller than recommended seam allowances - so I'm guessing that's the reason). I ordered some larger eyes, but in the meantime, he's sporting some Sharpie-colored pins as eyes :).