Monday, April 25, 2011


Baby Sasha meets Baby Bear in this series of photos that feature my newest Baby Bear created for the class I am teaching online for EbearZ University. Last year I taught a Toots Bear class and now my Baby Bear class has just started.

My Baby Bear has arms and legs inspired by the Sasha Baby

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Another recent challenge from a Sasha friend came in the form of a request for one of my hand-made Teddy Bears. She was looking for a companion bear to keep her company -- one she could hug.

Therein was the challenge as my bears are hard stuffed and not the most huggable critters around.

But I love a challenge so I created "TEDDY" and while he is not soft stuffed he is almost two pounds lighter than any of his brothers.

He arrived at his new home today and has taken up his "spot" on the bed among a cluster of pillows.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


A few months ago one of my Sasha friends asked if I would create a dress for her doll. Ginger is fortunate to have a lovely studio doll, created by Sasha, in her collection. Claire, the doll in question, has the fabric body typical of one period of studio dolls. This body presents certain challenges for the designer because of the shape and position of the arms. And, add to that challenge the fact that I would not have the actual doll to measure and fit the outfit on.
First there were sketches showing how I hoped to minimize the effect of the arm position by using a long full sleeve and an Empire A-line shape dress which Sasha often used as well.

Measurements came and I made a full size paper model of Claire and sent off the first "muslin" to Ginger for a fitting. The dress was less of a problem than the pantellettes which were hard to fit because Claire had no defined waist.

The outfit was finally completed and I think Claire looks quite lovely standing by the stained glass window.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Sasha is delighted with her new American Girl bike and Gregor is clearly envious. It is a little bit large for Sasha since it was designed for her taller "cousin" but she seems able to manage it just fine.

Spring is just around the corner and the warmer days of summer will offer lots of time to peddle around town.