Saturday, November 14, 2009

Beginner Bear: Get The Basics!
Wanted to try bear making but just can't seem to get around to it? Our updated Beginner Bear workshop will teach you all the basic skills you'll need to know to create a beautiful 15 inch teddy bear.  Just in time for Christmas!

The class is full of photos, videos, flash and fun surprises.

And for those of you that already 'speak' teddy... try your hand at our EbearZ crossword. Answers will be posted next week.  Just right click on the puzzle and open it in a new tab or window. Then print it.

1. A type of stuffing commonly used in antique bears.
2. The device used to hold the head, arms and legs onto the body of the bear.
3. A heavy stuffing that is unsafe and should be avoided.
4. Another word for bruin.
5. Llama's wool.
6. A word that refers to the construction of the backing of Schulte mohair.
7. A word that refers to the shape a bear takes when the material is manipulated with a needle and thread.
8. A quick stitch that tacks two layers of fabric together.
9. A man-made fiber.
10. A gathering stitch.
11. A jointing system that requires an Allen key.
12. The type of cotton used for noses and claws.
13. A secure hand-stitch that simulated a machine stitch.

1. A type of glue used in lock-nut joints.
3. A tag often sewn onto the footpad of the bear.
10. A tool used for attaching an arm.
14. The taste of the cookies in segment four.
15. A stitch used for sewing up the openings in the appendages.
16. The wool of the angora goat.
17. A popular tool used to paint a finished bear using an air compressor.
18. An inexpensive alternative for creating a faux airbrushed finish is a pencil ________.
19. A design characteristic in the body of early 20th century bears.
20. A tool for pulling thread.
21. The name given to the direction in which the fur is woven or grown.
22. The waste material commonly used in stuffing teddy bears.
23. A fiber often used in the manufacture of synthetic fur and stuffing.
24. The combination of sizing and fiber that makes up the paw pads of your bear.
25. A tool used for poking holes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day/Remembrance Day
A remarkable video for the day.
Terry Kelly - A Pittance of Time

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Faculty of Dolls Now Open

I'm happy to report that the Faculty of Dolls is now open and that we've posted our very first 'doll' workshop there.  Kinda Sorta...

Our first doll class begins life as a doll but is then Reborn into an adorable Puppy. Many of the doll makers among you may have heard of Reborn Baby Dolls, as this is quite a hot trend in doll making right now.

Our workshop takes the reborn process to a whole new level.  Award winning, master artist, Krista Griffiths has developed this remarkable technique and will take you through the steps of creating your very own lifelike puppy!

Please click HERE to learn more about this fascinating new workshop!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Needle Felted Gnome

Makes me feel like singing something from 'The Sound of Music' ... G.. a needle felted gnome ...

Yes well, I digress.  Coming up this weekend is a brand new workshop with Maurine Adrezin.  She'll guide you through the steps of free form needle felting to create your very own little fantasy gnome.

This is a great project for the holidays!

The workshop is absolutely jamb packed with photos and videos, so it should really appeal to those of you who are visual learners!

To learn more about the workshop, click HERE.

Registration is taking place right now on our main site at  Just click 'Register' at the top or side of the page.  You can also register via our Artfire shop and we'll do all the account set up for you. Click here to visit the Artfire Studio.