Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Smallest mink bear yet

I have been working on a new mink pattern the past few days , my smallest ever. It actually started out to be just a bear head for an ornament. I decided to challenge myself to make a body and limbs. The bear is almost complete and measures 5.25" standing and 4" sitting. That's almost a inch shorter than my bear McIntosh. It may qualify as a mini depending on the size limit. Some say 4" and under, others say 6".

I had to do a lot of handstitching on this one as the machine just didn't work well with small , thick pieces. I seem to be getting a lot more hand cramps and tingling/numbness when I handstitch or use the computer mouse. I am wondering if it is the beginning of carpal tunnel problems-eek. I read that it is very common in people who sew.

This bear will be available on my wesbite on Thursday. I'll let you know the exact time I'll be posting it there when I get photos dones.


Joanna Mallory said...

Hand cramps and numbness with that kind of work... that can also be muscle tightness in the upper back/neck and shoulder area. My massage therapist works wonders!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the info ! You may be be right about the muscle tightness. I get that too so may it is all connected.