Nov 13, 2011

2/11: Mae Bear #2

After the first of the year, my same friend sent me the fabric she wanted her own Mae Bear created from. She had told me of the embroidery her mom had done on the front of the denim shirt but words could not describe the beauty of the intricate work. I used to do this kind of thing and I know the effort that went into it. I was both honored to be using this garment and scared that I might not do it justice!

 I say a little prayer for guidance and permission before I start a new bear and cut into the garments for bears. It's a spiritual experience for me and turning a garment into fabric is something I don't take lightly. Only when that ritual is finished do I take a picture and begin the work. For the first time since I started making bears, I forgot to take a picture of the original garments!
Mae's Own Handiwork

I started the bear by cutting the front and putting it together. I wanted to be sure it all came together just right so I could take some of my self-induced pressure off my mind. I did my best to save every bit of Mae's beautiful work.  I was thrilled with the way it turned out and feel I honored the work for Mae and for her daughter who will cherish this bear.

As you can see, the body of the bear is the denim and it went together like a dream. I used the pink flannel for the accents on the second Mae bear.

Mae Bear Front
Anita was very happy with this bear and gave it a special place in her home. I like knowing Mae Bear is where she is supposed to be!
Mae Bear Back
I needed a break from the emotional side of creating the bears after I finished this one. As much as I enjoyed making this one, I didn't have it in me to start another one. Seasoned bear makers had warned me this could (would) happen and they were right. I needed time to be doing something else for awhile. The something else turned out to be gifts for babies-to-be and learning a new craft. That will be a new blog, soon. Right now I need to get back to making two bears for another good friend. This time I will pace myself and not do so many bears in such a short time.


  1. Reading about your journey with your Mae bears made me teary eyed! All the embroidery work is amazing. It's wonderful the way you were able to capture it.

  2. Thanks PDX. She did a lovely job on that and I'm so glad I was able to put it front and center!

  3. I came across your blog while trying to find a lil' info to post on my blog last night. I don't know if you made my Memory Bear or not, but I wanted to say Thank-you for all that you do. My Memory Bear arrived in Memory of my Dad...20 minutes after I got a phone call telling me a friend of mine was expected to pass about the time I was due to bring the family a meal...on Christmas Eve. Anyhow, with the holiday happenings, funeral and such...I finally got around to making my sister a thank-you card for her thoughtful gift and thought I would share it with's the link to my blogpost with it...and I also linked one of your blogposts in mine=)
    Thank-you again for all that you do and the time you put into this wonderful program!

  4. Wow! This is really neat! I love bears anyway, and I think it's so cool that you make them out of such precious materials. I really love how you got that embroidery on there, and the pink plaid is just the perfect accent. Super cute!

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