Sunday, January 9, 2011

Meet Ted from the Patch...

Poor Ted! I didn't realise he was at the back of the cupboard with only one eye! I do feel a bit bad about that.

I found poor Ted today as I was doing a spring clean in summer! I made Ted when my son was a young baby, probably about 9 months old - he is now 21. As he was an amazing sleeper during the day (and night), I sewed, cross-stitched, and completed tapestries.

I attended classes and learnt how to do heirloom crazy patchwork and to make a jointed teddy bear.

 Here is Ted bit by bit...



He has a bit of a tight lipped look about him as though he is cross! Do you think...? I am sure he moved in this photo!




I can't believe I embroidered on the carnation to highlight the colours. Gee, my boy must have been a great sleeper!

Notice the vintage cameo? My grandfather bought it back from Croatia in the very early 60's for my mother. Ted is covered in lace from my Mums wedding dress, buttons from my Dad's old pyjamas, beads from my Nanna, all sorts really.






Then I got the urge and made some crazy patchwork hearts today with a little embroidery.







 Then I made even more, so I have now put them in my ETSY store!

Poor Ted! I will have to find an eye for him and fix him up. He is going on the top shelf from now on. 

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21 comments:

melissa said...

He is beautiful , im glad you got him out of the cupboard , he deserves to be on display! Love your patchwork hearts x

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Hi Pam,
What a beautiful teddy bear...and all those little touches to make it so special. I love your blog! You take fantastic photos! I'm drooling looking at everything.
Hugs, Sandy

~Tonja~ said...

Oh I bet Ted is happy now....he is so adorable....love the hearts too....
Have a Blessed day...
Tonja

kit and nancy. said...

what a beautiful creation. the detail is just amazing. what a beautiful idea to gather all sorts from family members. such a treasure.

Carla said...

HI Pam, What a lovely teddy made with love and memories.. Wow your son must have adored him.. Beautiful work. Carla

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Happy New Year dear Pam!!
I love your 'new look' blog WOW!!!
Mr Ted is such a fine bear and I'm sure he will be fine after a wee patch-up and some TLC!!!
Wishing you, your husband and all your precious family Gods blessings for this new year.
Hugs
Shane x
ps gorgeous hearts too you clever lady!!!

Jenevieve said...

Ted's gorgeous, love all the patchwork! I've given you an award, go to my blog to see! :) x

Sal said...

I think he is beautiful...I would never have the patience to make anything like that!!
Have a lovely week ;-) x

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

Wonderful memories with Ted. An amazing creation and family heirloom :)

Blondie's Journal said...

He is a darling little creation, Pam. And so are the cute hearts! It seems I had more time for projects when my children were young...maybe I just had more energy or organizational skills!

Have a great day!

XO,
Jane

Just Martha said...

How wonderful is Teddy with all his special memories? I think he deserves another eye a-n-d to sit somewhere like a King. He does look a bit cross like he was been squeezed a bit too much. Sort of 'we are not amused' look really...

Sarah B said...

Isn't he gorgeous, very special. I love te carnation - you are a very good embroiderer! Yes, he does look very croos in that photo - how funny!

Brenda Kula said...

Oh my! We are kindred spirits. I also do crazy quilt stitching. Have loved it for years. That's what all the beads were for. And I've had it in my head for weeks to make some hearts for Valentine's Day! Your Ted is beautiful, and still looks brand new.
Brenda

Ky said...

Ted is priceless! Such a special bear. So much work has gone into creating him. You've done a fabulous job! Thanks for showing him to us Pam.

You're part of the Croatian gene pool? So is my hubby. He's Croatian. Well most of him is. A little bit of Russian thrown in for good measure. I would love to visit Croatia one day...


Those hearts are adorable too!
xx

Karen said...

Hi pam

You are so clever. My fine motor skills were never geared for this kinda craft...lucky for us we have people like you around.

Did you have any of your rose soap? My family are a bit on the nose...we ran out prior to christmas...hubby loves it as well. Talk soon x

A Treasured Past said...

Morning Pa, Ted is adorable. I love the colours and the precious family treasure that adorn him. Tamara x

chair up said...

Thanks for sharing this Pam along with your incredible stitching skills!! What a great keepsake.
Angex

Beach Vintage.com said...

Hi Pam, poor Ted, he is so super sweet. Happy New Year to you.

Catherine said...

Hi Pam, isn't it funny getting out something like your ted & revisiting a time in your life in full colour & meaning & thinking ooh I did this!..wonderful. What a delightful way to patchwork the keepsakes together rather than just a quilt. Lovely! Much love Catherine x

Make mine Mid-Century said...

Every inch of that bear is beautiful ... you know I didn't even notice he had one eye! I think he's delightful ... no wonder he has pursed lips ... locked in the cupboard for so long!

Pam, you have a wonderful talent!

delia hornbook said...

O Pam i am in love with Ted he is adorable and what a beautiful story and so many memories in the making of him and the personnal items of your family that went onto the making of him also you are so very clever. He has to be put on your shelf to see everybody and bring you a smile every day. Dee ;-) x