Friday Flashback – Conway Bears
Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
These bears are the inspiration of a wonderful friend of mine – Anne Conway. Anne is the most amazing artist, with her skills ranging for painting, to folk art, to sewing. She is one of the artistic people that I so admire, as she just has an innate sense of style and colour.
Anne was participating in a machine embroidery class with me, learning how to make the most of her new embroidery machine, and each class would bring in one of her own projects. One week she had a fantastic bag that she had painted on, with these gorgeous bears. I was hooked. Immediately after class, I asked Anne if I could digitise these bears for machine embroidery. (the girls had just started walking, and I could so see how gorgeous they would look in little ballerina bear t-shirts, with tutus on).
I then spent a couple of weeks working out how to give the bears a “furry” look. I really wanted the texture from a real teddy bear to shine through.
As I completed the Ballet Bears, Anne showed me some art she was creating for Beach Bears, and they really cracked me up. I love the Buxom Bear, with her big hat and swimsuit (she is probably my favourite), and I really loved that there were both boys and girls (didn’t want to leave my boy out).
When I was looking at projects for these gorgeous bears, I think I got a little creative.
The first item that I created was a fantastic set of shopping bags (create might be an overused word). I purchased a set of re-usable shopping bags from my local shop, and embroidered a bear on each of them. One of these bags has still survived (and we live in Canberra which is plastic bag free!)
For the ballet bears, I can remember making the girls their little t-shirts, however I cannot for the life of me find a photo of them in their shirts. I also remember making Emma a door quilt, using the shoes and one of the bears, with Emma’s Room on it.
My favourite of all of the projects that I have made with the bears however would have to be the hooded beach towel. Cameron was such a perfect little model here. Using the designs to create a beach scene on the bottom of the towel, really worked well for this design. (see Monday’s post for the instructions for this project).
Initially we gave the Ballet Shos, and the Palm Tree from the Conway Ballet Bears, and Conway Beach Bear Design Collections as the free design (still available HERE). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering a second design, one of the amazing Conway Bears from each of these collections, as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.