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Smiley
Stuffed Bear
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By Marion Fraile

6.5 inches (16.5 centimeters)

When I looked at the bear after he was finished I couldn't think of a name other than "Happy". However, I have had a "Happy" already and needed to think of another name. It had to be something that captured his character. The best I could think of was "Smiley". So here he is:

One-of-a-kind, crocheted from a short eyelash yarn, 6.5 inches tall. His head is cotter pin jointed, his limbs are thread jointed. He is filled with poly fiber and some steel shot for a nice weight. He has black German glass eyes and a shiny black glass nose. His face is needle felted and I have applied subtle shading with dry oil paints to his face and paw pads.

His accessories are all handmade by me. They include a hat in rainbow colors and a vest with tiny buttons. Around his neck hangs a tiny duck.



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  Marion Fraile
bearkidz by Marion Fraile
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10.7 years on Bear Pile

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Bearkidz-babies are one-of-a-kind (ooak), crocheted without use of any pattern by me, award winning artist Marion Fraile. I sculpt my bears giving them their shape during the process of crocheting by adjusting and changing the number of stitches used. I never use a pattern but rather use my sense for proportions. Long hours are spent to finish a bear. I dont have a piece of fabric to work with but rather have to create my fabric with many, many tiny stitches, stitch by stitch. Mainly for this reason I am only able to make a very limited number of bears annually. Whenever I start crocheting a new bearkidz I start by selecting fibers/threads which I believe will make an interesting fur. Very often I combine completely different colors to achieve the most unique coat. Sometimes a thread has tiny color dots or occasionally comes with a shiny metallic thread worked in.


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