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My name is Martina Staniek, and I make OOAK (One Of A Kind) Teddy Bears and other soft sculptures.
I also knit and crochet - i always on the search for those very diffrent and fantastic pattern.
Last year i learned to Spin, and now i also create wonderfull and unique yarn.

I would like to introduce to you my creations and keep you updated with other happenings which are important to me.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

a LOT of news today :D


because i was so lazy the last couple of days, i have a lot of different things to tell you today.

first … on Facebook i joined a pay it forward 2012 - and i got my first present :D
such a lovely see maid ! thank you a lot Fiona for this lovely maid :)

and just look at this amazingly nice embroidered nose !!
and to felt this glittering wool must have been a horror !


next …
i NEARLY finished my first proper OJOS DE DIOS !

i cut some of the copper pipes to shorten it, the whole cross was original 100 cm, now it is just 70 cm.
i made some epoxy modelling mass blobs on the ends, which needs some working on before i can finish the whole thing… but - i don’t know yet how i will do it ..


IF i am really bored, i could sand them smaller, so they would be just a bit bigger then the pipes … HUGE amount of work involved :/
or, i just paint them black and wind some black wool over the pipes to the blobs …
wouldn’t look as good, i think, but who knows … so … i just have it standing opposite of my working place, and keep looking at it :)

you know i am trying to work out a new teddy pattern, inspired by Joanne Livingston…
it is in no way easy for me …

and in between those frustrating boring steps, i need to do something else too …

so i did some felting again :
a little kitty, 6,8 cm without ears
even the eyes are felted here, the tail got a pipe cleaner inside to curl around.
i tried to make a little Siam cat (are they called Siam in English too ?)
but i don’t really like the blending of the dark wool on the nearly white wool … it looks messy for me.


and a little bunny … 3.4 cm :D with a little heart
this one worked out quite nice … not even fussy


and now back to the annoying pattern designing :

I don’t even know what i want to make … i don’t want a copy of her bears … i don’t want a really realistic bear - yet - but i want to try this spine thingy :)

i for sure lack the talent of some of you teddy artists, to imaging a bear, and transform the picture in the head to paper, and this actually looking then like imagined :D

i can’t even do it with a picture in front of me … i really lack those skills … so i draw something, sew it, fill it … look at it … dislike it … guess what to change to look more appealing, draw again, sew again, stuff again …. look at it … and so it goes on and on …

and then i hit the point, where i see something which for sure is not right, but i have no clue how to change it :(
luckily i am member in a nice forum, where i can scream for help :D

AND i am a absolute talent to do the following … again and again and again :
can you spot what i did ? :D


of course i did the same also with the feet, i had 2 rights again … *slap myself*

first try :


iiiikes … the whole thing is a LOT to small :D

next try :


there you go … the size is about what i was aiming for …
BUT … i thought - the head to big, the neck to long, the feet to short (the 2nd try of feet that is - the right picture) but - the fore foot started to go into the right direction *YEA!* :D


BUT - what about the sole … it is not supposed to bend upwards … here came in the end after a few tries the scream for help in the forum … i need to sew the solution.

You can see .. i am helpless .. i tried to make it a bit higher on the top and added a bit on the bottom …

actually i also made the leg a bit longer … with a frustration result … you will see in a bit …

drew a smaller head, a smaller gusset, a bit shorter neck


and that is what it looked like :
Ignore the fact it is not even placed please .. i did just some quick hole punching :D
back so far ok … i think …
On the side you see the problem with the longer feet .. they are to long now :/


BUT i can use the arm straight … when it is sitting … and i can turn and bend it to be used as a fore foot when on all 4 !! (as soon as the back leg is shorter again :D )

AND the whole thing can STAND UP ! *clap hands*


even when now the head is to small for my likings .. .guess the to big one was just about right :D

so i need to draw the whole thing - well not the whole thing - again - with *list*
shorter legs again
adapted fore foot
bigger head again
and to try i will make the sole a bit wider altogether and specially a bit more wide and square at the toes

i should try to make a spine wire to see if the neck is ok, to be able to bend up (back?) when the bear is on all 4 … i “think” it needs a little bit less on the back … so i bend it forward when sitting, and bend not so much back when on all 4 …

and i think i give the arms a little bit of a bend, this totally straight arms look … terrible !


  1. Oh my gosh! I think you are doing so well with your experiments. I really like the look of the bear you have there. Real bear heads are small. It was a very hard thing for me to get past. Keep up the great work. Can't wait to see your bear in the fur.

  2. thank you a lot joanne :)
    i am sitting here usually with your bear pictures ... specially the feet are what i like the most (right after the eyes) :D
    it is still along way to go i think till i give it a try with expensive fur :D