Wellcome to my blog

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.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The making of a face - Springfield


Just a very quick view into the craft room this time






click for the detail page of Springfield

The making of the face - Henderson


Here a quick glance at the making of Henderson's face

I cut the tips of the side parts and gusset off before i sew the parts, i never would find the middle when i would not do this.

The whole head is shaped like a ball, no muzzle


Cut some more hair, and trying to find the right colour for the eyes
Threading the eyes, and felting some white around the eyes


preparation of the parts for the face … 3 long genital like looking parts will be the muzzle
the small balls the cheeks and the flat one the chin


In German we say sackgesicht to someone looking like this ….


all is attached … now …


lets start with the felting down and shaping it all


and some more
give the face some brows, maybe it looks better then
ok, it also needs some lids


hmmm starts to look like a face to me


give him a nose and some make up - and then a body …


and here he is :)


click for the detail page : Henderson

Tutorial - Basic form - egg shape

I tried how to show an basic form.
It is not much use to shoot single photos, because i need 2 hands to hold the wool into place.
So i made a short video, and then extracted the pictures.
To compare the whole thing … i try to post the video too

Please, let me know, if this pictures actually are showing how to make an egg shape, if you feel, you would understand what i try to show you, when you never did it before.
A little bit of text to go with it :)
Take a sheet of wool in one hand, here the left hand.
Hold it flat between fingers and thumb.
Slide with the thumb of the other hand (the right one) over the outside of the sheet, bending it inward, over your left thumb.
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Hold the bend edge with the right thumb, and carefully pull out the thumb of the left hand

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tutorial - make a sculpted paw


Today i show you how to get a foot like this:
When you need a better look, click on the picture to get a big picture.

To give you an idea about doll making needles, i show you a picture.
Here in Germany i bought a set of 3 - 7cm, 9cm and 12.5 cm in my local fabric store.


the first thing you need, is a foot :)
you can either have the sole made of mini fabric, shaved fur, or felt over the sole - like i did in this example

First you mark the position of toes and intention of the sole with pins.
The marked spots in my example are the positions where i enter and exit with the thread.
Click on the (bad) drawing, to get the exact positions

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You will need quite a long, sturdy, not breakable thread for this, i use about 1 meter.

Tutorial - shading of a sculpted paw


Here i show you how i shade my paws.

I use oil paint and a brush where i cut the hair short.
Press a little bit of paint on a paper, put a little bit on the brush.
You can see how much you need to shade lightly.
Try on the paper first, it is very little colour you need to archive the effect.


I start with pressing some paint right in between the toes - on the base of the toes


The same i do on the top of the toes

Teddy - Springfield

Oh hello, how are you today ?
I am Springfield, a 30cm bear - full of joy and a little bit mischievous.