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.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Teddy Special edition - Jackson

Hello ! I am Jackson
As you can see, i have not yet made up my mind, if i like to be with or without ears.
I can be styled so many ways without ears, with so many cool looks.
So it is now up to you to decide, do you like me super stylish or super cute :)
But however you want me, i can promise, i give you soooooooooooooooo much love
My paws and arms are wired to be able to pose in every possible way.
My paws are made of suede, sculpted and carefully shaded with oil paint.
I also got a spine, so my body can move too.
I am 4 way bolt jointed, in arms and legs.
My neck has no joint, but I can move my head even better through my spine.
I have high quality, big, black German glass eyes.
My muzzle, my nose and my eyes are needle felted and carefully shaded with oil paints.
I was made in a smoke- and pet free environment.
I come in my own gift box with an birth certificate with my dates.
I am NOT a toy, neither for children or for animals.
Small parts could get loose and be swallowed.

2 hours of painting and now we are done.


Today i was enjoying the sunshine outside, and did the painting on the veranda.

I use oil paint. I like it a lot, because it blends so nice.

I haven’t taken any pictures, because this process really isn’t any good if i take pictures.
You need to experiment yourself.

Just one important thing, take very little paint onto the brush and brush off on a piece of tissue.
brush off till nearly nothing comes off anymore, and then take the first stroke on the fabric.
It is not enough ? do the same thing again … maybe - just maybe - brush off a tiny bit less.

Remember, you can always put on more, but what is on, is very hard to get off again.


Here you can compare - 1 side without and one side with painting




Summary of the working hours:

5,0 hours - pattern design, drawing onto fabric, cutting out, running stitch marking
7,5 hours - cutting hair from seam allowance
9,0 hours - paws and starting to sew
4,0 hours - finished sewing, turning, preparing for wiring
7,0 hours - covering wire, stuffing paws
7,0 hours - finishing paws, working the face, closing the seams and attaching the limbs
3,0 hours - securing the limbs, stuffing and sewing the belly - nearly finished
2,0 hours - painting

44,5 hours working on this teddy

More pictures on this little fellow will be here : Jackson

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

for Susana


Susana, i try to show you … i hope it is clear enough

If you can’t see it so good, click on the pictures, then they get huge.


When you make the pictures larger, you can see more.

The first picture you see the spine, it is the silvery piece like a Y with a long lower part.
The second picture shows you the seam from the back of the body.

I make an open belly in this case.
The opening is from down at the hips, right up to the tip of the nose to have good access for the sewing.

The 2 short parts of the Y go inside the head. The crossing is above the seam from body and head.
Take a unbreakable thread and make a knot in the end.
Then stitch from the tip of one short leg right into the seam allowance of the gusset / head part.

Sew it with 1 cm stitches to the seam allowance down to the spot where the other short part goes into the head, and secure it to the other side of the gusset seam. secure the thread, cut the thread.

Then you sew the long leg of the Y on to the back seam.
I do it, 1 stitch one side, then over the spine and take a stitch on the other side and then back again to the first side …. like this / \ / \ / \
I do it in 1 cm steps.
click on the last picture, than you can see the black thread i used, it goes from one side to the other.

Stitch through the covering material, here the silver, into the seam allowance and back up through the covering material.

059 - Kopie

Susana i hope this new picture helps you :)

3 hours today … i am not in the mood for painting


first i put some clue onto the nuts


While i was waiting for the clue to get hard, i made a little bag for some glass pellets.
It is some strange fabric. it is also used in the bought bears to hold pellets.
In my fabric store they sell it as material for under skirts.
It is very soft, very slippery, and very tight.


Just perfect for little pellets :)


I put some filling in the back above the spine, some between the shoulders and some between the hips, closed the seam at the neck a bit further down, then i put the bag with the pellets inside.


Keep closing the seam and adding filling, the last 1 cm i fill the belly as much as i find suitable, and close the last bit.

I usually take some stitches, and make a few knots.
This makes sure, even when this seam breaks, not the whole seam breaks open.

Such nasty seams i like to sew with the bent needle.
It took me long time to find out how to hold it with the fingers, without the needle turning in the wrong way.
One way is for sure the pliers - like doctors do when they sew you up :P
i do it like this … hold it with THREE fingers, not with 2 :D


When all seems are closed, give the teddy a good brush


and a good shake :D


and then bend and twist the little fellow how you like


The little one still needs ears
He needs some shading at the face and the paws.
I will do this tomorrow - i think.
AND he needs a name … and i have no idea.