Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Power of a Curve

I have been working on a new small bear head and picked up one of my old reliable stuffing sticks to stuff his or her head. It occurred to me that I have not posted about some of the tools I use for my bear making in quite a while. I thought I would share this one because it’s just a little bit different from the normal ones.

I purchased this particular stuffing stick from a fellow bear artist who is also responsible for its design. I am unsure if she is still in business, but I think she may have moved on to other things now. I wasn’t exactly sure at first how well it would work for stuffing.

I had been using regular stuffing sticks, chop sticks and some I made myself which seemed to do the job but I like to give new ideas a spin to see if they work. Now I wish I had bought two. Here’s what it looks like.


It’s a gentle “S” – oh so slightly curved and tapered on both ends. It was well finished when I bought it but over time with repetitive use it is very smooth.

It works well for stuffing roundish things – like a bear’s head. Using one of the bears from my studio, you can see how it would align for stuffing a bear’s cheek


or forehead


or the back of his head.


It also does arms quite nicely too.


I think it would be possible to recreate this stuffing stick with some patience and the talents of someone who can work with wood. Maybe it is time to give that some consideration.


  1. Looks like a good tool to have! Thanks for showing it, and if you do come across someone who's making this, perhaps you could tell the bear enthusiasts among us. :)

  2. What a wonderful stuffing stick! I sure wish I knew someone who was handy with wood working! Hugs, Janice

  3. Tank you so much for sharing the photo of your stuffing stick. It would be worth a try. I use a mettle rod with a fork in the end. Although it is not curved like that.
    Happy Sewing.

  4. Um, you have a whole bunch of very concerned bears here fearing bear abuse (as your model looks none too happy!) We're hoping he told you to get stuffed shortly after... ;o)

  5. Oh I do like this. I can see its usefulness. I would love to find something like this.

  6. Hi Miss Ginger,

    First - thank you for sharing.

    But...oh, just lookin' at that thingy makes my joints hurt. )o:

    Happy December Monday.

    Heaps of Hugs

    Now I need a cookie and some tea 'n honey & A BIG HUG from my Mom.


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