Sometimes a special request brings its own challenge. In this case, while the clothing was a bit of a change from my usual, it was the top hat that took me down a different path.
I have made top hats before although I made them using a different method. While most of earlier ones were for larger bears, the last one I made was for Frosty, a small 5” bear seen below. I liked the process I used and the ability to give the brim a slight curve. That was what I wanted for this twelve inch bear’s hat.
I chose to use Ultrasuede© for a stylish and upscale twist. And even though I knew Ultrasuede© could be fussy to work with, I have a greater appreciation for its tricky and sensitive nature.
In the middle of the process I was beginning to question my sanity, but then it has always been in question. By the end, I was actually trying to figure out if I could remember what I had done so I could replicate it in the future.
This was someone’s Christmas gift. Speaking of Christmas, I hope yours was terrific! I still have a bit of Christmas spirit and even though I am currently working on a few bears, I am dabbling in a few other holiday-ish things as well. Holy Smokes Batman! The New Year is nearly upon us!