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Introduction 8 Welcome to TheBigForest.
Chapter 1: Really Beary 10
Five stylized versions of real bears to craft-the introductions that accompany them will include information on everything from habitat to what the bear in question eats.
The bears that you will encounter are: the Grizzly or Brown Bear, the American Black Bear, the Polar Bear, the Giant Panda, and the Sloth Bear. They are presented as pillows, display figures, and a bookmark.
Chapter 2: Plush Pretenders 34
Five glorious imaginary bear figures to make, along with stories about where they live and how they came to be-there's a bear for every occasion.
Meet Vampire Bear, Birthday Clown Bear, Valentine's Bear, Surfer Bear, and Santa Bear.
Chapter 3: Fuzzy Crafts 66
Sets the scene with beary tales woven around projects that help bring more bears into your life. Story Pillow-The Gardener bear cub lives in a hut in the forest; create a pillow decorated with a scene that tells his story. Autobearography-Make a bear figure with custom accessories so that you have a bear that looks just like you or one of your friends.
Mini Mascot Bear-Stitch a small mascot bear to keep you safe on your travels.
Chapter 4: Cuddly Clothing 94
Dress up, bear style!
Polar Bear Tippet-Snuggle up toasty warm in this funky bear tippet, with a simple chunky knit body and felt face and paws at either end.
Boot Bears-Superchic boot bears thread through your laces to bring urban cool to your pawcovers!
Chapter 5: Ursine Accessories 106
Take a bit of bear with you everywhere.
You look Grrrreat!-Make funky felt rings and earrings for the glamor bear look.
Bear Brooch Pin-Stitch a felt pin for your purse, coat or hat to show the world you love bears.
Cellphone Cover-Craft a neat felt cellphone cover featuring a business bear.
Head Bear Headbands-Yes, bears just go to your head!
Stuff Bag-Be a hit at little league with your gear in a baseball bear decorated stuff bag.
Chapter 6: Bear Necessities 140
Additional advice on choosing your toolkit and on materials, plus technique tips and stitch steps.
Templates 132
Full-size templates for all the projects.
Index/Acknowledgments 159-160

About the Author

Benjamin Rowling is the Maker in Chief at TheBigForest, a growing indie craft brand. TheBigForest is gaining an international reputation for its handcrafted and designed goods. Benjamin sits in his hut making extraordinary artist's bears and animals, men's and women's accessories in woolfelt and natural yarns, and other goods to delight and thrill. Miko-Head of Forestry Commissions, brings order to TheBigForest, hunts out creative places, writes, and photographs. TheBigForest has been featured in Mollie Makes Made in Felt, Inspired London : A Guide to the Handmade in London, Oh Comely magazine, and the Norwegian magazine Dilla pa handlaget - which translates as Hooked on Handmade - and other inspirational publications.

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