I finished up this teddy bear today. He’s made of sherpa fleece and bits of velvet and stuffed with polyfil. You have to understand what an amazing achievement it is that I actually managed to incorporate velvet into something I made. I HATE velvet. Ask anyone who knows me well. The best way to torture me (why I’m revealing this here is beyond me) is to rub your hands or face, or even worse your teeth, over velvet in front of me. Yep, your teeth. I have this terrible irrational fear of velvet. My worst nightmare – velvet gum. It’s been this way my whole life. Eating a peach whole? No thanks – that probably means running my teeth down that velvety peel! But, it was worth the sacrifice to incorporate a few scraps of this lovely brown velvet with a blue sheen into this project. Besides, it mostly involved touching and sewing it while it was inside out.