A quick break from the Elements of Soft Toy Design posts to give a little update on other crafty happenings around here.
I used to be a middle school teacher before Roxanne was born. I had a great job that I loved, but chose to stay at home with my children instead of returning to work. Now, nearly seven years later, I have made something of a career change, but the teaching is coming back and I'm so happy. I hope to teach more workshops this year.
And this week I tackled a toy-making technique that I've wanted to try for years – making a teddy bear with cotter pin joints.
I made this bear from a pattern in the book and now I see how making artist teddy bears can become an addiction. He's so cuddly. This was an awesome project. I love how the pins work and I can see all kind of applications for this kind of joint. It is strong and invisible and allows 180 degree movement. A horse drawn cart withplush wheels that move on an axle? Oh yes! Cotter pin joints are very cool.