Friday, October 30, 2020

a bear's 21 second debut

Little Bear Hugs knitting pattern
Lil' Bear Hugs pattern

Etsy has a feature of uploading short 5-12 second videos that supposedly help sell your items. Well, needless to say, I am always playing catch-up on these ideas. Mainly intimidated by all the technology of it. But, I tried it! It's a work in progress, that's for sure. It actually runs 21 seconds long and you will never believe how much I cut from it. And no sound. That's a good thing (all the cussing, you know)!

I'm excited about this little bear and his adventures to come. Hope you enjoy his 21 second debut!

Happy knitting, friends!

Friday, September 18, 2020

NEW! hugs and now, kisses!


Lil' Bunny Kisses

This bunny is the perfect companion for your little felted bear -- hugs and kiss go together! I am excited to introduce to you my newest little bunny rabbit, Lil' Bunny Kisses. I'm creating My Woodland Pals series based on my memories of stories I use to write as a kid. The pals include the bear, the bunny rabbit, a red fox, a raccoon and either a squirrel or a badger. Not 100% sure about the fifth critter. Any suggestions? In my stories, I had an owl named Oliver. An owl is always fun to knit, but an owl with outfits? Not sure. Yes, all of them being about the same size and shape will have interchangeable outfits and accessories. 

My daughter, Hannah, grew up with Muffy® Bears and her endless outfits and accessories. Loved those little plastic Mary Janes! I liked them first and 'thought' she should have them. Should of just bought them for myself, eh? Hannah did play with them but not as much as I did. So these new critters are to satisfy some childhood ache.

My dear friend, Beth, has offered to help me design some knit outfits. Simple, but sweet outfits and accessories that will be knit-only items. The combination of the knit outfits on the felted bear or bunny will be wonderful. I so love the combination of textures!

Like the bear, the bunny is knit in one continuous piece. It measures felted about 7.5-inch/19-cm tall, not including the ears. I love the felted texture and how sturdy it is. It will hold up to lots of years of loving. In the bunny pattern, the little ribbon ear bow is made to come off. Each pattern comes with its signature accessory. 

Knit and felt a sweet bunny for that special child (that includes you) in your life.

Happy knitting!

PS - if you ever need any help or want me to do videos on anything to help with your success of felting the bear and bunny, don't hesitate to make suggestions. I appreciate the feedback.

Friday, August 28, 2020

marie mayhew designs

free booklet shipping

Right now through my Etsy Shoppe, I am offering FREE shipping on my 'booklet' patterns. That's right, on my booklet patterns only. I sell PDF downloads too, but they are already free shipping (wink-wink). A great time to get caught up on those patterns you have been thinking about.

I also have a snowman pattern deal: Buy three patterns (Woolly Snowman, Woolly Snowman Hats, and Woolly Snowman Accessories) for $30.00 and get either the Woolly Snowbaby pattern or the Woolly Snowman Materials Kit (both an $8.00 value) for FREE. Your choice!

When out and about, customers will ask me, "Why don't you publish your newest patterns in booklet form anymore? I love those booklets!" Personally, I do too. Originally when I started designing I sold mainly to yarn stores across the country. Now every store is reducing their pattern inventory and going with the PDF patterns, which obviously take up less space in their store. In addition with today's society wanting everything NOW, the PDF format is that perfect solution. Thus, I still have inventory on my booklet patterns. Maybe someday we will slow down and revert back, who knows!

In defense of the PDF patterns though, per pattern you get more photos, in fact color photos especially. This format allows for that. Where as the booklet format you only had the cover photo, and there was a lot of pressure to make it a good one! 

For those of you who don't have access to a home printer, and are unable to download and print out your patterns, I have two suggestions for you: Contact either a knitting store in your area and they would gladly do it for you OR contact me. I would gladly mail out a printed copy of the PDF pattern for a small mailing charge.

Hope you take advantage of the special. Get 'em while they last!

Happy knitting!

Monday, August 3, 2020

the three little bears!

A Trio of Bears!

After I publish a pattern like my newest pattern, Lil' Bear Hugs, ideas on pushing it further flood my head. I try very hard to keep the actual pattern sweet and simple, but that doesn't mean the creativity stops there. So, in the spirit of play, here is a fun detailing about this pattern. You too can create a trio of bears, the three little bears: Papa, Mama and Baby bear.

Each bear shown uses the exact same pattern instructions, knit and felted the same. The only differences are the yarn weights and the double point needle sizes used. In addition, once felted and stuffed, the bear is embellished using smaller size noses and eyes to accommodate each bear size. A little more freehand on the embellishing. 

The Papa Bear measures about 7.5-inch/19-cm tall, not including the ears. The Mama Bear measures about 6-inch/15.24-cm tall, and the Baby Bear, about 4.5-inch/11.43-cm tall. The Lil' Bear Hugs pattern instructions are for a worsted weight yarn bear using size 10.5 double points (this is the largest bear shown). The next size bear uses sport weight yarn and size 8 double points and the littlest bear uses fingering weight yarn and size 5 double points as shown in the chart below.

I will be purchasing Nature Spun yarns in all these weights soon here, so if you too want to create your own trio of bears in matching colors, you can with a little help from me. Stay tuned! 

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

NEW! 5-mm glass eyes on wire pins

5-mm glass eyes on wire pins

The Lil' Bear Hugs pattern is launched, and I now have available for sale the black 5-mm glass eyes on wire pins in my Etsy shoppe. I love these eyes for their sparkle! The glass eye is obviously 5-mm wide and the pin length is about 1/2-inch. All you do is use a felting needle to poke an indent where you want the eye to pop into. A tapestry needle, especially a sharp-end one, works well too!

NOTE: The bear pattern instructions gives two options for the eyes: glass eyes or yarn eyes. Yarn eyes are recommended for younger children because of the danger of swallowing. 

Once the eyes are inserted into the bear's head, and the final desired position is determined, the next step is to glue it into position. Ease the eye out slightly from the head and apply a small amount of craft glue along the eye pin. Then insert the eye back into the head, pressing down slightly. Allow to air dry in this position. The glue will dry clear even if too much glue oozes out.

The glue I like to use is Crafter's Pick THE ULTIMATE. You can buy it at any craft store. This glue was recommended to me by the distributor of these glass eye pins.

So whatever your eye choice: glass or yarn, I got you covered for convenience. No need to shop around. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

Happy knitting!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

NEW! lil' bear hugs pattern

little bear hugs knitting pattern cover

lil' bear hugs PDF pattern

During these times of social distancing, Zoom meetings and a whole lot of virtual everything, what's most needed right about now is a good bear hug! Everyone we know could use a good bear hug.

And to help bring some sweetness to those we may be missing more than ever, I have created my new little comfort bear: Lil' Bear Hugs. It is my newest knit and felt pattern. In designing this bear, I turned to the process of felting because of the great texture of felted wool, and I wanted the little bear to be sturdy for continual hug ability over time. The felted bear measures about 7.5-inch/19-cm tall, not including the ears.

The pattern uses worsted weight yarn in two colors: the body color (76 yd/69.5-m) and the muzzle color (3 yd/2.74-m). The needle size is 10.5/6.5-mm double points. The bear's body is knit as one continuous piece. No sewing required! The pattern begins with knitting each leg separately then continuing up the body towards the head. The bear's muzzle, ears, arms and tail are each individually picked up and knit onto the body. Once felted, the face and paws are embellished using simple embroidery and needle felting. A hand-stitched ruffled-collar is created using a length of decorative ribbon.
close up of little bear hugs bear

bear with 5-mm glass eyes

The bear's paws consists of two parts: the yarn-paw lines and a craft-felt heart. The little heart is needle felted to the paw's underside. It is a perfect way to add a little extra loving to each bear hug! The bear eyes can be either glass or yarn. Because of the danger of swallowing, do not use glass eyes for bears of younger children. 

NOTE: For those interested in the glass eyes, they are 5-mm black glass eyes on wire pins and I sell them in sets in my Etsy store. 

Although, no one ever tires of a traditional brown-colored bear; its fun to play with a variety of yarn colors for each bear. Yarns with alpaca or mohair in them create fuzzy felted bears especially after being brushed with a nap riser brush.

My goal for early Autumn is to create a felted rabbit about the same size as the bear. Once published, I will begin designing clothes and accessories for both the rabbit and bear that will be interchangeable. 

For this pattern's recipe, I have included my most favorite blueberry muffin recipe. I have been playing with this recipe for some time and am happy with the final result. Hope you will too!

Once your little bear is finished, it is ready for gift giving! Box it up and mail him/her off to the next person on your list of special loved ones. What a surprise to receive a box of sweet bear hugs in the mail! Hugs to you!

Happy knitting!

Friday, February 14, 2020

candy corn endearments!

'sweet' deal today!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Wishing you a sweet one, full of knitting and maybe a chocolate or two!

Today I have a Valentine special for you: buy two of my PDF patterns and get a Valentine PDF pattern of your choice for FREE. My Valentine patterns include: Owl-Be-Yours!, Woolly Candy Corn, and Woolly Sweet-Hearts. The special runs through today, February 14, midnight Central Time.

In order to receive the special deal, order two PDF patterns either on my website, Etsy or Ravelry. In addition, send me a note with your pattern request. I will email the pattern file to you.

Wishing you a sweet one!

Happy knitting!