This is not a memory bear. I have a stash of recycled sweaters and lace that I chose from to make this bear for a friend. She received a promotion and was transferred to a distant city. It was hard for her to leave what was familiar and all the people that love her.
The bear is a symbol of something new. It is made from a brown recycled knit sweater overlaid with lace from a knit shirt. The collar is one of the ribbed cuffs, I added the crocheting. Both fabrics were, at one time, brand new. They lived out their journey serving in the area of their value and worth. Then one day they took a new path and became something new, again. Revelation 21:5
How do I share this story? My sister Diane lost her husband Garry in 2013 to a dreadful cancer. She asked me to make bears from his work shirts. I did and they are shown in another post. Then she asked if I could take a white dress shirt that Garry wore to Diane’s daughter’s wedding and combine it with his favorite flannel jammies. Isn’t he adorable?
But she also wondered if I could use the remains of the dress shirt and incorporate it with tulle and beaded lace from Heather’s wedding dress. And so I did~! The wedding bear is the white shirt material. The tulle and beaded lace are overlaid on the bear parts. The bonnet is one of the detachable cap sleeves of the dress. Engineering the remnants of lace to equally mirror or match each piece of the bear meant all of the beaded lace had to be removed from the tulle. Once positioned on the individual parts of the bear (before assembling it) all of the lace had to be re-beaded. Whew~!!
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