Homage to Honesty.

Have you ever had one of those weeks?

You know, the ones where you have a ton of friends and family in town, doing renovations for the elders and celebrating birthdays. And there’s a giant waterslide/bounce house in your driveway with a dozen kids running in and out, leaving puddles everywhere. It is loud, yet wonderful. And in the slivers of quiet moments, you work on your knitting–trying to meet a deadline… a deadline you told everyone to “mark the calendars” for. And you’ve been practicing shrinking wool for like eight months now, and you’re so excited that you THINK you’ve perfected it. Your mom (the master at it) offers to help finish shrinking a couple of dolls that you still have left to do. And she super-shrinks it (which is what you wanted!), but you realize that the waist is a good inch smaller than your other dolls (which may as well be a mile). And that’s fine and dandy. But, you’ve already jointed all your other dolls, which now must be cut apart and shrunken more. Oh, and don’t forget that you made 27 dresses for them. TWENTY SEVEN. And it won’t work, because you wanted to give people an option to purchase different outfits for the dolls–which means that they’d all have to be the same size. And so here you are, a 29-year-old woman, crying into doll dresses…

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… and you’re cursing your ambition and praying for sanity. And you’re thinking that working in customer service at the bank doesn’t seem so bad now. That maybe, handling dental insurance claims was just a walk in the park.

And when you pull it together after going through the seven stages of grief with your tiny knitted dolls, you begin to amputate those limbs and get back to work. Because, it’s what you truly love to do.

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Then you pour yourself another cup of coffee, eat birthday cake for breakfast, and pray that it won’t be another year before you get these done. And you share your experience and honesty with other ‘Purveyors of Perfection’ and hope that they’ll have a good laugh, maybe even sympathize. That they’ll understand the strife in striving for better, in knowing that settling is not an option. And now you’re truly understanding that being a ‘maker’ is so much more than just “making.”

Sincerely, Rhonda

 

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A Shrunken Wool Trio.

Like many of you, we have been enjoying being outdoors in the warm sunshine. In the (less) amount of time we’ve spent indoors, we have continued to keep our creating hands busy. We’ve had inquiries as to when we are going to be offering some new items, so we are here to announce to everyone that our target date for launching the new website will be July 1st! Mark your calendar!

In the meantime, here’s a couple of items you can keep an eye out for ahead of time–created by the hands of Sue Aucoin! And be sure to check back soon for some fun blog posts as well!

Shrunken wool trio crocheted artist dolls and bears Out of the Thistle Blog outofthethistle

Shrunken wool duo crocheted artist dolls and bears Out of the Thistle Blog outofthethistle

 

 

Provisional patterns.

With the big changes in this company’s name and appearance, we have also decided to step even further from our old ‘image.’

There was a time when our first designs were new and unusual, but through the years, were duplicated so much that they just became usual. In light of this, we have decided to indefinitely retire our thread crochet patterns numbers 6-14. As you can see from the patterns below, they are in desperate need of updating!
 
 We may bring them back promotionally, eventually. Those that have purchased these patterns, please note that they are still protected by copyright laws, which will be enforced. For now, we would like to continue to differentiate our products and our business.

These patterns will be available for purchase until Mid-May.
Thank you!

-Out of the Thistle Co.

Halloween-y Black Bear!

Are you worried about things that go bump in the night? It may just be a hungry bear, looking for a midnight snack. This hungry bear prefers treats on Halloween and shows it.

Thread Bears® Fall / Autumn black bear 2This vintage-style, one-of-a-kind bear is 8 1/2″ tall (10 1/2″ including his hat). His body is sewn in a stationary position — he is perfect to hang anywhere or tuck away in a basket.

Thread Bears® black bear 5

 

I hand crocheted him out of wool yarn and then, put through a washing process in order to shrink, felt/full him.  He was also hand-dyed to aged/ faded perfection.

His face is hand embroidered. He wears his circus hat and he is also dressed in a variety of ribbons. He brings with him his “TREATS” sign. This PRiM TeD comes tagged and signed by me, Sue Aucoin at Thread Bears®.

You may view his auction here.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

 

Little teal fella.

Don’t miss a chance to bid on my newest creation! He is another one of my crocheted then fulled (or felted) bears. This large, fuzzy fella would be a perfect addition to any home décor because of his Large stance… well, large in terms of little bears! Blue Bear is a perfect size to display (8” tall) and he’s fully thread jointed. His face and claws are embroidered. He is slightly weighted with glass beads. A light shading gives him an aged appearance. To give him an antique look, I made him a granny square vest, crocheted from thread, then stained.  He wears his favorite key and tag on his front.

Felted, fulled blue bear2 by Sue Aucoin Thread Bears®

I hand crocheted him out of wool yarn and then put him through a washing process in order to felt/full his body for a more solid finish. This process takes time however, I love the finish results!

Felted, fulled blue bear5 by Sue Aucoin Thread Bears®

Felted, fulled blue bear4 by Sue Aucoin Thread Bears®

 

 

You can click on any image to see his full listing. Thanks for looking at my newest PRim TeD!!

Sue Aucoin

 

 

 

 

 

Wooly, wooly.

A few weeks ago we shared some teaser photos of a few fiber projects we’ve been working on. In what miniscule amount of free time we’ve had in-between helping care for new grandbabies, and renovating/landscaping our homes, we have made some progress on our handmade projects. We are so excited to show off the final products for some of our new patterns! We have been daydreaming of new designs for Thread Bears®, and it is so satisfying to hold the final products in our hands!

These new patterns will be for knitted items, and even felted friends! I have offered felted bears and rabbits for a few years now, and I am so excited to share my techniques with you!

trio for Thread Bears®

New Patterns for Thread Bears®Some of these patterns will be made available tomorrow, while the others are getting a once-over. I hope you enjoy making these items as much as we have had designing them.

Hugs, Sue