Sunday, October 6, 2013


I've been creating Shari bears in memory of my sister who passed away in June.  Her children found her wedding dress and considered throwing it out as the white satin had turned a lovely shade of yellow from being packed away for 50+ years.  But the reuse/recycle  gene that I inherited from either my German grandmother or perhaps further back from the Native culture said, "Wait, I think I can use that."

I soaked the fabric in an equal solution of hot water, OxyClean and Biz for 24 hours and I was pleased with the results.  Tell me what you think.

 This beaded "wing" was a design on one of Shari's sweaters.

Another version

And, another
This is a close-up of the head.  Again, the beaded motif was rescued from the sweater.

Making these bears are always a challenge to my creativity as well as being therapeutic.  It is my hope that the story of these bears are told to future generations.   


Vickie said...

They turned out beautiful. I love that you make memory bears for people it is a special gift.

Barbara said...

These are beautiful, Diane. Your sister would be so pleased.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a wonderful save of the wedding dress, and also of some of your sisters memories for the whole family to cherish.

Angie said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful way to re-use and share your sister's wedding gown. Just beautiful.

Carol E. said...

They are fabulous! Great way to re-use the wedding dress!