While it may take me a long time to design a new animal pattern, it does not take me long to design new bears. I have made a couple thousand bears in my lifetime and I kinda know what I am doin at this point.
I don't usually save old patterns once I stop making them. I feel that it's better not to because I have to keep making new ones in order to always move forward. Not to mention that after three decades if I kept them all, I would have patterns stacked to the rafters. That's not to say I won't revisit an idea though.
Quite a few years ago I made a very long, lanky bear pattern. I made about 20-25 bears from that pattern and everyone really loved them. They were nice and slouchy, very loosely jointed and a bit under stuffed in the limbs and body so they were really huggable. I had been thinking about making that style bear again for a while. So night before last I decided to sit down and design the pattern. I made it not quite as long as the first lanky bear pattern, but I like this one a great deal. He is just right!
I spent all of yesterday making the bear. I think he turned out splendidly if I do say so myself! I have a feeling he won't be here long, and when he goes I will miss him. If you would like to visit Bastian, you can do that on the Bears page of my website.
PS...I figured out what to do with the hearts I made!