There has been quite a time lag between Part One and Part Two of Fred Bear's rejuvenation. Isobel first told you about it in our post on August 8th this year. Since then, Fred has been in a plastic bag keeping the dust off him, so this is how he looked as Isobel began to treat him about 10 days ago. (He's been home for nearly a week now, but this is first time I've been allowed near the computer!).
|On the ironing board, without any stuffing|
|You can see the darned areas - a little!|
Then the paw pads were cut out, using the existing ones as a pattern, and Isobel very carefully removed any remaining vestiges of the last two variations on each paw. She stuffed each limb from the end (she had left all the limbs attached to the body as the cotter pins used to fix them were so thick and stiff that she would have been unable to reuse them had she taken them off. She did with some of our other Bear Patients, but did not want to damage Fred's existing coat in any way. Here are some pictures showing the limb treatment in progress.
|The pads were made with chapagne coloured chamoix leather|
|Growlers are "big" pieces to go inside a Bear's stomach!|
Once the growler was in place, Isobel stuffed Fred's body very firmly, to allow for the usual relaxing that happens after us toys get the polyester fibre inside us, and Fred was ready to be sent home. Here are some more photographs of him before he was wrapped in chemical free tissue paper, and then had a covering of bubblewrap to keep everything in position when placed in the large polythene envelope for his journey home. He was posted on a Tuesday - when Isobel goes to Zumba class, in the village where there is a Post Office that will handle parcels of Fred's size - and he arrived back home in Lincolnshire the next day.
So ends another successful treatment in the ColdhamCuddlies Soft Toy Clinic (Etsy Listing #79124185). I'll be back soon to tell you how Lop Eared Rabbit Arm Puppet got on with his treatment - but Isobel needs to find a child model so she can demonstrate how the puppet works. It's slightly more complicated than the Glove Puppets. I believe she is going to visit the Village School later this week - when it decides to stop raining - and ask if she can "borrow a pupil" for this purpose. Who knows, she might get some orders for the ColdhamCuddlies version of the Puppet - because, of course, once the pictures are taken, Lop Eared Rabbit, Long Legged Tiger, Sleepy Kitten and Little Brown Ted can then return home to their Toy Box home with Pam L.
Good night. I'll be back soon - promise! All the best. Cy Bear.