FO Friday – Mint Delight

thread bear close-up

Update 5/4:  The winners have been announced.  You can see them at  I didn’t win this time / again – but I don’t care.  I’m pretty proud of my bear and purse.  I like that they made mine “Best Travel Companion” 🙂

Hurray! I finished this with two days to spare before the deadline!  I’ve entered another Yahoo group “threadanimals” challenge.  For the month of April it was “What is your bear’s PURSE-onality?”  Each entry needed to show a bear with a purse – inside, holding, or whatever.

Nordstrom Hobo purse as a coin purse

If you recall, I had worked on a thread version of the Nordstrom Hobo Bag back in February, but I never seemed to quite finish it.  Maybe because I HATE sewing, and all I had left was to put in a lining and zipper.  I took this picture before the lining was added and with a tissue inside so you could get an idea of what the stitches looked like.

I’ve only made one other bear, but I’m beginning to realize I really enjoy working with thread – I just can’t work on it too long each night or I get cross-eyed.  The bear pattern is called Monique (I can’t find where the pattern is available anymore), but I’m calling mine Mint Delight.  Isn’t he cute?!

thread bear close-up
Nordstrom Hobo coin purse and bear

The bear is only 3” tall – 2” if he’s sitting.  The “purse” is 5 x 7 (at the bottom).  I used size 3 thread for the purse, and size 10 thread for the bear – except for the muzzle which was size 30.  Wow, is that small stuff!  I might have to stick with size 10 for now.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with the way they turned out.  Just don’t look too closely at the stitching on the inside.  (Did I mention I HATE sewing?)

Hobo coin purse and bear interior

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