Friday, October 4, 2013

Custom Project: Jen's Hawaiian Bear

In my quest to put a jointed bear in every home in America, here's one more.

My jewelry-making friend, Jennifer, asked for a custom bear for her boyfriend's not-yet-born grandchild.  She said they had discussed it and he had a particular fabric in mind that had to be sent from Hawaii.

I'm expecting vivid florals, hibiscus and orchids and whatnot, but what I got was plaid.

Explanation: palaka is a Hawaiian woven fabric, traditionally done in this dark blue and white.  Who knew?  It was used for workers' clothing, and was very long-wearing and durable.

That also sounds good for a baby gift.  I'll accent it with white feet and ears, and felt eyes since it's for a little person.

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