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Slow Stitch Polar Bear Review

Slow Stitch Polar Bear Kit

I’ve spent the past couple of months trying out a new-to-me craft called slow stitching. I got a beautiful Wattle & Loop Slow Stitch Polar Bear kit from Timberdoodle in exchange for my honest review.

Instruction Booklet

The full-color instruction booklet provided very detailed step-by-step directions for completing the project. Other than the photos and diagram, there is no pattern, so no two projects will end up exactly alike.

Instruction Booklet

That leaves room for improvisation, which is great if the person doing the project is extremely creative or values freedom of expression.

Slow Stitch Polar Bear

For more methodical artists or those with little prior experience plying needle and thread, I’d suggest making photocopies of the master diagram to use as a pattern for cutting out the various scraps of fabric.

Blue Base Layer

I did okay just eyeballing the shapes for the icy ground. But when it came time to cut out the polar bears, I wanted a little more help.

Photocopied Pattern

The copy paper pattern worked like a charm. I made three copies so I could cut out full back pieces despite the fact parts of the shapes were hidden by more forward elements.

Slow Stitch Polar Bear

Also be aware that the fabric scraps supplied in the kit won’t necessarily match the patterns shown in the photographs. There was not as broad a range of colors in my scraps as was pictured, but you can use darker and lighter threads for the top-stitching to add more depth and variety.

Slow Stitch Polar Bear

You’ll want to follow the directions closely for the best results. I forgot to fray the edges of my fabric pieces before stitching them on the background (note all the straight edges in the photo above). So I had to go back after the fact and use my needle to pull off the outer threads of those layers, leading to the shaggier, frayed edges you see which mimic fur in the photo below.

Completed Slow Stitch Polar Bear

Would you or someone you know like to give slow stitching a try? You can order Slow Stitch Polar Bear through Timberdoodle as a stand alone product or as part of Timberdoodle’s Seventh Grade Curriculum Kit.

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PLEASE NOTE: As a member of the Timberdoodle blog team, I routinely receive free or deeply discounted products in exchange for writing honest reviews. Opinions expressed in these posts are 100% my own. I’ve been a happy and enthusiastic Timberdoodle customer for decades — long before I ever started blogging for their company.

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