Memories to Heirlooms
Memories to Heirlooms
In 2011 I started a business called “Keepsakes for You.” It was the same concept as Remember When Studio, with a focus on making only bears and bunny keepsakes. The business never got off the ground because I took a job at local nonprofit, but before that job offer, I did a lot of work that is now benefitting Remember When Studio. First, I had to rework the pattern. I had been using Vogue patterns, but drafted new ones so that I had original work.
Here are Bearlooms I made before I redrafted the pattern.
My Bearlooms' bellies are rounder, with curved arms, more pronounced bottoms and the chin piece, called a gusset, gives a rounder, sweeter face. I am really pleased with the changes. As you can see, I added the buttoned flap that protects the heart to the Vogue pattern.
The Vogue bunny pattern I redrafted from the start to create a unique Hareloom pattern. It took several tries to get it where I wanted it. Their ears are stiffened yet still flexible, arms are curved, bellies plump. They make me "Hoppy"! (Hee, hee!)
A friend had lent me an embroidery machine, so of course I added quotes to personalized them. Next, I divided them into three categories;
All Bear/Harelooms have a heart: some are protected with pockets, while others wear them out where all can see!
I especially enjoyed working with materials that are not traditionally sewn. Since the 60's I had saved a Valentine from my Aunt Murph and was pleased how well it sewed into the leg of my personal Hareloom. On my family Hareloom I used a baby ID necklace as a glasses holder for Grandma's sewing glasses. I assume the necklace was my sister's, since she always told me I wasn't born at the hospital, but rather arrived on the family doorstep wrapped in newspaper. Luckily, she fought to keep me!
When I look at any of the heirlooms I have made, stories play in my head. To help keep those stories alive I decided it was essential to have a pocket in each heirloom to hold a story starter booklet that explains the meaning behind each piece used to make it. Below is what I wrote for my personal Hareloom, pictured above.
Jean's Personal Hare-loom
Now that we are "bearly" in business again as Remember When Studio, you can contact us to make an heirloom for you or someone you love!
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Jean is the owner and designer for Remember When Studio.