Fair season begins tonight. All entries for the Heath Fair have to be there by 8:00 p.m. I finished the bear 10 minutes ago.
Every year as I’m doing whatever project I’m doing I always look at it asking if it’s fair worthy. Does it meet my standards to be shown in public? By people who know more about what I’m doing than I do?
This year there are 3 entries for the Heath Fair and the Big E. The weaving I knew was worthy as soon as the wet finishing was done. The bear . . . I decided to sew one when I filled out the entry forms weeks ago but didn’t even begin it until last week.
I have a lot of bears that I’ve made over the years but each entry to the fair has to have been completed since the last fair. I pulled out materials that haven’t seen the light of day for years and started this little project. I finished his face (so I thought) and put all of his joints together. Stuffed his body and sat him on the table where I looked at him every time I walked by. He was off – the eyes weren’t right, the ears were cockeyed, the nose needed work. He was not fair worthy. I didn’t want anyone to look at him and wonder “What hack made this?”.
I thought about not putting him in the fair at all but remembered I had until 8 to get there and knew if he didn’t go in there was a possibility of him spending years in a closet somewhere. I moved his eyes, stitched down an ear in a better position and spent some more time on the embroidered nose. I kind of wished I’d photographed him before I fixed him. He looked at me with gratitude when I took that last stitch and brushed out his fur.
I’m telling you it’s tough being a perfectionist who anthropomorphizes her stuffed animals.
By the way – Fair bear really could use a name, any suggestions?