|Pattern pieces for Ed Ted's head, with ears and eyes in centre, and cotter pin attaching head to body next to them|
|These are the contents of Ed Ted's tummy. Again, kapok and wood chips.|
|Ed Ted's arms, around the tummy contents|
In this picture, you can see the enormous cotter pins that were used to keep Ed's limbs attached to his body. Isobel raided Peter's tool-box for a pair of pliers and managed to unwind them so that we could take them out of three out of four attachments. The fourth had to be cut around, but we should be able to make a pattern without that particular limb, so when he's finally made up, Ed will have two arms and two legs that match.
Here is a photograph of the five cotter pins together, before disposal in the garbage bin, together with the pliers that managed to extract them without causing too much damage to Ed's remaining body fabric. They took up a fair amount of space within his body, didn't they?
Now the first stage of Ed's rejuvenation thereapy is over. Currently, as Isobel types this post, all the pieces are soaking in warm, soapy water in order to remove the inevitable grime that has accrued after years of playtime and other adventures with RFE and others. They will be rinsed out before Isobel goes to bed tonight, and hopefully will be dry enough for ironing tomorrow - when Isobel has a whole lot of laundry to deal with anyway.
We've asked for a biography of Ed Ted so we can include it in a future blog, but - so far - it's not arrived. RFE is travelling, so it may prove difficult to pin him down, but we'll keep trying.
It's been a long blog today, but there are a lot of pictures to break up the prose! Hope you've not been too upset by some of them. But, to be fair to Ed Ted, they had to be shown. Cheers for now. Cy Bear