One of the groups I belong to had a challenge to make something totally opposite of what we normally make. Well since I normally crochet contemporary style bears, that meant I needed to sew (not crochet) a traditional (not contemporary) bear. With that in mind I pulled out some cashmere bear fabric that I had on hand and a pattern that I'd used before and started cutting away. Then I threaded a needle and stitched every stitch by hand to make Aryanna. Once she was done she needed some finishing touches, so I tatted (again no crochet!) a collar and little flower for her ear.
My fingerstips are sore from all the stitching because they are not used to pushing and pulling a needle! I will admit to poking myself a few times as well..hehe. All in all I think it was a good exercise for me and I might make more traditionally sewn bears in the future.