|Sunny is 4½" tall. He is made of
hand-dyed upholstery velvet and has real suede paws. His eyes are glass beads
and he has an embroidered face, thread jointed and is sporting a tiny straw hat
with a small sunflower on it. He has been out picking sunflowers and has a
basket over his shoulder and is riding home on a rustic stick rocking
I immigrated from the
Netherlands in 1952 and brought with me my own teddy which I still cherish
today. He has been a great inspiration in my bearmaking.
My bears range
in size from 1" to 42". Over the years they have gradually become smaller and
smaller, somehow challenging myself to see just how small I could go and still
keep the quality and character of each bear. Expressions are very important to
me so a great deal of time is spent on the face. I enjoy putting them in a
setting or have them doing something, so I am always on the lookout at flea
markets and antique shows for tiny accessories which I can incorporate to form
a new little character.
My miniatures are gaining popularity everywhere.
They have made their way to Europe as well as Disney World in Florida and many
parts of Canada from B.C. to Nova Scotia. More recently, they will appear in an
upcoming issue of Teddy Bear and Friends. My bears can be found primarily at
shows, retail outlets and home shows as well as my home studio.
|Furooki is 42" tall and made of imitation
mink recycled from a coat, wearing a vintage silk kimono with obi and brocade
cord. She has a "netsuke" attached to her kimono and a fan. Her feet are made
with a big toe so that she can wear actual Japanese shoes - a child's size with
little bells in the heels. She is one-of-a-kind, and while not for sale, a
similar one can be ordered.
c/o Yvonne Stirling
Phone: (613) 599-1374
stirling AT sympatico.ca