Bear making has been part of my
life in some form or fashion ever since I can remember, creating my first
original pattern (crude but cute) when I was about 9 years old. What I wouldn't
do to have that bear now!
I do still make the occasional larger scale
bear, but mini's have captured my heart. I like to work with Mohair, vintage
fabrics, upholstery fabric or a combination of all of those and some bears I
add painted highlights to as well.
I design all my patterns myself and
for the most part each of the bears are one of a kind, I may reuse a pattern in
the future but the bears will never be alike, they are each unique with their
own personal features and personalities.
A bear, irregardless of it's
size can be many things. It should, first and foremost, make a person smile,
and if one of the bears I create does that, then all the many hours of work are
well worth the effort. A bear should be able to bring comfort when needed,
always lift the spirit, and if they can evoke a giggle or two that's even
"Foz", open-mouth design, is made from upholstery
fabric. He is 2 1/2" and string limb jointed.
"Ursula" is 2 3/4" and made from Mohair.
is string limb jointed, and cotter pin jointed in the neckl.