How I began making teddy bears.
This little guy started it all! Several years ago, I purchased a kit and as the saying goes, “That was history”. In December of 2006 the bug really bit!
I am a teacher, so my “spare” time is very limited. That December found me with some of that spare time to “play” with all that mohair I had accumulated. I stitched a few more kits and then set out to design my very own special bear.
I wanted a way for collectors to be able to identify my bears that would set me apart from all other bear artists. Since my other love is cross stitch, I came up with a way to incorporate my logo; the two hearts, on my bears’ foot pads or paw pads or you will find a double heart charm; either silver or brass, somewhere on the bear.
My bears are made with the finest mohair or faux fur. They are five way jointed and stuffed with either pellets, copper coated steel shot, glass beads, two different types of polyfil fiber, and always lots of love.
I use German glass colored eyes, mostly black, but depending on the color of mohair I use on a bear, some eyes are handpainted by me. My noses are embroidered using many different types of threads; silk, velvet, cotton, yarn, etc… Some of my noses are needle felted with the finest wool. My paw and foot pads are lined and made with either an over dyed linen or an evenweave fabric, and my logo is cross stitched onto the left foot pad or left paw pad, using over dyed silk threads or over dyed cotton threads. If I use felt, mohair, or ultrasuede on the paw and foot pads, somewhere on the bear will be a double heart charm made from brass or silver.
Each bear is identified with my logo, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, "The Bear Essentials" (facts about the making of your bear) and my “tush” tag already sewn in.