When I was just a little thing, I was given a teddy bear. The teddy’s name was “Pinney Bear”. Pinney Bear was a great friend and went everywhere with me. She even traveled on our family vacations to various wonderful places in the United States, Canada and abroad.
After moving to North Carolina four years ago, I found a two-piece teddy pattern in one of my boxes and decided to try making a teddy. “Smokey” turned out pretty well but I wanted to try making one with legs and arms that moved. So I purchased a jointed teddy pattern and haven’t stopped making bears since.
I now design my own bears. Each one is a little different since I am always tweaking the patterns in some way. Most of my bears are made from mohair and are stuffed using excelsior, polyfill, cedar chips, glass, steel and/or plastic beads. Some of the larger bears have a growler in their tummy. They are all fully jointed using lock nuts or cotter pins.
One of my favorite things about bear making is finishing the teddy’s face – I just love to see their expressions and those little eyes looking back at me. It makes me smile every time.
I hope they make you smile too!
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