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Once upon a time in the early 1980s, I enjoyed making toys and gifts for my friends and family, especially my children.

When a family member living in Florida encouraged me to send some items to a shop with which she was associated, I was very excited. The idea that my creations would be purchased by others gave me the confidence to try another venue – craft shows. Bears and Critters evolved as I spent the next several years traveling to various shows in the Midwest.

Originally, I made a wide variety of items to sell in my booth, but I most enjoyed making teddy bears. My first bears were definitely not either collector-worthy or child-safe. In fact, I struggled to find a way to make them stay together! When I was nearly ready to give up, I found a book with clear, detailed instructions. By the time I mastered its techniques, the book was dog-eared and worn, but I ha…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 1
  • Joined February 18, 2012

Favorite materials

Mohair, Alpaca, Synthetic Plush, Pearl Cotton, buttons, ultra suede, suede cloth, wool, Marino wool, antique handmade lace, crown joints, velvet, velveteen

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About

Once upon a time in the early 1980s, I enjoyed making toys and gifts for my friends and family, especially my children.

When a family member living in Florida encouraged me to send some items to a shop with which she was associated, I was very excited. The idea that my creations would be purchased by others gave me the confidence to try another venue – craft shows. Bears and Critters evolved as I spent the next several years traveling to various shows in the Midwest.

Originally, I made a wide variety of items to sell in my booth, but I most enjoyed making teddy bears. My first bears were definitely not either collector-worthy or child-safe. In fact, I struggled to find a way to make them stay together! When I was nearly ready to give up, I found a book with clear, detailed instructions. By the time I mastered its techniques, the book was dog-eared and worn, but I had learned to make bears that held together and were appealing. Once I had mastered the basic bear-making skills, I branched out to do my own designs.

At this time, I have 20 basic designs that are my own, four of which are new in 2012. Making bears continues to be appealing for me because even though I use a design many times, each bear is unique due to the variety of fur and all the detail work that is done by hand. Even after years of making a particular design, each bear ends up with a different expression and personality.

If you would like to learn more about how I make my bears, see more styles, or additional bears and clothes, please visit my website, www.bearsandcritters.com!

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