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I'm a disabled, house bound, senior lady. I retired early from paid employment due to progressive poor health in 2005. I didn't like having to retire but I love that I now have more time to be creative and enjoy my hobbies (when health allows). I've had Arthritis for over 30 years and it has progressed slowly, so I've been lucky enough to do the things I love for a long time.

I've been an artist of one kind or another all my life. I'm happiest when I'm making things!

All my Fabric critters are unique, one of a kind creations, usually Mohair, & crafted entirely by HAND! They are sold at COST, so I can afford to buy more fabrics etc. Each bear comes with an official tag stating name, date of birth & the artists Logo.

Names can be changed by the buyer if you let me know before I mail out, so I can print a new tag?…

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  • Female
  • Joined December 16, 2007

Favorite materials

Mohair, silk, cotton, wool, alpaca, imagination, Quartz, Agate, Jade, Jasper, Silver

About

I'm a disabled, house bound, senior lady. I retired early from paid employment due to progressive poor health in 2005. I didn't like having to retire but I love that I now have more time to be creative and enjoy my hobbies (when health allows). I've had Arthritis for over 30 years and it has progressed slowly, so I've been lucky enough to do the things I love for a long time.

I've been an artist of one kind or another all my life. I'm happiest when I'm making things!

All my Fabric critters are unique, one of a kind creations, usually Mohair, & crafted entirely by HAND! They are sold at COST, so I can afford to buy more fabrics etc. Each bear comes with an official tag stating name, date of birth & the artists Logo.

Names can be changed by the buyer if you let me know before I mail out, so I can print a new tag?

I also take commissions, but be aware, I'm slow and each critter can take weeks to complete!

I'm a part-trained Graphic Artist - (had to give it up to take paid work) before that I was a more physical artist (I enjoyed, drawing, painting, sculpting and carving) for most of my life until arthritis in my hands progressed to the point that I was no longer able.

I've also been a dressmaker for most of my life too, I got my 1st sewing machine aged 13 but before that did a lot of hand stitching. I took up knitting in 1979 (when my Son was born) and was later regularly commissioned to make knitted garments for 'Wool Shop' windows, this stopped when I returned to paid employment as I just didn't have the time. I stopped using patterns for the most part and preferring to create from my own imagination for some years. I had to give it up completely for a while due to progression of my Arthritis in 2006 (I lost the use of both thumbs completely for about a year). I now manage to do a little bit of knitting again, mostly for dolls. I enjoy creating clothes for smaller challenges (adult items are just too heavy for my hands to lift and manoeuvre).

More recently, I've taken up jewellery making again, which I haven't done in years. This is a hobby I can do in my sitting room without making too much mess and I can usually complete a necklace in a couple of days, so that's less time intensive (as I get tired very easily). I firstly started making things for myself but realised that I have way too many so now sell a few, these are all brand new and have never been worn.

I've discovered that most of the arty people I've met (online) are lovely, warm, helpful people, no matter where in the world they live. Also, a good proportion of them are disabled in some form and/or have Arthritis in their hands. I guess that also goes with the territory. Can I just officially thank all the well known (and not so well known) bear artists that have nurtured me and helped selflessly when I started my bear journey. Love & Bear Hugs to you all, you know who you are.XXXXXXXX

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