Michelle's Profile

About

Primarily a self-taught artist, I've been designing and handsewing my collectible teddy bears for over 24 years.

Through the years, I learned the “art” of bear making after completing hundreds of teddy bears using a variety of fabric mediums and a few store bought patterns. These included mohair, plush, recycled furs from old coats and occasionally recycled blankets and other types of clothing with each one generally being a one-of-a-kind creation including several theme based teddy bears.

In addition to my very traditional designs, I create unique miniatures ranging in size 2 inches to 5 inches which sell to dedicated collectors from all over the world. One of my favorite buyers (and now a good friend!) from Scotland boasts a very large collection of my miniature creations which she then uses as models to create her own unique artist prints using…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 16
  • Joined June 19, 2009

Favorite materials

Mohair and Vintage Velvets

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TeddiesandVintage
Artist Bears, Supplies and Vintage...

About

Primarily a self-taught artist, I've been designing and handsewing my collectible teddy bears for over 24 years.

Through the years, I learned the “art” of bear making after completing hundreds of teddy bears using a variety of fabric mediums and a few store bought patterns. These included mohair, plush, recycled furs from old coats and occasionally recycled blankets and other types of clothing with each one generally being a one-of-a-kind creation including several theme based teddy bears.

In addition to my very traditional designs, I create unique miniatures ranging in size 2 inches to 5 inches which sell to dedicated collectors from all over the world. One of my favorite buyers (and now a good friend!) from Scotland boasts a very large collection of my miniature creations which she then uses as models to create her own unique artist prints using anything from water color paints to ink.

While some of the bears remain close to home, I am proud to say that many of them are now residing in new homes all over the world including England, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan and the US!

I hope that someday soon, one of my little bears will make their way into your heart!

I'm also dabbling in the art of watercolor and mixed media and hope to someday add some unique pieces of artwork to my shop:)

You'll notice in my shop that I also love anything vintage! My husband and I enjoy creeping around junk shops, antique malls, yard sales, thrift shops...anywhere we might find a new treasure to add to our ever growing collections of this, that and the other thing! We love kitchenware from the 1950's, vintage Fisher Price Toys, vintage dolls and bears, some glassware, vintage bar ware, vintage clothing, hats, purses, etc....the list goes on and when we have more than we can handle...we pop it in my shop and see what happens! When vintage items sell, then we know we have room to hunt for more! There's a method to my madness! With that being said, you never know what will end up in here! Happy treasure hunting!

Thanks for checking me out!
Big Bear Hugs!
Michelle

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