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Karen Knapp

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Karen Knapp


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About TindleBears

Sales 402
On Etsy since 2008

Why "Tindle Bears"?

When my son was about 2 (he's now 18!) he began to ask me to make him a teddy bear. He couldn't quite say "teddy" so it came out more like treddle...then tiddle....until it was whittled down into Tindle. So when I sat down to start my business and I needed a good original name, I thought "how perfect is that?!".

Shop members

  • Karen Knapp

    Owner, Creator, Keeper Of The Fluffy Stuff

    I am the keeper of the fluffy stuff! First of her name. The mother of bears! Bringer of fabric! Buyer of lit-eraly anything I can use in my work. And I like dogs.

  • Pudgie

    Marketer, Kind Of A Big Deal

    Pudgie came on board 2016 and has since become an integral part of the branding team for Tindle Bears. His ability to pose endlessly for photographs while appearing deliriously happy has been rivaled by no other on the team.He’s up for any challenge.

  • Pudgie again

    Yes, He’s Listed Twice...

    Cuz that’s how he rolls...remember, he’s kind of a big deal.

  • Um...not this guy

    Seriously, Don’t Turn Your Back On This One!

    He’s a touch much!

  • Peaches!!!

    Executive Assistant Of Studio Management

    You want something done? Peaches is on it! She rallies the troops, and keeps everything in order! She organizes my purse while at shows and brings customers to my table! Super into science and exploration. Came on board the team just this year 😊

  • Penny

    Numbers Runner

    Penny is the newest on the team. But has proven herself to be a valuable member to the team. An expert calculator, she knows the odds of success in any business situation. And can get you 15% or more on car insurance.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 3, 2018
I produce only the warmest hugs and friendliest faces for you to come home to.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
It's my goal to make you a happy customer, even if for some reason you need to return the bear, I want it to be a no-stress transaction. I will refund the purchase price (not shipping) when the bear gets back to me and if the bear can be sold again and is in pristine condition. Most of it is a case by case basis and so far I haven't had any returns :) I also do repair work as well.
I do take payments! I can set up a payment plan for you for any bear over $100.00.
Just message me and I can set you up :)
I can tuck your bear in his box and send him on his way as soon as payment is received. My bears love to travel :)
Shipping cost always includes insurance! International orders please contact me first for rates, I'm not familiar with international customs so please ask your post office first, as some of my larger bears can have a hefty customs. Thanks so much!!!
Additional policies and FAQs

Why can't my child play with your bears?
Tindle Bears are artist teddy bears made specifically for adult collectors or older teens. They are weighted for a heavier feel. Their jointed limbs can not support the weight during the rigors of play. Every Tindle Bear also has small parts and fine details that are not meant to be stressed during playtime activities. For the safety of your child I advise against giving your Tindle Bear to anyone under the age of 15 or 16.

Why are they so expensive?
Several reasons!
A lot of time goes into creating each bear individually. It can take upwards of 16 hours to make a single large Tindle Bear. There is no assembly line in my studio.
Each pattern was drafted and tested before it became a viable product. Plus, you won't find these bears anywhere else as I do not sell my patterns.
I use premium supplies to bring you the highest quality artist teddy bear.
You're not just paying for a bear, you're paying for an heirloom piece of hand crafted art, quality materials and hours of labor.

Did you make them yourself?
YES!!! I make each Tindle Bear from start to finish! Each different design you see is a different pattern that began as concept art. The concept art was then adapted into a paper pattern that has been tested and tried to perfection. Most of the accessories that come with your Tindle Bear were also handmade by me.

Are you an eco friendly studio?
YES! When shipping products, we often reuse packaging. I also use a lot of repurposed fabrics, and throws. The felt I use in my shop is 100% recycled spun plastic bottles.

Do you do custom orders?
Yes and no. Yes, I can make a custom order during the off season.
Unfortunately I am not able to take custom orders during the peak times of September through Christmas.

Where else can I find updates on your work?
Visit our website at www.tindlebears.com
Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tindlebears
We are also on Pinterest, Twitter and Flickr
You can also email us anytime at tindlebears [!at] yahoo.com

Do you ship internationally?
Absolutely! Contact me with your city and post code so that I can get you a quote. Be advised though, I am not familiar with the customs fees internationally so be sure to check with your post office as to what charges you might be responsible for. I have sent many bears internationally and know there can be high fees on your end.

Where are you from?
I live in Xenia, Ohio in the United States. With my wonderful husband, son, dogs and cat.