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Artist portrait: Elaine Hirst
Eden Bears (England)
Bear making means a lot to Elaine. She could not imagine life without the company of bears, be it the ones in her own hug or the ones she creates herself.
Elaine describes her bears as being very traditional in style and inspired by her passion for the early German style of bear. Read the portrait
Beautiful drawings by Rasa Kaper
As far as she remembers Rasa always loved teddy bears and beary things, and she has been collecting bears for more than 20 years now. The multi-talented artist has always been a creative person. She already had been drawing during her childhood, but she never learned how to draw professionally. Read the article
"Made by me": A stitch-by-stitch guide for kids
A stitch-by-stitch guide to knitting, sewing and embroidery for children - from award winning author Jane Bull.
With the help of this book children learn basic sewing, embroidery and knitting techniques.
There are various creative projects, from bags, brooches, and bobble hats, to jazzing up clothes and making pictures. More details on Amazon
Book recommendation: "Bear Basics & Beyond"
By Helen Gleeson (Bare Cub Designs)
"Bear Basics and Beyond" (released in 2011) is an inspirational beautiful book including the "Bear Basics",
covering furs, tools and step by step photo guides to "Beyond" where Helen Gleeson shares
all her own experiences as a bear artist. Find out more
Artist Portrait: Berta Hesen-Minten
Berta started making bears and animals more than 20 years ago. At first for her children as a toy to play with.
Later she visited a show and admired the miniature bears very much.
They looked so sweet, tiny and helpless and still they gave her joy. Read the portrait
Workshop: How to wax an embroidered nose
A Tutorial by Paula Carter
The neater the nose stitching, the better result you will achieve from your waxing.
Paula Carter (All Bear from England) explains in her step-by-step tutorial, how the nose waxing works. Find out more
Artist Portrait: Susan Mitchell
Blue Valley Bears (Australia)
Susan Mitchell specialised in the use of recycled vintage mink fur, and she
creates bears and animals in a contemporary and whimsical fashion. Her first bear, however,
was a large fluffy gold synthetic bear - a present for her daughter Samantha. Read the portrait
patchwork, appliqué and embroidery.
Patchwork isn’t just about making quilts. "Pretty Patchwork Gifts" offers a wide range of quick-to-stitch patchwork patterns to get you started:
from appliqué cushion designs and doll’s quilts, to pretty birdhouses, brooches, boxes and soft toy rabbits.
With easy-to-follow instructions, diagrams and templates and full-colour photography.