About Me

I’m Sam Glanville, the artist and creator of The Thing About Bears. I pride myself on creating hand-crafted, quality bears, and needle-felted crafts. I create bespoke Bears to order as well as crafting Bears of my own design, and have ventured into the art of needle-felting, for which I also accept new commissions.

What started as a passionate hobby whilst looking after my young children, has now blossomed into a full-time career. I have real passion and much enthusiasm for bear-making and get a lot of enjoyment designing and creating new patterns and trying out new ideas for Bears and craft projects.

I get a tremendous amount of enjoyment and satisfaction from making bears and love the idea that one of my creations can make other people smile. I am a firm believer that we do not choose the bear, but the bear chooses us. Whilst I find it very hard to part with my bears, I know that they will be given a loving, caring home by whoever they choose to live with. Once you adopt your own beautiful, unique Bear, it will become a cherished part of your family forever.

My Bears have been sold in shops across the country, including Baskets and Bows in the Lakeside Shopping centre, The Corn Exchange in Rye, Christina and Co in Canterbury, Swanstitch in Deal, and many more. I also attend many craft fairs throughout Kent, and will announce these as events on my Blog. Feel free to drop by to have a browse and a chat.

Please contact me here or give me a call on 01304 369 253 should you wish to discuss the creation of your own hand-crafted Bear or needle-felted project.