Bears in Kettering

I am pleased to say that Sally’s new bear shop in Kettering is doing very well and she has had a lot of success already. My two elephants I sent have already been sold and my bear has been reserved. I have now sent some more bears to her. So if you are in or near Kettering why not pop in and visit the shop. It is called Bear with Me and is in Market Street. Or check out her website

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Well, Hugglets was a big success as usual. Well done to Glenn and Irene. The organisation was fantastic and everyone had a lovely day. I had my two best friends Maureen and Anita with me for the day, Anita helping behind the stand and Maureen busy taking lots of photos. Thanks, you two, you were both a great support.  It was so nice to meet new collectors and have a chat. Some of my bears, hedgehogs and elephants found new homes and I met the lovely Sally Thomas who is opening a brand new bear shop in Kettering in November and she asked me about selling some of my bears and elephants in her shop. So a few of my creations are now excitedly waiting with her for the grand opening. Good luck Sally….


Hugglets preview

Well I think I am nearly ready for Hugglets. The bears, bunnies, hedgehogs and elephants are ready to go. My stall is planned, and lots of business cards printed. Very soon the bears will be added to my bears for adoption page so you can get more details. If any of you want a lovely day out on Sunday 8th September why not treat yourself to a day in London at Kensington Town Hall for the Hugglets Teddies 2013 festival. Come and meet the bears and have a hug. I will be in Hall 1, Stand 30. For more details pop along to the Hugglets website

But here are some of the bears etc I will be taking with me


Hugglets preview

Hope to see you there

A busy couple of months

I would like to apologise for my lack of blogging for the last couple of months. I have been so busy with classes and making bears for Hugglets  that I have not had time to keep on top of my blog. I did however take photos of all the lovely bears that were made at my classes so here they are and they are definitely worth waiting for.  Again, I am so pleased with how they all turned out. Everyone should be so proud of themselves. Well done everyone.


Here are the sample bears for the bear making classes



Meet Smudge and Pickle


Bear making ClassThese are the first in my range of forgotten toys. They have the look of well loved bears. A little bit worse for wear but I’m sure they have lots of lovely memories.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I like things firm…………………….. Ladies get your minds out of the gutter please, lol (especially you Mavis)

With these bears I have had to train myself to understuff to give them that squishy soft feel of a bear who has been carried around constantly. I found this very difficult with Smudge as I was definitely out of my comfort zone as it went against everything I have learnt  but I am gradually getting used to it now and found stuffing Pickle much easier. In fact I quite like the feel of them.

They are made from the same pattern but different mohair.


Smudge is made using  grey sparse mohair Smudge

And Pickle is made with Sparse Ratinee  oatmeal mohair.

For those of you who came to the last bear making classes this is the same mohair we used before. I think it is very popular and a few people have said that they would like to use the same again



Both bears will be cut and pinned in PERFECT condition. You DO NOT have to give bald patches, add stitching or smudges.

The distressed/aged look is entirely optional.

All you need to do, is let me know as soon as possible whether you would like the grey or the oatmeal mohair so that I can get the mohair ordered. I will take the bears with me tomorrow night to my felting class and leave them at the shop so you can see them in the fur.

If you can let me know your mohair preference by the weekend, that would be great as the cutting out process takes a very long time and I would like to get started as soon as I can. You can email, text, phone or message me on facebook or you can phone the shop.

Hope you all like my new little friends, please leave comments  ……………………………….



Mohair Bear Making Classes

The May, June and August mohair bear making classes are all now fully booked. If you would like to put your name down for a class, I am happy to arrange another date if I get enough people. Contact me on 07790783559 or on facebook or contact Anita at Swanstitch or 01304 366915.

The mohair/needlefelted hedgehog class dates are now being arranged. Let us know (as above) if you would like to book. Or leave a comment on the blog.

Thanks for looking….