This July I visited a dear friend of mine in France, and she very kindly gave me a one-on-one teddy bear workshop while I stayed with her family! I met Mimsy through Blythe collecting, and she is a talented maker who not only creates the most adorable teddy bear hats for dollies, but also is very talented in making bears! You might have spotted some photos in my previous post of some cute handmade bears and helmets, which are all made by her.
I have made toys and plush from felt and fabric before, but never before have I used mohair or learnt the unique 'craft' that is bear-making. And as it turns out, the 'craft' of teddy bear making is like any other hobby like knitting or crochet in that it follows traditional tools and techniques. As Mimsy said, once you learn how to make a bear you will never forgot how to do it! (Well I hope for my sake this is true...)
Despite all his flaws, I really do love my first teddy bear. He will always remind me of the wonderful time I had abroad, and my wonderful week with my dear friend who not only opened her home to me, but also shared her talents and skills with me. Here's hoping to many more teddy bears in the future!