Fabric mini - 1990 - first show with ABC, only because I'm 'local' & SO fortunate to've had first experiences with one of the premier Bear Show Agents.
Needle Felting - 2000.
You all do such excellent work - I can hardly believe it's been less than 10 years for most of you - Outstanding!!!
I have made cloth and crocheted items since my daughter was little. She is 42 now. I made my first miniature bear 3 inches about 10 yrs ago. I fell in love with them. I can keep a lot more in a small place then the big bears. I live in a very small house. I have worked most of my life and now that I finally retired. I plan to make more bears cause they make me happy. I think all my family still have one or more of the bears I made them. My husband has a lot of medical problem and the mini bears are easy to take with me, to doctor appointments. It makes time pass while waiting and I really enjoy doing it. It keeps my mind and hands busy and the little bears keep me company. Hope everyone loves thems as much as I do.
Only 3 years But I would not be selling my bears professionally unless I would love to buy them myself. I also put my best work into every bear. My mum taught me how to create them, even how to sew - and now we make our bears together. Mum's been making them for a bit over 10 years so she's a great teacher. We teach each-other, mum never drew her own pattern before I suggested ways of how - hence we have only just gone professional. Mum also never tried shading etc on the bears but now we both love it! So we teach each other and it is great
Wow. This post started ages ago! I'll add in my info... I've been making toys since I was small, as gifts for grandparents, and my little sister. But in the current bear world I started early 90's. Craft shows, and small bear shows locally at first. What fun it has been and I still love it. I can't make as many as I used to but I still enjoy the process and love meeting all my friends at the shows!
YES . . . this thread started back in 2006! I looked back at page 1 and noticed I had put 8 - going on 9 - years. Well, it's now 15 years! And as I perused all three pages, I saw lots of members that were very active back in those days, that I don't see anymore. Times do change . . . especially thanks to Facebook and all the other social sites that are available.
I just started about two, maybe three years ago but my bear-making has been few and far between unfortunately! :redface: I've made about four bears so far, none of them are a style I'm totally happy with yet. I just keep tweaking and fussing and tweaking and it feels like I never get anywhere haha! I'm currently in the midst of trying something not so beary and seeing how that goes! :pray:
I too would love to bear-make full time! But for me it's just a hobby and I've been bear-making for about 2 years now and still feel very new to it. Never attempted to sew anything before I started making bears (all clothes alterations and repairs still end up at my Nan's house!).
I have never read this thread before and I really enjoyed it! As talented as everyone on here is I can't believe some of you have only been making bears a year or two!! I made my first bear in December 2007 because I had moved from South Florida to Tennessee and I wanted to send something to my brother that was still in Florida. A teddy bear seemed like the perfect thing. It was a Butterick pattern I think? One bear was all it took. I have slowed down at times due to a demanding job and family issues but I always find my way back to making bears.