I have been making bears for almost ten years now.Nine of them as a full time bear maker.I have been very fortunate to be able to support my family this way.When I look back at some of the mutants I use to sell I can't believe it!!!!You are doing very well for such a short time!!!
I have been making bears for about 4 years now and designing my own for about 1 1/2 years. I never sewed a stitch before bearmaking and only took a class because some girlfriends were doing it and I didn't want to be left out!!!
Now I am part owner of a bear supply store with one of the friends who took the class with me. Our local shop closed so we decided to open one ourselves. We are celebrating out 1st Year Anniversary this month and are very excited about it all. :cake: :cake: :bday: :bday: Company is called Paws '2' Sew if your interested in having a look. The website is www.paws2sew.com and we buy most of our material from Intercal and some from Edinburgh.
I made my first bear in July 2005...I'm a newbie too. I made two bears out of a kit and then started drawing my own because for one reason or another I didn't like the "kit bear". I played around with cheap synthetic and upholstery fabric I either bought on ebay or at my local craft store until I figured out what I was doing.
I've have learned EVERYTHING here!!!
Garnet and I have been bear making for approximately 5 years. On a very part time basis for friends and family. Never selling them. (Thank God! You should see those first bears! Yikes!) We have had our web site for 11 months and have been in business of selling bears about that long as well. I am always looking to learn something new and to create a new feel for the beesley bear. I am like Rita, the day I cannot improve is the day I will throw in the towel!
Many Hugs Louise
I think so many of you are soo talented :clap: :clap: and you must have had a bear artist just waiting to be released inside of you :dance: :dance:
I have been making bears since about 1999 - let me count that is six years - selling for less time - you should have seen my first bears - yuck!!
I do have to tell you that one thing I do know is I have learned so much more since joining this forum than I knew before :clap: :clap:
and that is including digesting multiple bear books -
I want to experiment and grow
- and I hesitate to admit it cos you will all think I am egotistical - I would give anything to be 'placed' in a competition - someday Because I am getting too mature now to win anything else - miss world - nope not been a miss for such a long time - Nobel Prize - nope ain't clever enuf Olympics - nope not unless a prize for being best nag
Sorry I could go on but I also now realise with the help of all of you in this forum that I should not take it personally that I cannot be a winner - I am improving now and some day who knows I might get famous yet.
One last thing so you don't think I am materialistic - I actually do not want fortune particularly - just fame :redface: :redface:
OOOHHH let's see....I have been into art since as far back as I can remember, drawing and painting. Then I started knitting and sewing and scultping. After high school I went to school for airbrush art/illustration. I started actually making bears in Jan of 1999. It has been a wonderful journey and continues to be ever changing. I love it!!
I think I made my first crocheted bear in June 2003... yes exactly that... as that is the date of the Teddy Bear & Friends magazine that featured the fabulous work of Berta Hesen-Mintin... well the first time... Butr I think that is wasn't until somewhere at the end of 2003 that I actually made a mini out of fabric.... So, I'd say about two years now!
Beary truly yours,
Wild Thyme Originals
Good question! I think in June of 2004 I made a kit bear and started one from a pattern of my mother's. As of July 2004 I decided that if I was going to go to all the trouble to sew a bear and put it together, I might as well work on something of my own. So July was the creation of my first pattern.
I moved fast with pattern creation and such, using my mother and all that she knows as my secret weapon. She started artist bears in, I think, October 2003, but had a lifelong history of fine art, sewing, toy making, and many other talents that she has been able to draw from.
P.S. Hayley, thank you again for the lovely new avatar!
I made my first bears in the early 80's when my kids were small. Erin, my oldest, is 25 years old today and she still has all of her "Mom" bears from over the years. I got a lot of practice in those days because all of the friends needed bears too. It is such an ego boost to make bears & dolls for little kids because they don't even notice, or care whether the eyes are straight or not! I started selling bears from my patterns about 1997 and made my first mini in 2004.
Let's see if I can remember back that far......hmmmm......I guess it hasn't been that long really. I've been designing mohair bears just over five years. I've had many artistic ventures along the way though and even designed for the Enesco Corporation for a few years which included sculpting folk art bears. Some of my earliest bear designs had hand sculpted clay heads and soft bodies which were hand painted.....and, of course, they were dressed. I still have one of those bears and there's not a thing I would change about her to this day. My first explorations in mohair....well, that's a different matter all together. My first bear's name is Poodles....you can guess why.
Warmest hugs, :hug: