I am a maker. I love to sew, weave, knit, glue, hammer, paint and anything else I can think of as long as my hands are moving. I come from a long line of makers of every sort and was lucky enough to have their support in my efforts from a very early age. At 5 Santa brought a workbench with real tools that were just right for my tiny hands and plenty of things to hammer and cut. When I was 10 I got my first sewing machine, a Singer Featherweight, and I was off making stuffed animals and outfitting them all. I also used Heath Kits to build radios and spent a year working on a perpetual motion machine with very limited success.
Now, I find myself a grandmother to an army of grandchildren. I make doll clothing and decorations, costumes and blankets. While trying to think of new and creative presents I found a book about traditional teddy bear making – “How to Make Heirloom Teddy Bears,” by Sue Quinn. This book inspired me to make a bear from her 10 inch bear pattern (Archie). TedZ turned out so well and I fell in love. I haven’t had a stuffed friend in years and I really missed it. Ted fits perfectly in my purse and has begun to travel with me, one of my other great loves.
I have modified Sue’s pattern and am making bears for sale on my Etsy site. My bears can be purchased “Nearly Naked” or with outfits. I also have a small collection of vintage bears made by others. I hope you love them as much as I do.