I have been designing and creating artisan bears for 4 years.I stared my adventurous happenings with crochet.Yes that's right, tiny crocheted bears.Eventually, I discovered the wonders of needle felting and mixed the two mediums and really enjoyed the results.Over time, I began to feel the need for spreading my wings more into the Artist sewn bear world.Trading in my crochet hook and balls of stingy yarn was difficult, yet thrilling to advance into yards of fluffy expensive Mohair fabrics.How could one chose only a couple of elegant fantasy fluff?Oh my how the boxes did arrive! And arrive!The UPS driver knew me by name and spied me in my robe running to meet him with a glint in my eye of what new kind of Mohair would present itself to me today.I have settled in to my designing and sewing for almost a year now.It has been is a delightful time of creating and molding each bear into something original and distinctively Bramblewood.I look forward to all the bears to come.Each new creation teaches me so much more as I continue to hone my skills.I still have a long way to go, lots of learning to lean but that is the joy of it all.
The night is long But fur is deep. You will be warm In winter sleep.
The food is gone But dreams are sweet And they will be Your winter meat.
The cave is dark But dreams are bright And they will serve As winter light.
Sleep, my little cubs, Sleep.
My two favorite things: Bears and Espresso!
Wake in the deepest dark of night and hear the driving rain. Reach out a hand and take a paw and go to sleep again. -Charlotte Gray
Bears are just about the only toy that can lose just about everything and still maintain their dignity and worth. ~Samantha Armstrong
To a child, Teddy is a bridge between a human and an animal. He doesn't mind being dressed in ridiculous hats, or even being read to. You can blame him for anything, and he won't deny it. His marvellous face expresses anything a child wants to feel or hear. ~Peter Bull
A teddy bear does not depend upon mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved - and therefore he lives. ~Pam Brown
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
If you talk with the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them, and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears one destroys. ~ Chief Dan George
There is probably nothing that a bear so dislikes as a good wash.
Once a bear has been loved by a human being, its expression is forever marked. ~Jama Kim Rattigan
And on the lighter side: If you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too. If you're a bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, but cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. If you're a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that. If you're a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yup, I wanna be a bear. - Author unknown
Teddy bears like to go on morning picnics in the summertime, so they can enjoy the sunshine before it it too hot for their furry selves. ~Abigail Darling
I am so excited about this current bear I am (very slowly) working on for one of the most wonderful bear collectors I have ever met. I am so honored to be creating another bear for this sweet lady ;)
This bear must be quite a special creation, because without fail, every time I have sat down to begin work on this bear, a big interruption has tore me away from him and his progress. It certainly doesn't help that summer has (finally) seemed to arrived!
So far, I have managed to get him re-sized, cut, sewn and now am beginning to stuff (which has only taken a measly 3 weeks!). Things are now starting to settle down a bit and I am anxious to really get into his character aspects.
This long hair black bear is going to be a very large bear. He will be the largest I have ever created with tan brown needle felted details.
A rainbow of pins holding together one very large bear arm!
Oh, how I love my sewing machine! It is two years old and I have never had a single problem with this wondrous box! Thank you honey!!
This dark bear will be contrasted with very light blue eyes. To lighten then even more, I hand painted them to lift the lighter tones and enhance the depth of colors.
Today I will be working on his head and muzzle. I always look forward to this part of creation. It always seems that each bear evokes their very own bearsonality. My job is to bring it out. I could never envision fully the face and force it's appearance, rather each bear emerges it's own subtleties that catch my eye and bring forth inspiration and character that is completely individual. So, I am very excited to meet this next bear and who he may be!
Hello to all! I hope your July 4th was full of celebration and fun!
I just recently entered some of my bears in the TBAAF Summer awards. It is always a bit nerve wracking to submit your work for scrutiny and voting...but also very exciting. Here are the entries I have put up for voting.
In the 'Teddy Bear' Category
In the 'Fantasy Bear' category: Elf Bear Fyodor, although, they misspelled his name and call him Fuodor.
In the 'Creative Doll' category:
In order to vote, if you do not yet have an account, you will need to create a free account, it only takes a moment. Then you can click on the TBAAF Awards banner and it will take you to the voting category page. You are allowed to vote for one entry per category.
There are so many gorgeous and character filled entries! I and all the entrants would be so grateful for you votes! Enjoy all the amazing creations and I thank you in advance for your support of my bears!
After much work and anticipation, Lucy, (the beautiful name chosen by her collector) is finally completed!
Lucy began her journey with a 'boy' in mind, but began to evoke a girlie personality. Her big sparkly green eyes seemed to flutter with feminine bearishness. As work continued, here and there she began to resemble a girl.
I played around with her costuming trying on both boy and girl outfits, and she looked wonderful in both, but decidedly melted my heart in this dress that fit her just perfectly.
Her collector agreed whole-heartedly that she was just perfect as a girl bear and was so delighted with her final outcome. I also adorned her in pink and violet flowers also adding some hints of rich green leaves to accentuate her eyes.
Lucy and I thank you for peeking in on her final pictures. It truly means so much to me to hear the wonderful feedback and meet all the amazingly lovely and talented artists that take the time to comment on my posts ....... thank you!
If you are interested in your own custom Bramblewood Bear, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could watch your very own bear come to life right before your eyes!
Work is continuing on this sweet bear that has captured my heart completely. I simply can not wait to paint this smiling face! It always makes me laugh to see my bears with all the pins around their eyelids while waiting for the glue to dry....quite a fashion statement wouldn't you say?
Eyelids are dry, pins removed, ears sewn.....
This bear's green eyes are so stunningly bright!
I am really enjoying his/her profile. I have not decided weather I am done working on the muzzle yet. Hmmmm. I still have a bit on nose work to do, and then this face is ready for painting!
Work still to be done; needle felting inside of ears, painting details, paws, stuffing, weighting and jointing....accessories....whew! Getting closer!
Thank you for stopping by the Bramblewood to watch this unique bear's journey into the world.
If you are interested in your own custom Bramblewood Bear, please email me at email@example.com and you could watch your very own bear come to life!
As you can see, this cute bear is coming right along. I am really enjoying his colors and curly fur and how the needle felted wool compliments his fur color so nicely, not to mention his bright green eyes.
I still have a lot of muzzle sculpting to do both with needle felting and needle and thread. This is where I begin to emerge his bearsonality and charm. I will be working first on his nose and mouth placement and then once they are in place and satisfactory, I will move on to the shaping techniques.
I am excited to see what kind of character this bear decides to evoke. Keep checking in to see his sly grin and smiling eyes emerge over the next few days!
If you are interested in your very own custom Bramblewood Bear, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could watch your very own bear come to life!
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me and my newest bear here at the Bramblewood! Bear Hugs and Blessings,
So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering
~beauty and the beast~
My dauther with one of my bears
Collecting cobwebs in old musty attics, smothered inside aging mothy boxes, waiting to be rediscovered, awaits a new best friend.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
~Sir Francis Bacon
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
My first sewn bear Sadie
Carl Bear named after my beloved German Grandfather
Butterfly Bear Valentina
The keepers of secrets and innocent childhood lore, holding forever the keys to memory's door.
My son with Karl Bear
Best friends are made from fluff and stuffing.
Baby Elkie Bear
In the olden days the bear was the most sacred animal and some even believed that when the bear moved the forest moved with it.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
Baby Elkie Bear
Next Thursday evening the White Bear came to fetch her. She seated herself on his back with her bundle, and thus they departed. When they had gone a great part of the way, the white bear said, "Are you aftraid?" No, I am not," said she. Keep tight and hold my fur, and then there is no danger," said he
~East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
When this world in which we live seems too lost to join, don't.
Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, protects you from age.
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.