Make a Traditional Fully Jointed Mohair Teddy Bear

110 TUTOR: Sharon Pritchard

For this course you will need some sewing experience as the bears are all hand sewn; we do not use sewing machines. You will make a teddy bear measuring 28 cm when sitting and 40 cm tall standing. We only use good quality genuine mohair fabric, with soft material for the paws. The arms, legs and neck are fully jointed allowing full movement. They are a collector's bear for adults to enjoy.

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Course Notes

In this course you will make the bear using a Steiff Schulte Mohair, a traditional material used for its beautiful appearance, ease of sewing and ability to maintain the shape of the teddy bears. This material is used to make Steiff and Herman Bears. The bears are stuffed with a poly-fibre stuffing specifically made for toy making. We use cotter pin joints for the legs, arms and neck. They eyes are traditional glass eyes, and embroidered nose and mouth. At the end of the course you will take home a beautiful collectors bear. Please note these are not toys and should not be gifted to children under 14 yrs old.

Sharon started making bears specifically in 2007 and found teddy bear making a comfort whilst convalescing from major surgery. She has made bears from a few cm tall to Wilber who was 1metre tall (a graduation gift for her goddaughter). Sharon has run a teddy bear course for, as a guest teacher at Lechlade Craft Barn, and also teaches stained glass and pyrography.

Sharon has always enjoyed sewing and knitting - she was taught be her aunt who was a professional needlework teacher and seamstress, so standards had to be high!

Sharon's teaching style is relaxed and gentle, she takes time to explain and is determined that her students end up with a bear worthy of the maker. There is not a tight timetable, but she will ensure that the bear is finished by the end of the course.

Course Tutor

Sharon Pritchard

About Sharon

Sharon Pritchard, your course tutor, started stained glass making 11 years ago as a hobby, and progressed  to giving up the day job and working full time at making and teaching stained glass in Cornwall. 3 years ago she relocated to Wiltshire and now teaches at her home studio in Westbury and is a guest tutor at Lechlade Craft Barn running courses in Stained glass (copper foil and leaded), pyrography and is introducing teddy bear making. Her courses are run in a relaxed way with as much help and support as you need.

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