Category: bears

why I work slowly

A OOAK artist's mohair bear, sewn from sandy coloured sparse mohair and with black glass eyes and a hand embroidered face..

I work at an intentionally slow pace, striving to create pieces imbued with longevity. My hope is that they will be around for a long time. It is labour intensive, but therapeutic work. It is also immensely satisfying to be able to combine so many of my fibre interests together into one piece. Last year, I created a small collection of bears that incorporated elements of hand-spinning, felting and lacemaking. I also started naturally dyeing my own mohair with traditional dye sources like madder root, weld and indigo. The only downside is trying to find the room in my studio to store all the paraphernalia that inevitably accompanies each craft.

a place to start…

Four palm sized artist mohair bears are lying in a cross shape.

For as long as I can remember, I have made little bears. As a child then teenager, my bears were made mainly from acrylic fun fur, sometimes wool felt and occasionally calico. Three years ago, as a grown woman and mother, I came back to this craft and find a deep satisfaction from taking my time to carefully craft each little bear cub from quality materials which will ensure the longevity of the pleasure the little bear brings.

I find great joy in every stage of the making process, and especially in seeing how the little bear slowly comes to life through the various stages; from the drafting, cutting out, sewing up, stuffing and finishing. So often the final bear has grown and developed a life & personality of it’s own, far beyond what I could have imagined at the start.

Most of my work is inspired by the breathtaking natural world that surrounds us in our mountain home. Although sometimes I find inspiration no further away than the toys and picture books left scattered around our little home by my boy.

To see more of my work and process you can find me on Instagram: or take a peep in my online shop.