Wednesday, 1 February 2017

2017 TOBY Industry's Choice Award Winners

The TOBY Awards never fail to create a stir in the world of teddy bear artistry and this year is no exception. We are delighted so many of our Guild members have been honoured with a 2017 TOBY Industry's Choice Award.

Here are just a few of our many international TOBY Award winners ...

Anne-Marie Verron

Ron and Kristy Northman

Michelle Freeman

As you can see, the standard of creativity and originality was exceptionally high this year. Congratulations to our super talented Guild members!


Waiting for Spring

After the heavy grey skies of January 2017, members are looking forward to the arrival of Spring on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters ...

Elizabeth Lloyd 

Janet Young

Rebekka Omtzigt

A handful of early springtime teddy bears and friends have already arrived on the Guild and we are anticipating many more creations from around the world, in the coming months. 

Let's hope they bring sunshine with them!


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Spring is in the air!

A host of golden daffodils, fresh green buds on the trees and ... 

Created by Elizabeth Lloyd

Teddy bears wearing pretty bonnets!
Yes, Spring has arrived on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters!

Created by Carolyn Robbins

Created by Dawn Jellis-Jones

Created by Donna Hager

Created by Gill Cattroll

Created by Melanie Jayne

Here's to a lovely new season of teddy bear 'Springspiration' on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

2016 TOBY Industry's Choice Award Winners!

Huge congratulations to our super-talented 2016 TOBY Industry's Choice Award winners!  

The TOBY Awards are one of the most prestigious international teddy bear making/design honours and the competition is fierce, so these awards are definitely fabulous feathers in our Guild members' bear crafting caps!


Anne-Marie Verron

Charlene Draeger

Christie Kotz

Dawn Jellis Jones

Denise Purrington

Helen Clennel White

Melanie McCarthy

Melanie McCarthy

Natascha Sabo

Rachel Summersby

Silke Hirschfelder

Tatian Scalozub

Below is the complete list of our Guild members honoured with a 2016 TOBY AWARD. 

Congratulations everyone!

Anne-Marie Verron
Dawn Jellis-Jones
Natascha Sabo
Helen Clennel-White
Melanie Jayne McCarthy
Denise Purrington
Christie Kotz
Rachel Summersby
Silke Hirshfelder
Charlene Draegar
Tatiana Skalozub
Elanor Andrews
Ann-Marie Dodd
Lisa Madsen
Donna Griffin
Kim Russell
Michelle Lamb
Lori Simon
Heike Buchner
Yvonne Andrew
Annalise Taddei
Shelly Allison
Francesca Boretti
Lisa Page
Angela McGinn
Linda Down
Wanda Carson
Katherine Hallam

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A word from Sandra M Pape

A word from Sandra M Pape


Bearcrafter since the late 1990's


Sandra M. Pape

Greetings my Bear Friends~

My name is Sandra Marie and I am the artist/bear maker behind Bear Hugs Originals.  I have been creating/designing teddies and their little friends since the late 1990's.  My first little teddy was created when I was just a wee little girl and I still proudly hang him from our Christmas tree each and every year.

The bears I create are made of the finest quality mohair, alpaca and luxury faux fur available.  Each Bear Hugs Original is handmade and 100% hand sewn without the use of a sewing machine.  All of my patterns are designed from my own sketches and each bear is an authentic, one-of-a-kind collectible artist bear.

 I live in Southwest, Florida with my husband and two children.  While I have a dedicated sewing room, I much prefer to be with my family as much as possible.  So I load a little wicker basket with all the materials that I need to keep me sewing and just carry my work around with me.

I had always wanted to create my own teddy bears and I finally took the plunge back in 1996 when I purchased my very first piece of mohair.  I sketched out my own pattern and the rest was history...I was totally addicted to creating teddies that is until 2001, when I had an accident that stopped me in my tracks.  Unfortunately it did take me out of bear making for many years.  But, I am back and trying to make the best of it.

My favorite part of bear making is creating their heads.  I love working on their heads because they start to become animated and start speaking to me as I shape and sculpt their features.  It's very comforting for me and I put a lot of my own heart and soul into each of my creations.

I am extremely honored to have won a 2013 "Excellence in Bear Artistry Award" for "Oliver".  Then in 2015 I won a "Fourth Place URSA Award" for "Flopsy" and a 2015 "Excellence in Bear Artistry Award" for "Frankenteddy".  I was also featured in the April 2015 issue of Bears & Buds Online Magazine and featured in the Teddy Bear & Friends Marketplace for "Rory the Raccoon" and "Wags the Dog".

I am very pleased to be a member of the Guild of Master Bear Crafters.  The Guild Blog is a beautiful webpage where you can see the most up-to-date creations of professional bear artists, while gaining valuable insight and inspiration.

Warm regards,
Sandra Marie

Friday, 15 January 2016

A word from the Tuscany Bear Maker

A word from Annalisa Taddei
Bearcrafter since 2007

Annalisa Taddei

Hi friend, my name is Annalisa Taddei and my business name is 'The Tuscany Bear Maker'.  I live on the coast of Marina di Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. I have three beautiful doughters, a husband, two dogs and three cats and a job!

I spend my free time bear making.


I discovered this world  on 2007 and began to sew bears and friends. (In Italy bear crafting didn't exist!) So, I sewed and put my bear Pucky on E-bay May 2007 and now he lives in USA.
Marron Glacee

Since then I create my own patterns choosing the best fabrics for them (faux fur and Schulte mohair). I took part in International exhibitions in  USA, GB, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, Sidney, South Africa, and I won prizes!

Now I’m also a collector and a lover of vintage as Chiltern, Steiff, Chad Valley and others. I think that the world of bears is a wonderful world and wish I had found it earlier. My opinion is that it is able to express the various expressions of our soul!  My preferred expression is shown in my bears with great heads.

Sleeping bear
The variety of expressions each bear maker creates here on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters proves this point too!

A colourful creative!

As you can see below, our Guild members have made a bright start to 2016!

Michele Waldron

Wayne Lim

Rachel Summersby

Michelle Nunnery

Such a colourful and creative start to our new year!
We look forward to bringing you many more fun designs in 2016.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The year that was 2015!

2015 was an amazing year on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters with our humble teddy bear achieving fresh artistic heights, thanks to the inspirational talent of our worldwide membership!

We hope you enjoy this selection of a few of the Guild's 2015 creations.

Gregory Gyllenship

Svetlana Chern

Renee Hutmacher

Kelly Dean

Zhanna Rassi
The Lebanon

Melanie Jayne

Cheryl Hutchinson

Joanne Livingston

Jenny Johnson

Helen Clennel-White

Vicky Lougher

Michelle Doig

The Guild wishes you a happy and creative 2016 full to bursting with wonderful teddy bears.  Happy New Year!
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