Tuesday, 24 December 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas 2013!

'O Christmas Tree' by Vicky Lougher USA

'Linus' by Tami Eveslage USA

'Nicholas' by Laraine White NEW ZEALAND

'Chrescht an Noel' by Renee Hutmacher GERMANY

'Rudie' by Carolyn Robbins USA

'Merry Christmas' by Paula Carter UK

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year,
with beary best hugs from,
The Guild of Master Bearcrafters xxx

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Winter's Tale

Written by Roger McGough 
(and celebrated by The Guild of Master Bearcrafters)

The time I like best
is 6 a.m
and the snow is six inches deep

Which I'm yet to discover
'cos I'm under the cover
and fast, fast asleep.

'Paterson Polar' by Kelly Dean

'Bullfinches' by Irina Kunakh 

'Kennet' by Anita Timmers-Ekelo

'Holly' by Katherine Hallam

'Minkletoes' by Patti Cavenett

'Polar Duo' by Petra Schope

We hope you have enjoyed our members' 'Winter's Tale' presentation and wish you a snug and cosy Winter!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Five Featured Artists

Five more of our fantastically talented featured artists, presented for your enjoyment!

Anastasia by Anna Borisova CZECH REPUBLIC

Carlos by Jenny Johnson UNITED KINGDOM

Pasha and Petrusha by Irina Kunakh RUSSIA

Hope by Melanie Jayne UNITED KINGDOM

Benjamin by Svetlana Chern RUSSIA

The Guild of Master Bearcrafters celebrates inspirational creativity expressed through outstanding craftmanship ... we hope you enjoy sharing these outstanding creations with us!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Ode to Autumn

'Ode To Autumn'

Written by John Keats 1819
Celebrated by The Guild of Master Bearcrafters in 2013

Created by Martha Burch USA
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
        Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
        With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
        And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
          To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
        With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
    And still more, later flowers for the bees,
  Until they think warm days will never cease,
          For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

'Leif' by Joanne Noel USA

'Hoggle Boo' by Lainy Musgrove UK 

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
      Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
  Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
      Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
  Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
      Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
          Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
  And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
      Steady thy laden head across a brook;
      Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
          Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

'Harris' by Michelle Lamb USA

'Fall' by Rachel Rolfe UK

  Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
      Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
  While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
      And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
  Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
      Among the river sallows, borne aloft
          Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
  And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
      Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
      The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
          And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

'Fudge' by Pauline Wood UK

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

We love Halloween on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters ... it's so much fun to design spooktacular teddy bears!  

'Witch-faun' by Zhanna Rassi 

'Pumpkin Fairy' by Carrie Wilmot

'Pendal' by Jo Nevill

'Spook-um' by Rachel Rolfe

'Raven' by Denise Casey

We hope you will visit our members' website to watch our 'Happy Halloween' slideshow in full this week, but in the meantime, here's a quick peek at a few of our talented crew's Halloween offerings!

To see our spooktacular slideshow, pop over to:

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Five Featured Artists

Five more of our fabulous featured artists presented for your enjoyment!

Benji by Margaret Burke AUSTRALIA

Pedro by Irma Papeikaite LITHUANIA

Rene by Daniela Meszaros AUSTRIA

Rosie by Sandra Hobbs UNITED KINGDOM

Pitty Kitty by Sharie Reetz USA

Talent from around the world, a fascinating range of techniques and outstanding workmanship, that's what the Guild of Master Bearcrafters is all about!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mireille Begijn creator of Bearytale Teddies

A word from Mireille Begijn
Creator of
'Bearytale Teddies'
Bearcrafter since 2006


Mireille Begijn

Hello dear Bear Friends, 
My name is Mireille Begijn from Belgium and I am a professional teddy bear maker. Bear making is my lifestyle and I couldn’t live without creating my little wonders.  I started in 2006, making my little Anime bears after a successful career as a doll maker.


As a child I was inspired by fairy tale figures such as elves, gnomes, witches and even fantasy creatures and I am always working out new ideas. Since I am not very mobile due to my handicap, it is difficult for me to go to bookstores or visit trade fairs, so most of the time I find my inspiration in a small piece of fur, original old lace or even any picture that appeals to me. 

Fairy Nerida

My favourite way to work, is with a good cup of tea and my favorite music playing the background. The songs of Adele, Michael Bublé, Sarah Brightman, Ozark Henry, Cirque Du Soleil, or Celine Dion, fill me with more power and the spirit to make wonderful bears.

Miss Harmony

Every creation I make is one of a kind and ‘bears’ both a name I personally invented and an original ‘character’. My creations are between 13 and 23 centimetres and all 'Bearytale Teddies' and matching accessories, are unique and entirely handmade using durable materials.  My little ‘wonders’ as I always call my creations, can be identified by their roguish little faces and broad smile.


Years ago, I was inspired by the funny little Japanese ‘Anime’ bears, which gave me a fantasy free rein to create my teddies. The results are my original ‘little wonders‘.  Today, I am especially known by collectors for my so called butterfly bears, which are very unique with hand-made ‘Fimo clay’ flower wreaths, abundantly supplied with hundreds of Swarovski-crystals. That’s how I was given the nickname “Madame Butterfly”!

Butterfly Sunshine


Tsjechisch Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha (popular around the turn of the Century) inspired my later work.  “When I see his work, it is so peaceful and has such a sense of the familiar. It’s like when you see a friend after many years, as though no time has passed. I admires the ‘curls and colors’ of Mucha’s art, but most of all, the period during which he lived. The architecture, art ,clothes, jewellery and theatre inspire me and sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century, but I am very happy that I live in the here and now … with all the luxuries of 2013, especially with my physical needs.

Clown Topsy

Hints of Mucha’s inspiration can be seen in every one of my creations. Mucha’s work is so restful.  I had the same feeling when I first saw a Cirque Du Soleil show and became a big fan of Cirque Du Soleil. When they visited Belgium a few years ago, I made hand-painted silk scarves as a gift for a few of the performers.  One of their designers visited me at home, so I showed her all my work. She invited me to meet the cast backstage and they allowed me to work in their costume department for a day. What I felt so deeply with the people of Cirque Du Soleil, is that every person was the same, black, white, or handicapped.  It was an amazing feeling and one of the best days of my life; it gave me so much courage to go on with my work.

Battina Butterfly

Another of my sources of inspiration at this moment is the 'The Guild of Master Bearcrafters' website ... it is a pleasure to surf everyday to this beautiful site and see professional bear makers showing their work to the world.  Even more importantly, as I know from the past as a new upcoming bear maker, it is a perfect website to find helpful information and inspiration for making your dream or award winning bear!

Warm regards from Belgium,

To discover more about Mireille's work, please visit her website and blog at:



Tuesday, 3 September 2013

2013 Excellence in Bear Artistry Award Winners!

The Guild has scooped a collective 22 of the possible 30 JUDGES' CHOICE Awards in the '2013 Excellence in Bear Artistry Awards'!!!!

Congratulations to all our Guild Winners, this really is an outstanding achievement!!!!

Our 2013 Judges' Choice Guild winners are:

Dressed Miniatures:
Brenda Power - Canada
Ruth Bowman - UK
Angela McGinn - Ireland

Undressed Miniatures:
Kim Russell - Australia
Sandra Marie Pape - USA

Dressed bear 4" to 10"
Brenda Power - Canada
Dawn Jellis-Jones - UK
Katherine Hallam - UK

Undressed bear 4" to 10"
Lynn Bowie - UK
Jenny Johnson - UK
Julie Shepherd - UK

Dressed bear 10.5" to 16"
Melanie Jayne - UK
Cheryl Hutchison - USA

Undressed bear 10.5" to 16"
Silke Borrmann - Germany
Jenny Johnson - UK

Undressed bear 16" & above
Jenny Johnson - UK
Yvonne Andrew - UK

Realistic bear/animal
Lisa Page - UK

Soft Sculpture
Lynn Bowie - UK
Shelly Allison - UK
Paula Carter - UK

Katherine Hallam - UK

Melanie Jayne - UK

Kim Russell - Australia

Jenny Johnson - UK

Cheryl Hutchinson - USA

Ruth Bowman - UK

Paula Carter - UK

Katherine Hallam - UK

Brenda Power - Canada

Jenny Johnson - UK

Julie Shepherd - UK

Dawn Jellis-Jones - UK

Sandra Pape - USA

Brenda Power - Canada

Jenny Johnson - UK

Yvonne Andrew - UK

Silke Borrmann - Germany

Angela McGinn - Ireland

Now that the professional judges have made their selections, each 'Judges' Choice Winner' will be entered in a 'Public Choice' category, so please spare a moment to support the final stage of this prestigious competition by casting your vote, thank you!

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