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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