Hugglets Winter Bearfest 2019

It's been a while since I've posted anything, but I've been very busy making a special collection of bears for the Hugglets Winter Bearfest 2019. I started making them over the Christmas holidays and finished the final one last Sunday. There are five exclusive bears...

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The making of Orla

I haven't shared a work in progress post with you for a while, so I thought you may like to see the making of Orla, my latest creation.  I had great fun creating this fluffy little girl, and I hope you like her. * * * First job is drawing out the pattern on the fabric...

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Hugglets Teddies Festival 2017 Preview

I thought you would like to see a preview of the bears that have been made especially Hugglets Teddies Festival 2017, where I will be exhibiting for the first time on 10th September.   Meet the preview bears below...   Ælfweard Ælfweard’s name comes from the...

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Telesto and loft conversion update

I appear to have neglected my blog again, I'm not very good am I? Anyway, it's been very busy here, and not just in bear making terms. Firstly, we're in the middle of a loft conversion. I may have mentioned this before, as my studio keeps shrinking. In fact, my...

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Why do handmade items cost so much?

Why do handmade items cost so much? "Why does it cost so much?" or simply "How much?!" This is comment often made at craft fairs when they pass my stall. Usually it is muttered quietly or it's a look in the eyes of the visitor as if to say the same thing, which is...

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What is an artist bear?

What is an Artist Bear? I wonder how many people know about the wonderful world of artist bears? I'm assuming that since you are reading this that you have heard about artist bears before. Most people meet teddy bears in toy shops. You've seen the bears in the shops...

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The Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event

The bears and I exhibited at The Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event (TGYTBE) on Sunday, 19th November. The show was, as usual, a great day out. There were so many fantastic stalls selling beautiful handmade artist bears.   It was a shame to miss the gala dinner and...

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A history of Brierley Bears, in photos

I think I've come a long way in the 11 years that I have been creating my bears, so here is a history of Brierley Bears, in photos. So, I thought I'd share my bear making journey with you. Starting at the beginning, I'll show you how my creations have changed over the...

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