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More than Mohair PDF Print E-mail

Berta Hesen-Minten loves the old, nostalgic look of this bear. She crocheted the tiny teddy from rope, which she says is the strangest materials she has ever worked with—and the most challenging.Bear artists are experimenting with a wide variety of fabrics and furs, to the delight of collectors everywhere.


While there are benefits to following tradition, sometimes it’s good to break away from the norm. Whether you are a bear collector or a soft-sculpture artist, trying something new can be exciting! With the multitude of unique bear-making fabrics available, diversifying one’s collection is easier than ever before.

A Den of One’s Own PDF Print E-mail

Beth Phillips groups together a few of her vintage bears for a simple but striking display atop a dresser. It is often a good idea to keep vintage and valuable bears in a place that can be closed or locked, particularly if pets or small children are frequent visitors to your home. Photo by Beth PhillipsCreating a place just for Teddy makes collecting even more enjoyable!


Displaying your collectible teddy bears can be just as fun and imaginative as when you were a child arranging stuffed animals around the table for a tea party. Whether you display your bears in one room or throughout your home, creating a special space for your treasured teddies adds to the delight of collecting.

Teddies Reviewed: February 2008 PDF Print E-mail

Valentine’s teddy fashioned of bright pink colored shaggy mohair, typical of the Roaring TwentiesThis is a photo of myself with my teddy bear around 1930. Do you know who made him and what is he worth today? —June Studer, Smithville, Ohio

June, your Valentine’s teddy is fashioned of bright pink colored shaggy mohair, typical of the Roaring Twenties. The ears are not sewn on but stuck in pre-sliced holes.

Basel Bears PDF Print E-mail

Puppenhausmuseum is full of interesting vignettes.The Puppenhausmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, displays thousands of vintage teddies and dolls in spectacular vignettes.


Imagine 2,500 vintage teddy bears under one roof. Add hundreds of doll houses ranging from Victorian to contemporary and even more antique toys from the 18th and 19th centuries, and you’ve got a collector’s dream museum. The Puppenhausmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, is four floors of teddy bear and toy amusement for families, children and anyone with a soft spot for cuddly creatures.

Flakey PDF Print E-mail

FlakeyCreate an adorable 8½-inch snow bear.

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