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Farmer Fresh PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Sunday, 01 June 2008 00:00

“Charley Boy,” garbed in a blue jacket, embodies the artist’s sweet temperament and commitment to cuddly cuteness.Teddy Bear Review senior contributor Stephanie Finnegan chats with Emily Farmer about crafts, kits, mini bears and big dreams, and the joy that chewing the fat with fans can bring.


During the preparation for this feature, Emily Farmer and her husband, Jack, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. That’s quite an achievement, and anyone who has ever been married knows that a successful union depends on patience, good humor, empathy, determination and being able to focus on the whole picture.

Pattern for Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 00:00

Measuring 12 inches, “Grace” is part of Thoms’ new anime/prim style of bears.By not always following the rules, Lisa Bunting Thoms has forged her own path.


April 2008 marks Lisa Bunting Thoms’ tenth anniversary as a professional bear artist. In truth, Thoms, the talented visionary behind Twin Cubs, has been plowing her fertile imagination and harvesting quirky and clever creations for nearly three decades.

More than Mohair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trina Laube   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 00:00

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.

Inside Sherr-Bear’s Den PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beth Phillips   
Friday, 01 February 2008 00:00

Sherry poses with three of her wonderful bears in her “bear den,” an enclosed sunroom where the magic happens. Photos by Beth PhillipsBeth Phillips sits down with Sherry Shepardson of Sherr-Bear to discuss the artist’s designs and her biggest inspiration.


Florida teddy bear artist Sherry Shepardson vividly remembers her first glimpse of a grizzly bear in the wild. She and her husband, Bob, had taken a trip to Yellowstone National Park, and she spotted her first big bruin near the Grand Tetons.

Soulfully Stitched PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Saturday, 01 December 2007 00:00

Part of the Fashionable Lady series, “Madame Dubeary” is a stunning “clotheshorse” that sports a splendid, colorful gown and hat. The well-garbed gal stands 5¾ inches.Sue Pendleton’s charmingly crocheted bears brighten up the room and collectors’ hearts.


One of the most fascinating things about bear artist Sue Pendleton is that she is so understated and modest about herself and her experiences. Though she presents herself as an average Jane with a typical workday, her bears spotlight something altogether different.

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