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Heartfelt Minis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beth Phillips   
Sunday, 01 February 2009 00:00

"Timber the Husky" by Amber Rose LawrenceBeth Phillips chats with six needle-felting artists about their miniature creations, the felting process and collector appreciation.

Needle felting: The concept sounds simple enough. Take a ball of wool and stab it with a special barbed needle, again and again, and voila—instant art! The execution, however, is much more difficult.

A Teddy Legacy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sandy Lightfoot   
Monday, 01 December 2008 00:00

Each Bracken Bear comes in a tissue-lined box, complete with documentation and a record book.Honor your genealogy with a family heirloom bear from Bracken Bears.


It was love at first sight—there for the world to see, blatantly in a centerfold spread, begging to be mine. How could I resist those cheeky brown eyes peeking through spiky, blond hair? Could this aristocratic beast want to be mine? Would he be interested in me? The answers were just a phone call away. After the first ring, a cheerful voice answered: “Hello, Susan here! How can I help you?”

Artful Expressions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trina Laube   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 00:00

Jack says their “Pimki Pie” teddy bear, who lives in his handcrafted pumpkin, may be their current favorite design. However, he notes, “We are constantly creating new designs along with new outfits and new ideas, so there really is no favorite that lasts for a long time.”Finhold Gallery’s tiny teddies are packed with personality.


Jack and Marion Finhold bring their passion and strong creative instincts to everything they do. From Jack’s flair for experimentation in the kitchen and mastery of several musical instruments to Marion’s love of the written word (their house is filled with her collection of books) and talent for knitting, the couple’s artistry comes together to make some of the world’s most captivating teddy bears.

Call of the Wild PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 00:00

Meet dapper “Anda Panda.” He is mohair and five-way jointed. Dressed to impress, Anda longingly looks up with his soulful hand-painted eyes. His feet are weighted with beans and his shoes keep him balanced, despite his larger-than-life head. He holds a walking stick in one hand and a poseable puppy in the other.Shelly Lampshire answers her unrelenting urge to create and to entertain.


Fabric artist Shelly Lampshire was born and raised in Port Huron, Mich. Note that the word “raised” is used, not “grew up,” for in many ways, the 38-year-old Lampshire is still a big kid at heart. If “growing up” implies a conservative, buttoned-down way of life, Lampshire is the complete opposite. She is open-minded and ready to tackle anything. She is a free spirit, a dreamer, a visionary and an eternal optimist.

The Green Scene PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00

“Libby” is 18 inches and made from a variety of reclaimed and recycled objects. “Her gray fur coat was from a vintage thrift store coat, and its cotton backing behaves much like mohair,” asserts Michelle Lamb. “Her pale blue dress was taken from a doll I found at a flea market.”A host of bear artists prove that respect for nature and a reverence for Mother Earth help to build a better bear.


Teddy bears quite commonly come in beige and browns—it’s a salute to the ways of nature. Whites are a nice wintry change of pace and, of course, pinks and blues fit into every nursery scheme. In 2008, though, the color that is blossoming everywhere is green. Even though the bears in question might still be tan, ebony, cream-colored and pastel, in their hearts they are green—as in recyclable, renewable and reclaimed.

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