Our bears, rabbits and dragons are generally made using high quality German mohair, a lot of which I hand dye to create the vibrant colours I love so much. A few bears are made using exotic fabrics and faux fur more generally used in high fashion houses. Neither of us smoke, so the bears are made in a smoke free environment. They range in colour from traditional browns and greys to hand-dyed, colourful, wacky creations. We mainly use mohair but will occasionally use high quality faux fur (fake fur), most of the mohair is either hand dyed by Barbara or comes from our sister company Norbeary Fabrics.
These are traditional bears like the ones we started making way back in 1990. Many of our traditional bears are made out of genuine vintage German mohair, dating back to the period between 1870 and 1930, which we buy on our trips to German bear fairs. We can also supply vintage mohair through our Norbeary Fabrics website.
Barbara has a love of all bears, she loves the wild, the traditional and the old, tatty fellows that have been loved by children a long time in the past. These are some old bears and other animals we are selling on Etsy and at bear and antique fairs.
As well as making all the bears on show here, we are happy to undertake special commissions, if you have an idea please send it to us in an email or in writing in as much detail as possible. Also, if you have seen one of our bears in the past we may still be able a similar for you, just ask, if you can send us a picture, a drawing or a link to a website page that would be very helpful.
If you are looking for the pattern to make the teddy bear shown on The Great British Sewing Bee you've come to the right place, you can find it by clicking here
If you'd like to make one of our bears we also sell kits and patterns, We have a range of colourful, hand dyed, wild and wacky and traditional bear kits. The patterns are on our Norbeary Fabrics website which makes it easier for you to choose some mohair at the same time.
If you are buying a bear or kit for a special occasion we would be delighted to include a gift tag and greetings card with your bear, just let us know when you order. We try to include a photographic greeting card with all our bears using one of the photos you see on the website.
We love doing bear making workshops and courses, they always seem to be fun. We can help you if you've never made a bear before or if you're an experienced bear maker who just wants to learn something different.
Well not quite everything, we also can supply hand dyed mohair supplies ,and offer a web design service, please contact us for details. In April 2007 we took over Norbeary Fabrics from Ralph and Gloria Norbury, you can see our range of mohairs by clicking here which takes you to our new Norbeary fabrics website.
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This part of the website last updated 3rd September 2017
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