My husband Andy and I usually do teddy bear making workshops or bear design workshops on a one to one basis (or you can bring a friend), in our home near the sea on the Romney Marsh in Kent.
How much will it cost?
The cost is £100 per day plus materials. If there are two of you the cost is £150 per day plus materials.
What can you learn?
I try to cover any aspect of bear making from beginner's to advanced level, plus help with the design, marketing and setting up in business, if that's what you would like. I tailor the day to suit your needs and the aim is to produce your own beautiful bear by the end of the day, we won't let you make a bear that you won't be proud of, even if you're a complete beginner.
I can help with; design, hand sewing, machining, needle sculpture, nose sewing, eyes, ears, dyeing mohair, sourcing materials, promotion, trade organisations, website design, insurance awareness etc. We've been making bears for a living for over 20 years so we have a lot of experience to draw on.
What do I need? What can I expect?
I usually ask people to bring some of their own bears and then go on from there, the object is generally to have a bear finished by the time you leave (even if we end up in pyjamas). We'll supply you with hot or cold drinks throughout the day if you'd like us to provide meals for you just let us know when you are booking.
Where can I stay?
If you wanted a course that lasts more than one day, or if you are traveling from afar,you can stay with us, we can provide bed and breakfast for £25 per person per night, or you can use the discover Folkstone website to find other accommodation. The website is also useful if you want to find out what there is to do to entertain chauffeurs, partners, kids, friends and relatives who might want to come down to the Romney Marsh, with you.
We have a group that wants to do a workshop.
I can cater for larger groups if requested. If you own a shop or are a member of a Teddy Bear Club we will be happy to come to you, to do a group workshop, as long as you help with the organising and pay for our traveling expenses etc..
You can see photos from a group bear making workshop we did in Cornwall in July 2004, here, please click here Barbara-Ann Bears, bear making workshop in Cornwall for details.
How do I book a workshop?
Please phone or email me via the 'contact' link below, I would prefer you to phone (01303 870087) so that we can work out a convenient date and find out what aspects of bear making you would like to cover, I look forward to hearing from you.
PS. If you are from a non-English speaking country, like Germany, France, Japan or Korea, you might be like to learn English with me too, I am a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language. Please email me for details.