Thursday, 16 November 2017

Spooktacular!

This post is a little late, but we couldn't let Christmas creep up on us without first sharing a few of the Guild's spooktacular Halloween creations!


Silke Hirshfelder 
Germany


Elizabeth Lloyd
UK


Lyn Clapham
Australia


Rachel Summersby
UK


Carol Parsons
USA


Carolyn Robbins
USA


Kat Hartley
UK


Lindsey Agnostinelli
UK


Kay Cooper
Australia

Happy Belated Halloween everyone!

:-)

Friday, 28 July 2017

Here comes Summer!

Here comes Summer on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters! 

We hope you enjoy this selection of beautiful Summer themed creations by some of our members ...

Melanie Jayne
UK

Natalia Petelina
Ukraine

Silke Hirschfelder
Germany

Rachel Summersby
UK

Michelle Doig
UK

Wishing you all a fun filled Summer 2017!

:-)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A hint of Spring

It's just around the corner ...
 yes, here comes a hint of Spring 2017 at last!

Elizabeth Lloyd
UK

Natalia Petelina
Ukraine

Kay Cooper
Australia

Vicky Lougher
USA

We look forward to bringing you the best of Spring on The Guild of Masterbearcrafters, in the coming weeks!


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

2017 TOBY Industry's Choice Award Winners

The TOBY Awards never fail to create a stir in the world of teddy bear artistry and this year is no exception. We are delighted so many of our Guild members have been honoured with a 2017 TOBY Industry's Choice Award.

Here are just a few of our many international TOBY Award winners ...

Anne-Marie Verron
France

Ron and Kristy Northman
USA

Michelle Freeman
USA

As you can see, the standard of creativity and originality was exceptionally high this year. Congratulations to our super talented Guild members!

:)

Waiting for Spring

After the heavy grey skies of January 2017, members are looking forward to the arrival of Spring on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters ...

Elizabeth Lloyd 
UK

Janet Young
Canada

Rebekka Omtzigt
Netherlands

A handful of early springtime teddy bears and friends have already arrived on the Guild and we are anticipating many more creations from around the world, in the coming months. 

Let's hope they bring sunshine with them!


:-)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Spring is in the air!

A host of golden daffodils, fresh green buds on the trees and ... 

Created by Elizabeth Lloyd
UK

Teddy bears wearing pretty bonnets!
Yes, Spring has arrived on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters!

Created by Carolyn Robbins
USA

Created by Dawn Jellis-Jones
UK

Created by Donna Hager
USA

Created by Gill Cattroll
UK

Created by Melanie Jayne
UK

Here's to a lovely new season of teddy bear 'Springspiration' on the Guild of Master Bearcrafters!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

2016 TOBY Industry's Choice Award Winners!

Huge congratulations to our super-talented 2016 TOBY Industry's Choice Award winners!  

The TOBY Awards are one of the most prestigious international teddy bear making/design honours and the competition is fierce, so these awards are definitely fabulous feathers in our Guild members' bear crafting caps!

TOBY INDUSTRY'S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS 
2016

Anne-Marie Verron
France

Charlene Draeger
USA

Christie Kotz
USA

Dawn Jellis Jones
UK

Denise Purrington
USA

Helen Clennel White
UK

Melanie McCarthy
UK

Melanie McCarthy
UK

Natascha Sabo
Germany

Rachel Summersby
UK

Silke Hirschfelder
Germany

Tatian Scalozub
Ukraine

Below is the complete list of our Guild members honoured with a 2016 TOBY AWARD. 

Congratulations everyone!

Anne-Marie Verron
Dawn Jellis-Jones
Natascha Sabo
Helen Clennel-White
Melanie Jayne McCarthy
Denise Purrington
Christie Kotz
Rachel Summersby
Silke Hirshfelder
Charlene Draegar
Tatiana Skalozub
Elanor Andrews
Ann-Marie Dodd
Lisa Madsen
Donna Griffin
Kim Russell
Michelle Lamb
Lori Simon
Heike Buchner
Yvonne Andrew
Annalise Taddei
Shelly Allison
Francesca Boretti
Lisa Page
Angela McGinn
Linda Down
Wanda Carson
Katherine Hallam

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A word from Sandra M Pape

A word from Sandra M Pape

BEAR HUGS ORIGINALS

Bearcrafter since the late 1990's

USA

Sandra M. Pape

Greetings my Bear Friends~

My name is Sandra Marie and I am the artist/bear maker behind Bear Hugs Originals.  I have been creating/designing teddies and their little friends since the late 1990's.  My first little teddy was created when I was just a wee little girl and I still proudly hang him from our Christmas tree each and every year.


The bears I create are made of the finest quality mohair, alpaca and luxury faux fur available.  Each Bear Hugs Original is handmade and 100% hand sewn without the use of a sewing machine.  All of my patterns are designed from my own sketches and each bear is an authentic, one-of-a-kind collectible artist bear.


 I live in Southwest, Florida with my husband and two children.  While I have a dedicated sewing room, I much prefer to be with my family as much as possible.  So I load a little wicker basket with all the materials that I need to keep me sewing and just carry my work around with me.


I had always wanted to create my own teddy bears and I finally took the plunge back in 1996 when I purchased my very first piece of mohair.  I sketched out my own pattern and the rest was history...I was totally addicted to creating teddies that is until 2001, when I had an accident that stopped me in my tracks.  Unfortunately it did take me out of bear making for many years.  But, I am back and trying to make the best of it.


My favorite part of bear making is creating their heads.  I love working on their heads because they start to become animated and start speaking to me as I shape and sculpt their features.  It's very comforting for me and I put a lot of my own heart and soul into each of my creations.


I am extremely honored to have won a 2013 "Excellence in Bear Artistry Award" for "Oliver".  Then in 2015 I won a "Fourth Place URSA Award" for "Flopsy" and a 2015 "Excellence in Bear Artistry Award" for "Frankenteddy".  I was also featured in the April 2015 issue of Bears & Buds Online Magazine and featured in the Teddy Bear & Friends Marketplace for "Rory the Raccoon" and "Wags the Dog".

I am very pleased to be a member of the Guild of Master Bear Crafters.  The Guild Blog is a beautiful webpage where you can see the most up-to-date creations of professional bear artists, while gaining valuable insight and inspiration.


Warm regards,
Sandra Marie
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