The commission process
For those times when you would like to have a teddy bear created especially for you ...
Your special bear..
If you enjoy my style of work and think you might be interested in having me create a bear especially for you, I would be delighted to chat about possibilities. Please get in touch!
If you are new to the wonderful world of handcrafted collectible artist teddy bears,
here are a few teddy bear making facts...
It may surprise you to learn that each teddy bear will take between eight and approximately twelve hours to create from start to finish (this doesn't include design time, or time to knit/sew accessories).
Artist bears are not created from commercial patterns. The beauty of an artist bear is that he has been created and brought to life, purely from the imagination of its maker.
My preferred fabric for creating teddy bears is mohair, a luxurious fur fabric created in Germany from the hair of the Angora goat and woven into fabulous teddy bear fur. I also enjoy working with quality cloth such as Harris Tweed, a pure wool fabric, traditionally woven on the Hebridean Islands of Scotland and produced in a wonderful array of designs and colourways. Occasionally, I may also make a teddy bear using alpaca, a wonderfully dense, soft fabric, woven from alpaca wool.
My teddy bears have top quality English glass eyes, or occasionally, vintage boot buttons for eyes. I hand embroider their noses. They are five way jointed in the traditional style using hardboard joints, cotter pins and nuts 'n bolts when appropriate. Teddy paws are selected to complement the main body of the bear, mostly from pure German wool felt, pretty cotton prints or velvet. The bears are stuffed with new polyester fibre, blended with either plastic pellets or tiny glass beads to add a pleasing weight. Large teddy bears incorporate a traditional tilt growler in their tummies.
Each teddy bear has my 'All Bear by Paula' signature label, stitched into the rear seam and will also come to you with an 'All Bear by Paula' hangtag attached.
Each of my teddy bears has been inspired in one way or another, from nature, celebration and the joy of colour.
I have been creating unique teddy bears for adult collectors, for twenty five years.
I am inspired to create bears which celebrate the heritage of the teddy bear.
My teddy bears are created by hand and designed from the heart.