Wednesday, 27 April 2016


........... in honour of Queen Elizabeth who turned the grand old age of 90 last week! I was struggling for a name as usual and my very good friend, Elaine, came up with it when she came for dinner at the weekend. And I am a Royalist through and through, so it had to be!

Lilibet is just about 8 inches tall, made from a lovely silver-grey, beautifully soft Viscose fabric. She is filled with the usual firm fibre-fill and steel shot for weight. She is 5-way jointed, with black glass eyes and simply adorned with a fabric bow around her head which matches the fabric used for her paw pads. Lilibet has been distressed around the edges for a nice look of vintage!

I hope you like her too!

And now that the fabric has arrived, I can make a start on Edgar the Second - a commission!

Sunday, 10 April 2016


It’s a relief to have another finished bear to blog about (a bunny actually) so that I can relegate the ‘green eyed monster’ to a steep learning curve!! LOL I have said that I am still learning at the moment and all I did was to prove it – lesson learnt!!!

So, who do we have next? Someone much more up my street that’s who. I’ve made a cute little bunny: on the vintage and slightly distressed side. Blossom is from a pattern by Olive Grove Primitives and happily, she looks remarkably like the one in the pattern photo.

I’ve used a beautiful viscose fabric in the most gorgeous dusty pink colour. The more I use viscose, the more I enjoy working with it – better than mohair in fact. She is 5-way jointed and is 8 inches from top to toe. She has BLACK glass eyes (LOL) and is filled with the usual firm fibre filling and steel shot for a nice bit of weight. Blossom has been slightly distressed around the edges and is simply attired with a pretty pink ribbon around her lovely long bunny ears and has a fake rusty safety pin, a small bell and old coin charm pinned to her chest. And to finish off, a bit of faux mending stitches here and there.

I hope you like Blossom – I’m rather pleased with her!

Saturday, 2 April 2016


I know, not a very original name!! So, we’re in the month of April and I couldn’t think of anything else. I started with the name Apple (because of the colour of course) and really, I did once come across a child by that name ….. yes!!!

Now I want honest answers please: what do you think of the green eyes, because I’m not at all convinced? I nearly painted over them with black nail varnish, but then I knew I would probably make a hash of it and ruin the bear completely!! Let me know what you think (diplomatically!) and then I’ll know NEVER to use green eyes again and stick with the black ones.

Anyway, April is made of a lovely lime green mohair and she is totally hand-sewn. She is 10 inches from top to toe, has GREEN glass eyes with some white felt underneath and a brown stitched nose. She is 5-way jointed and filled with firm fibre fill and plenty of steel shot for a nice weighty feel. I have also given her a slightly distressed/aged look around the edges using oil pastels. I have made her a green floral cotton dress (machine sewn), trimmed with vintage crochet lace and I even managed to attach these antique brass popper fasteners - I was very pleased with myself that I managed to attach them without ruining the dress, hence the photo! She also has a pretty pink ribbon around her head. 

I wondered while I was taking photographs whether I should have made her some underwear!!! Too late now though, as my mind is on my next bear.

Mostly because April sort of matches my lovely vase, here she is sitting under my Easter tree next to my multi-colour bunnies (which I did NOT make – they’re way too small)!! 

Your thoughts please

Tuesday, 15 March 2016


…….. is a little brown teddy bear dressed up in his favourite animal costume; a fox! He's as cute as can be, which meant I couldn’t resist him when I spotted the pattern on Etsy. 

He’s from a pattern designed by a Russian lady by the name of Sacha Pokrass. Don’t you just love his foxy suit ……. get that white-tipped tail and the ears!!

Here Darwin is showing the back so you can see his long foxy tail properly – you can also just about see his ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label. I know I’m called Bilberry Grove, but eventually, when I do start a proper business of Artist Bear making, I’ve decided I shall change to Bilberry Lane – I did wonder about Bilberry Lane Bears, but I’m not sure yet.

Darwin is just a tad over 8 inches from top to toe. He himself is made from brown mohair and his fox suit is made from viscose. He is 5-way jointed, has black glass eyes and is filled with a heavy fibre fill and steel shot for weight.

Darwin is a sitting bear/fox!! He doesn’t actually stand, only when propped up as he is in this photo. The name Darwin comes from the Darwin Fox: an endangered breed found in South America.

Do you like Darwin?

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Bear with no name:0(

………….. and how about this damn cute little fella!!? With his bunny ears hat – so sweet!! 

He is from a kit I bought from Noble Fabrics (pattern, fabric, glass eyes etc). I haven’t come up with a name for him yet (I’m too tired this evening, but perhaps something will come to mind another day, although suggestions will be welcomed). His name is ‘Schnute’ in the pattern, but I’m not sure about that name!!

All 6 inches of him is made from beautifully soft Viscose fabric. He is 5-way jointed and filled with heavy fibre fill and steel shot for a bit of weight, he has black glass eyes and is slightly distressed around the edges for a vintage look.

I’m planning on making a bigger version one of the days, but I need to increase the pattern size first! 

Comments very welcome!!

Saturday, 13 February 2016


Gosh, I nearly forgot to blog Valentino – do you like the name? Well, it is Valentine’s Day tomorrow! 

The red polka dot fabric was already sewn in, so when I was wondering what theme to go with, I simply added a red felted heart to his tummy. To be honest, I started this bear months ago but I only got as far as sewing his head together, so I thought it was time to finish one job before starting another.

Valentino is made from mohair fabric, red polka dot fabric for his paw pads and inner ears and measures 8½ inches from top to toe. He is 5-way jointed, has black glass eyes and is filled with firm fibre filling and steel shot for weight. To finish I have used distress inks and fake repair stitches to give him a lovely vintage look, with a ribbon and 2 rusty bells around his neck.

I hope you like Valentino and wish you a perfectly lovely Valentine’s Day tomorrow!!

Thursday, 4 February 2016


Here is the second bear I’ve made for my cousin Gwyneth. It’s to be a gift for a friend’s young granddaughter ………. and can you guess the little girl’s name? Well done, yes it is ‘Bunty’!

From the first day Gwyneth asked me to make something for Bunty, the only thing that kept coming into my head was the ‘Bunty’ comic I used to read as a girl, together with the Christmas annual, which I awaited eagerly, so that’s where the idea came from. As with ‘Daisy’ (two posts ago), I couldn’t make one of my quirky, vintage style bears for Bunty; as she's quite young, so she is prettier than I prefer to make. I managed to find a copy of an old annual on eBay at a very reasonable price, which I then took loads of photographs of, loaded them on to my laptop and then reduced them way down in size before printing them out. Then it was just (!!!!!) a case of cutting out and gluing together to produce a miniature copy – it isn’t the whole book, but just enough to make it look good – flippin’ hard work though I can tell you!!

Bunty's appears to be enjoying her book - have a peek over her shoulder and see what she's reading!

Anyway, to the detail! All 9 inches of Bunty is made from pretty pink mohair and a contrasting floral fabric for her paw pads. She is 5-way jointed, has black glass eyes and is filled with firm fibre filling and steel shot to weight her. I’ve made a collar trimmed with a bit of lace and finished with silk ribbon, which happily matches the fabrics used – the ribbon was an experiment in hand-dying a while ago. The final touch is a little brooch tied to the ribbon containing a picture of a bear (well what else eh!).

Bunty will be off on her travels to South Wales as soon as I can find a suitable box!

Sunday, 10 January 2016


I’m afraid I’ve rather fallen for my latest creation. This is Dylan; all 7½ inches of him! I knew as soon as I saw the pattern that I must make him. 

Dylan is from a pattern by Sylvie Touzard (next picture). The original bear I think is made from Viscose, which I didn’t have, so I used a similar colour mohair and cut it back quite a lot.

I’ve been as true to the pattern as I can; right down to his funny little trousers. The pattern calls for an old sock! However, I used the end of a sleeve of an old jumper I was going to throw out – to the same effect more or less; and then simply added some ribbon and I also added a couple of bells. And what about that cute little fat tummy – similar to mine right now, but that’s not why I love him so much LOL

Dylan has black glass eyes, a stitched nose and is filled with fibre fill and steel shot. I think he’s going to take pride of place – certainly for the time being anyway!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Daisy, Daisy .......

Cue for a song??!! But don't worry; I won't LOL

Here’s my latest young lady bear! Her name is Daisy. She is a commission from my very lurverly cousin Gwyneth who wants her for a little girl called ……………. yes you’ve guessed it, Daisy! I was left entirely to my own devises in the making of Daisy, so I hope Gwyneth likes her, although I have already told her that it’s fine if this is not what she wants. I didn’t think it was right to make one of my quirky style bears, as Daisy is a young/little girl (not sure actually of her age) who would no doubt prefer 'cute'. I did make a dress for her (which took me about 4 hours believe it or not!), but then I didn’t like it on her and decided ‘less is more’ in order that the lovely mohair fabric can be seen.

Daisy is approximately 9½ inches tall and made from a very pale lemon Ratinee mohair (I think the ‘Ratinee’ means curly) – I hope the colour shows clearly on your screens. The colour is actually described as ‘Banana Whip’, but I suppose it could appear as a cream kind of colour. She has black glass eyes and is 5-way jointed with matching pale lemon cotton velvet for her paw pads, with just a touch of ‘distressing’ around the edges. Daisy has lemon and peach ribbons around her head and a daisy necklace (also made by me) and she’s carrying a bouquet of paper daisy flowers.

As usual, any comments are welcome!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

To my 'bloggy' friends everywhere - I hope you all have a fun-filled, family time this Christmas

and an extra picture of my Christmas lights decked Singer sewing machine!! LOL - I needed to cut back a bit this year, so didn't bother to buy a tree, but instead decorated my Singer with lights and the Christmas fairy - seems quite appropriate for a sewer really don't you think :0)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Christmas bear

This is Casper (as in one of the Three Kings), my Christmas bear. Well, what else could he be made from such lovely red mohair fabric? He’s made from the same pattern as my last bear below (Sammy): a pattern I can’t even give credit for, as it was a free pattern found on Pinterest – thanks anyway to whoever is the designer!!

Casper looks as though he’s going carol singing doesn’t? He’s carrying his rusty primitive style lantern trimmed with greenery and pip berries; and has his Christmas carol singing sheet at the ready – I’ve tried to photograph the inside of the carol sheet to show the detail, but it's rather blurred - sorry!! I made it from vintage carol sheet images I found: I shrunk them down, printed them, glued them together and added an antique style eyelet

He has glass eyes; slightly smaller than Sammy’s, firm fibre filling and steel shot in his tummy and feet, faux repair stitching and distressing here and there to give an aged appearance.
For his nose, I’ve tried the felting technique just to see how that works – it’s ok I guess! And finally, Casper is trimmed with white chiffon ribbon, a holly sprig and two random buttons for a bit more colour.

I do hope you like Casper