ABOUT BETTY

I started making teddy bears over 30 years ago when i had to nurse my mother for several years. A friend was in a faux fur and sheep skin trade and got me in very dense fur which was wonderful to work with. I used to sell them at agricultural shows with a friend and in those days the 24inch teddy bear sold for $20!!!!! After my mother died i packed up all my toy making gear and trained to be masseur and Osteopath eventually having my own clinic and School of massage and Osteopathy.

When i retired several years ago, and having moved more than once, i needed something from the attic. There i found a box marked “cut out bears” i took this down and found bodies and arms but no heads or legs. Another hunt through the attic found the missing parts and several boxes of different coloured dense faux furs.

I decided that it was time to go back to bear making. I realised that many people had joined the teddy bear making league so what could i do that was different? I love music – so it seemed the best idea – to create “Musical Teddy Bears”. This was a good idea for the bigger teddy bears but since then i have added much smaller teddy bears to the collection – down to 2inch! – and i havn’t found any musical boxes small enough!! I also needed people to recognise my teddy bears which are very traditional. I know teddy bears didn’t originate in England, but mine are made in the heart of Devon and now in Blenheim NZ – so the rose of England became my trade mark and you will find a little rose behind the right ear of all my teddy bears made since 2003.

A lot of love goes into each teddy bear and i hope that this love will be passed on with each teddy bear.

The Birth of a Teddy Bear


  1. Conception: Midnight thoughts, new fur and my own pattern.
  2. Surgery  The fur fabric then has the pattern drawn out on it and is ready to be cut out either with a scalpel or very sharp, pointed scissors. The surgical manipulation completed, the sutures have to be inserted! This takes the form of first tacking the pieces together to make sure the fur does not get caught in the seams and then machining if the teddy bear is large enough or hand sewing for the little teddy bears.
  3. E.N.T clinic:  The next step is for the eyes to be inserted, the nose to be covered in leather and the ears to be glued on to leather.
  4. Orthopeadic clinic: The parts then have their joints inserted. All arms and legs have discs and cotter pins. The neck joint may vary from disc and cotter pin to swivel joints or ones which enable the heads to turn to the music.
  5. Time for stuffing!!! Only the best non inflammable stuffing is used and at this point the musical boxes are inserted.
  6. Back to surgery!  Time now for all the seams to be secured with the help of a curved needle. The ears to be sewn on with a leather needle.
  7. Cosmetic surgery! The features are defined for individual effects. Threads are positioned and pulled tight and all the features are cut out with very small, sharp pointed scissors. Lastly the English rose is secured behind the right ear. The bear is then named, photographed and catalogued.

 

AND SO A TEDDY IS BORN!

DONT FORGET!

Teddy Bears never snore

Teddy Bears never tell your secrets

Teddy Bears never spend your money

Teddy Bears always listen

Teddy Bears never tell you off

Teddy Bears always need a cuddle

Teddy Bears are always there for you

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