• The Story of Briefcase Bear

    My youngest daughter, Roberta, was around four or five years old when she decided my husband, Iain, needed a toy to take to work with him. Her school had recently had a “bring your favourite toy to school day” and she thought it would be a good idea for Iain to do the same. The only problem was that the toy she had chosen was much too big, so we went out to look for a small teddy to go in his briefcase. We found a lonely green fluffy teddy about 7" high – the last one on the shelf! - and we bought him. Berta wrote note, in her best hand writing ("My name is Briefcase Bear I am here to be your friend!") and we then snuck him into Iain's briefcase. What I didn’t realise was that Iain had an important meeting first thing the next day, so the well-intended gift didn’t just surprise him but also his superiors sat next to him when he opened his case to find a tiny shaggy teddy with a child’s hand written note around its neck staring at him! Thankfully, Iain’s bosses have a sense of humour, and Briefcase Bear has gone everywhere with him since. It was Roberta (now in her twenties) who suggested that the bears I had recently taken to making be called Briefcase Bears, a reminder of the intention behind that first little bear – a brighter start to the day, a companion that doesn’t argue or talk back, and more importantly, a friend at work to cheer you up.
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    Annie is 20 inches high. A prototype for a commission but we loved her so much we bought her, her own hand made outfit!

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    Beti is a 12 inches high and is made from mohair that has been hand dyed using red onion skins, she is dressed in hand made dress, fed with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. She is fully jointed and has glass eyes.

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    Timothy is 10 inch mohair bear. Fully jointed with glass eyes, “fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is dressed in hand made outfit.

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    Pedr is a 14 inch bear, made from Cambrian Wool textiles Welsh tweed and dressed in a hand knitted Cambrian Welsh Wool scarf and ceramic brooch hand made made on the Welsh Borders. He is "Fed" with wool from North Wales and steel punching's with vintage boot buttons for eyes.

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    Ambrose is 18 inches high made from Abraham Moon textiles, with hand knitted wool and silk mix scarf. “Fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is fully jointed, has vintage boot buttons for eyes and a growler in his tummy.

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    Hubert is 14 inch high made from Abraham Moon textiles, he is accessorised with Irish linen winged collar and bowtie made from Liberty of London textiles. “Fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is fully jointed and has vintage boot buttons for eyes.

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    Tanwen is an 18 inch bear with growler in his tummy made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed silk velvet. This bear made from such exquisite haute couture fabric takes our bespoke bears to another level. ADOPTED 

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    Beppo is a 14 inch bear made from Italian viscose filled with a combination of wood wool, heavy weight polyester and steel shot. He is dressed in a hand made outfit. 

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  • Narcissus is a 12 inch bear made from mohair dyed using daffodil petals "fed" with wool from North Wales with steel shot for added weight. Accessorized with hand knitted Rowan yarn knitted scarf

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    Myrddin is an 18 inch bear with growler in his tummy made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed silk velvet. This bear made from such exquisite haute couture fabric takes our bespoke bears to another level. This beautiful fabric is not found for sale in this form outside the Lester studio as such each bears made from Lester textiles comes complete...

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    Hubert is 14 inch high made from Abraham Moon textiles, he is accessorised with Irish linen winged collar and bowtie made from Liberty of London textiles. “Fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is fully jointed and has vintage boot buttons for eyes.

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    Ambrose is 18 inches high made from Abraham Moon textiles, with hand knitted wool and silk mix scarf. “Fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is fully jointed, has vintage boot buttons for eyes and a growler in his tummy.

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    Timothy is 10 inch mohair bear. Fully jointed with glass eyes, “fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is dressed in hand made outfit.

    £ 85.00
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    Beti is a 12 inches high and is made from mohair that has been hand dyed using red onion skins, she is dressed in hand made dress, fed with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. She is fully jointed and has glass eyes.

    £ 140.00
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    Timothy is 10 inch mohair bear. Fully jointed with glass eyes, “fed” with a combination of wood wool, steel shot and carded wool from North Wales. He is dressed in hand made outfit.

    £ 85.00
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

November

15-18  Living Crafts at Christmas, Blenheim Palace, WOODSTOCK OX20 1PP

24-25  Rolls of Monmouth Christmas Fair, Rolls Golf Course, The Hendre, nr MONMOUTH NP25 5HG

December

1-2   Usk Christmas Market, USK NP15 1AU

13     Abergavenny Night Market (5-9pm). Market Hall, ABERGAVENNY NP7 5SD

Next Event

Our next outing will be to Living Crafts at Christmas, to be held at Blenheim Palace, WOODSTOCK OX20 1PP between the 15th and 18th November

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