• 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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    Miss Maud is a 14 inch high bear made from distressed viscose, has a faux button eye and is loosely jointed to give that “pre loved” / vintage look and feel. She is filled with a combination of wood wool, polyester and steel shot. 

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    Henry Henry is a 14 inch bear made from soft kid mohair. He is fully jointed, filled with a combination of wood wool, polyester and steel shot. Tip him and he will growl for you. 

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  • Ifor is an 18 inch tall Handmade One of a Kind Bear, made from British wool sourced and woven in the Elvet Woollen Mill Carmarthen Wales. He is filled with polyester, wood wool and steel shot. ADOPTED

    £ 85.00
  • Oswalt is an 14 inch tall Handmade One of a Kind Bear, made from British wool sourced and woven in the Elvet Woollen Mill Carmarthen Wales. He is filled with polyester, wood wool and steel shot. He is fully jointed and has glass eyes.  The pattern of the fabric is a traditional Welsh blanket pattern and produced by Elvet Woollen Mill.

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  • Bevan is an 14 inch tall Handmade One of a Kind Bear, made from British wool sourced and woven in the Elvet Woollen Mill Carmarthen Wales. He is filled with polyester, wood wool and steel shot. He is fully jointed and has glass eyes.  The pattern of the fabric is a traditional Welsh blanket pattern and produced by Elvet Woollen Mill. ADOPTED

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    Ganymede is an 18 inch fully jointed bear with vintage boot button eyes made from Abraham Moon & Co textiles.

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    Kale is an 18 inch fully jointed bear with vintage boot button eyes made from Abraham Moon & Co textiles.

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  • Foxi is a 9 inch mohair bear who likes to dress up as a fox. 

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

April

15 Bobby's Bear Fair, Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington, BOLTON BL6 7SB

May

4-7 Living Crafts at Hatfield, Hatfield House, HATFIELD AL9 5NQ
14 Hampshire Bear Fair, Community Centre, LYNDHURST SO43 7NY
20 Greyhound Rescue Wales Craft Fair, The Gathering Place, St Athan CF62 4JH

June

11 Woburn Abbey Teddy Bear Festival, Woburn MK17 4WA
24-25 Hampton Court Castle and Gardens Midsummer Fair, Hope-under-Dinmore HR6 0PN
28-29 Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich NR5 0TT

Next Event

Our next outing will be to Bobby's Bear Fair, Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington, BOLTON BL6 7SB on Easter Saturday 15 April 

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