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.
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.
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.
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
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