• 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.
  • 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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    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. ADOPTED

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    £ 150.00

    An 12 inch bear made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed screen print cotton velvet. This bear made from exquisite haute couture interior design fabric accessorized with their trade mark pleated silk fabric. These textiles are taking our bespoke bears to another level.

    £ 150.00
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    £ 600.00

     An 18 inch bear made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed screen print cotton velvet. This bear made from exquisite haute couture interior design fabric accessorized with their trade mark pleated silk fabric. These textiles are taking our bespoke bears to another level.

    £ 600.00
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     An 18 inch bear made from Charles and Patricia Lester hand dyed screen print cotton velvet. This bear made from exquisite haute couture interior design fabric accessorized with their trade mark pleated silk fabric. These textiles are taking our bespoke bears to another level.

    £ 600.00
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    £ 185.00

    17 inch high “doll”, who wants to be a teddy bear! The head is vintage porcelain her body and hood are made from vintage mohair. Filled with a combination of carded wool and steel shot and has an aluminium wire “spine” to give her added stability.

    £ 185.00
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    £ 115.00

     An 18 inch bear made from Abraham Moon and Co British wool milled in Leeds UK. He is "fed" with a combination of carded wool from North Wales, steel shot and has a growler in his tummy. Dressed in hand knitted scarf made from Rowan yarns. ADOPTED

    £ 115.00
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     An 18 inch bear made from Abraham Moon and Co British wool milled in Leeds UK. He is "fed" with a combination of carded wool from North Wales, steel shot and has a growler in his tummy. Dressed in hand knitted scarf made from Rowan yarns.

    £ 115.00
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    14 inch mohair bear, this lovely soft yellow colour is achieved from a dye made with Daffodils from our garden . He is fed with a combination of carded wool from North Wales, wood wool and steel shot. He is fully jointed, has glass eyes, velvet paw and foot pads and is accessorised with a proper bow tie.

    £ 130.00
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    £ 115.00

     An 18 inch bear made from Abraham Moon and Co British wool milled in Leeds UK. He is "fed" with a combination of carded wool from North Wales, steel shot and has a growler in his tummy. Dressed in hand knitted scarf made from Rowan yarns.

    £ 115.00
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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

November

14-17 Living Crafts for Christmas, Blenheim Palace, WOODSTOCK OX20 1PP

23-24 Rolls of Monmouth Christmas Fair, The Hendre, MONMOUTH NP25 5HG

December

7 Christmas in The Courtyard, St Mary's Priory Church, ABERGAVENNY NP7 5ND

12 Night Craft and Street Food Market, Market Hall, ABERGAVENNY NP7 5EH

Next Event

Our next outing will be Living Crafts for Christmas at Blenheim, 14-17 Nov at Blenheim Palace, WOODSTOCK OX20 1PP. 

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