I own a small hand embroidery business however last year I bought a bear making kit on a whim and I was hooked! I didn't want to make anything too complicated with increasing arthritis in my fingers but chanced to pick up a book which showed soft toys being held together with Poppers (Press Studs). I had a large haul of assorted vintage velvets that I was desperate to use so I decided to dye it, applied the same techniques I had learned in that first bear kit, started moulding and colouring my own noses, made lots of delightful mistakes and even dusted off a pair of knitting needles! My little Velveteens became a happy break away from the close work by which I make my living and to my delight people asked to buy them!
It is with the encouragement of my sister, hubby and a couple of bear collecting friends that I start this page to share in my newfound velvety love and with a bit of luck, cover the cost of my rapidly growing stash!
Each of my little Velveteens becomes a little character and an extension of my rather bizarre imaginative world!