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Heritage teddy bear making - residential


About the Course

Calling all Arctophiles! This residential weekend workshop teaches all aspects of traditional teddy-bear making, using only the finest quality materials.

The workshop runs from 9.30 - 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, during which you will learn how to create Cornelius, who is a deep-thinking and rather pensive bear. (Of course you can make your own with a completely different expression).

He stands 16" high and is constructed of golden sparse mohair with light brown ultra-suede paw pads, and is fully-jointed based on a traditional design. He has glass eyes and is filled with stuffing, complete with growler.

He is mostly sewing-machine stitched, so competence on a sewing machine is essential. No other skills are needed, making this course ideal for beginners. However, there is a lot of work involved in constructing Cornelius and the course is quite intense, with some additional evening sewing possibly required. The hard work is worthwhile as the workshop teaches all aspects of traditional bear and soft doll making, including inserting cotter-pins for fully poseable head and limbs, creating individual expressions by hand-embroidering features, inserting glass eyes and internal growler and fitting paw pads.

You may either bring along your own sewing machine or use one of ours.

Please note this is a Collectors' Only bear, and not a child's toy. As such it does not conform with toy safety regulations such as safety eyes and joints, or fire retardant materials, so it is essential that you do not give your bear to a young child.

We bring in specialist tutors for individual courses and sometimes offer different courses within the same category.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Use of all tools and tuition. An additional materials charge of £30 is payable to tutor. Sewing machines may be hired for £5 per day if you do not bring your own.

Mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries, a light lunch and traditional afternoon cream tea are included.

Please note: The price quoted is for day-time students only. This is a Residential weekend with on-site accommodation and evening meals. For full brochure detailing accommodation and full package price, please message us. All rooms are king-size or twin-bedded en-suite.

Please also note we have two extremely friendly dogs who are very much part of the family.

The course is limited to 6 students, but participants may bring along partners who wish to pursue their own activities.


Kathy King at Crafty Makes in the Lakes
Glenfield House
Back Corkickle
CA28 7TS
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday

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A super weekend and a really lovely bear, I find it hard to believe I actually made him. Refreshments and company were an added bonus.

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- - #26382

Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:

Hi Gill

So glad you enjoyed the weekend. Everyone's bears were lovely, as the photos show.

Kind regards

Fantastic two days. Met some lovely people and went home with a fantastic teddy bear and new skills. Can't wait to make the next one!
Thank you Kathy x

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- - #24813

Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:

Thank you for your kind review Lindsay. I am so glad you enjoyed our weekend. Do send me photos of your future creations. X

I had a brilliant weekend attending Kathy's course with my friend. I have made some teddy bears using a sewing machine before but a LONG time ago. Kathy explained everything very clearly and I was delighted with my new smiley bear! The other ladies on the course were very friendly and there was a really nice atmosphere in which to create. The food Kathy provided was excellent and the accommodation was very comfortable. As a dog lover there was an extra bonus when Kathy's two delightful dogs were around! Thank you for a great crafty weekend!

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- - #24539

Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:

I am delighted you both enjoyed your weekend Sue, and thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to welcome you both.

All the bears were very individual and your smiley bear indeed looked a very happy-chappy.

Thank you for a wonderful weekend creating my heritage jointed bear called Wilbur. I have never attempted to make a bear before and was thrilled to see Wilbur taking shape and actually finished. All the bears created had their own individual personalities and were delightful. There was lots of banter and laughs between all the ladies on the course, creating a lovely atmosphere in which to work.
Kathy is a kind, helpful, and generous host / instructor, always ready to give help and encouragement. She provided us with lots of drinks, biscuits, cakes and delicious lunches, a real treat. Thank you for a wonderful memorable weekend. Regards Gillian

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- - #24534

Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:

Thank you Gillian for such a heart-felt review. It was, indeed, a pleasure to teach such a lovely group of ladies, and we certainly had a few laughs!

I hope your family welcomed Wilbur into their midst and who knows - you may create some siblings for him at some point in the future.

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- - #24518

Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:

Hello Carol
Thank you for your kind review. I am so glad you enjoyed the weekend. It was certainly a laugh, and I think we all regressed to childhood when we held our Teddies' Picnic!

I have just returned home after this fantastic Teddy making course. Having never made a bear before but with some sewing/dressmaking skills I found the bear great fun to make. Kathy gave us all the tools and skills required to produce a beautiful, jointed mohair bear. As you can see from the pictures above the bears all turned out very well each with their own personality - the day we made the heads and faces there were many cries of delight as the little bears started to gain their own very different characters.
The size of the group was just right for such a course and I have made some great new friends.
Kathy provided lunch and afternoon tea which were both fantastic and a great treat.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who fancies learning the skills needed to make heritage bears.

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- - #24489

Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:

Thank you so much Claire. I am so glad you enjoyed the weekend and it was a delight to teach such a lovely group of ladies and as you say, see the bears start to develop their individual personalities. (I think they enjoyed their first Teddy Bears' Picnic!!)

I warmly recommend this course. My friend and I had a lovely weekend spent making a charming little bear in a beautiful part of England! Lyn helped us all to create a jointed bear in our choice of mohair. All materials are included in the cost of the course, making it good value for money. Lyn is an excellent teacher - patient and very encouraging. Most of us were new to bear-making, but we all went home having completed our own bear, each with their own character. To finish, we had to 'stick at it' over the two days and some of us had a bit of stitching to complete as 'homework', but the finished bears were well worth it!
The number on the course is limited and Lyn ensured that we received individual attention when we needed it, as well as keeping us well-supplied with tea and coffee.
My friend and I stayed at Kathy's guesthouse. We enjoyed her hospitality and cooking, and fell in love with her two dogs!

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- - #16742

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