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.
We bring in specialist tutors for individual courses and sometimes offer different courses within the same category.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials, as well as use of sewing machines, unless you prefer to bring your own.
Mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries, a light lunch and traditional afternoon cream tea are included.
PLEASE NOTE: This a residential only course, and on-site accommodation is available at a rate of £40 (2 sharing) or £50 single occupancy per person per night. The course is limited to 6 students, but participants may bring along partners who wish to persue their own activities. Price for non-residential participants is £140.00
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!
Sue Kirkham - - #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.
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
Gillian - - #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 attended the above Vintage Teddy Making course, held this weekend and it was wonderful. I've got a background of sewing having made my own clothes and my daughter's, plus I love doing Textile Taxidermy, Machine Embroidery and hand Embroidery, and I've also made Rag Doll's but never a Teddy Bear. So this Vintage Teddy Making Course intrigued me, and more or less on my doorstep too! as I live in Ravenglass, so to save me from driving each morning of the two-day course I stayed with Kathy and three other's ladies who were also attending the course at the Glenfield House B/B, I have to say Kathy is the most marvellous Hostess and Teacher, the venue is most fitting for such a course with plenty of natural light and space to work in, during the course we had plenty of refreshment break's, with lashing of coffee and biscuit's, lunch was a buffet-style meal accompanied with salads, and late afternoon scones served jam and lashing's of clotted cream, while on the subject of food for those of us who were staying at the Glenfield House enjoyed a wonderful 3 course meal with wine.
The course itself was intensive, but all stages of the bear making were well explained, the Teddy kit was beautifully presented and everything needed to complete our vintaged bear's was provided plus the use of the tool's for the joints, Kathy also gave clear instructions and demonstrations along the way helped us if we got in a pickle as sometimes I did, I was able to complete my Vintage Teddy in the given time allotted with the kind help one or two of the younger ladies who stuffed my Teddy's leg's and arm's, and when we had all completed our bear's and named them, we all celebrated by having a Teddy Bear's picnic before we went our separate way's, I have to say I have really enjoyed myself this weekend, and felt that I've made some new friends too and certainly in Kathy I shall be attending more of her courses in the future.
Carol Ann Stent - - #24518
Response from Crafty Makes in the Lakes:Hello Carol
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.
Claire Saville - - #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!
Pauline Parr - - #16742
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