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Heritage Teddy Bear Making Weekend


Duration: Two days

Price: £100

Run by: Kathy King
at Crafty Makes in the Lakes

Glenfield House
Back Corkickle
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7TS

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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 10.00-4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, during which you will learn how to create Cornelius, who is a deep-thinker and a rather pensive bear. (Of course you can make your own with a completely different expression).

He stands 16" high and is a 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 is 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 have just one place left on our September weekend and five places left on our May weekend. Other dates may be added if demand sufficient.

We bring in specialist tutors for individual courses and sometimes offer different courses within the same category. Please note the review below is for a different, hand-stitched miniature bear-making weekend, run by a different tutor.

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 afternoon drinks and cake are included.

This is a residential course and on-site accommodation is available at a rate of £80 (2 sharing) or £55 single occupancy. The course is limited to 6 students, but participants may bring along partners who wish to persue their own activities.



Want to review this course?

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!

- - #16742

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 7th September 2019
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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