Monday, 25 July 2011


We are surrounded by the sort of gum trees that koalas enjoy, and we're often visited by them. I love these furry bear-like marsupials, and have been wanting to try making one for some time. I finally summoned up enough emotional energy to risk failure and have a go.

Designing a bear is trial and error, and continuing refinement of the original idea, but I am always too impatient to wait until I'm sure the design will work before trying it out. However, I don't want to waste expensive mohair on my experiments, so I use bits and pieces or unusual colours on my first attempt.

Meet Kaylee, my prototype koala, who is not at all embarrassed to have lilac fur instead of grey. In fact she looks quite pleased with herself, and with the gum leaves I picked for her.


Thursday, 14 July 2011


Oh dear, it's been almost a month since my last post! It seems there is more to life than making teddy bears. I've been away from home for awhile, and although back now there has been so much to do since returning that my new critters-in-waiting are becoming impatient to be finished. I have four on the go, but none ready to be shown to the world. In the meantime, however, I was sent a lovely pic of two of my adopted critters, Bartley and Bearen, enjoying afternoon tea in the garden of their new home, so I thought I'd share it with you.