"I DO NOT condone the fur trade in the slightest; however there was an era where it was considered luxury! Times have changed and new fur is considered less and less acceptable; whilst I would NEVER buy new fur, I DO feel that it is perfectly acceptable to recycle vintage garments rather than dispose of them – making them into something beautiful once again – and breathing new life into them. I take great pleasure in creating these special bears – especially since it provides my customers with a true ‘bearloom’; a lasting momento of someone very dear to them".
Many people find themselves in possession of real fur items, bequeathed to them when a close relative passes away.
Not knowing WHAT to do with such an item; whilst dealing with the sentimentality that it often holds can be difficult.
Also, if there are several siblings in the one family, often the decision has to be made as to who should keep such an item.
Dependent on the size of the garment, I can often get two or three bears from it - meaning that each sibling can have a special lasting momento of a treasured loved one.
Each and every garment received is treated with the utmost care and respect - even the label is saved, and can be added to the bears paw if requested.
Linings are gently removed; and depending on the condition of the fur, the pelt itself may be conditioned to save it from being too fagile when re-sewing.
Then the pattern pieces are placed and cut in relation to the lay of the fur; ready to make the bear(s).
If using fur with a very thin pelt, such as rabbit (as thin as tissue paper in places) - a fabric lining is also made for extra strength.
Should you want the bear(s) personalised, perhaps with initials, birthday etc., then this can easily be embroidered on the paw pad prior to making up.
Perhaps initials on one paw, date on the other - only available on our larger bears.
Details would be required at time of commission - since this is outsourced to a local embroidery company with the relevant machinery to ensure quality.
Here are a few of our recent commissions......