Meet Bunny Red Riding Hood and Mysterious Mr Fox, heading off through the woods to Grandma's house.
Both characters are handmade from ivory mohair, extensively scissor sculpted and hand painted. There has been meticulous attention to detail both in the creation of the patterns, the sewing and most importantly the clothing. Bunny's cloak is red baby needle cord, lined with cotton calico and wired to pose open or closed. Her dress is Japanese cotton on pale blue with cream polka dots. Cloak and dress have split backs revealing the bunny bobtail, needle-felted from pure white, raw alpaca fleece.
Mysterious Mr Fox is delicately hand painted with a gorgeous brush tail. He stands very comfortably with weighted feet and long slender legs. He is wearing a black, tartan lined, baby needle cord tail coat with splits. The back of the coat is wired so the tails can be straight or quizzically curled!
If you are thinking of adoption either or both of these unique characters, find them in the ADOPT A BEAR section.
I make bears, dogs, rabbits, hares, even pigs! A little reminder of what used to make us smile ❤️
In 2016 I was delighted to be awarded 'Judges Choice' prize winner in 2 categories for my Bear and Rabbit designs, in the Bear Artistry Awards international competition. Both the vintage style bear and 'wabbit' entered into the competition are now in new homes in America and New Zealand. The rabbit pattern has been developed further and 'DandyMan Rabbit' below is the latest version. The puppies are just there for fun!
I create my own patterns, and use the finest alpaca and mohair fabrics, hand dyed for a vintage look. My creation evoke memories of that special toy, 'lost in the loft' - rediscovered.
I constantly develop new techniques to distress and age the bears giving an antique, vintage look. All bears are loosely jointed with 5 joints, have handmade glass eyes, are steel weighted to feel heavy and 'flumphy' then loosely filled with the finest alpaca fleece from my own alpaca herd.
I source vintage fabrics for trimmings and accessories to complete the romantic creation of a memory. My 'girls', the Lyme Alpacas, graze at my farm, on the cliff tops of the World Heritage Jurassic coastline in Lyme Regis, Devon, England.
Bears and beasts are all individually designed, no two the same, just unique gifts for the collector to treasure.
PLEASE NOTE: My bears and characters are for the ADULT collector, they contain small hardware joints, glass eyes and are dressed in fine, vintage fabrics. THEY ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.
Every bear comes with a hangtag & a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by me, so you can be sure that you're receiving an original TedandSue, not an imitation.
All bears are delivered wrapped in acid free tissue and beautifully gift boxed. Each collectible arrives with a complimentary copy of my book AlpacaChatter, a full colour, illustrated story book about the Lyme Alpacas and their calamitous adventures.
If you would like to see more of my creations you'll find me on Instagram under the name tedandsue and here on Facebook where my latest creations are launched.
Thank you for visiting my workshop - enjoy!