Primrose Cottage bears are all entirely hand sewn by myself at my home in Norfolk. They are collectors' bears and therefore not intended as toys for children under 14.
I use mohair in a range of colours and finishes, with pawpads generally made from suede or suedette. The bears and other cease are fully jointed using traditional cotter pin joints, and have English glass eyes. I use a range of fillings, best quality polyester stuffing for head and limbs, and glass or plastic pellets for bodies. I don't overfill the bodies and this gives the bears a nice squidgy feel.
My smallest 4" bears are filled with glass pellets in their body and limbs which makes them nestle nicely in your hand.
I make one of a kind and small limited editions and even though I use the same fabric and patterns for each bear in a limited edition they all turn out slightly different which makes them individual and rather special.
I was inspired to sew at a young age by an aunt who was a dressmaker, and although I followed a career as a teacher I studied Needlecraft at college and have always enjoyed a variety of sewing and craft activities.
I began making bears in the early 90's, attending a few craft fairs, but mainly making for myself, family and friends. Retirement gave me the time to start sewing again and use up my hoard of materials! The opening of the Norwich Gift Emporium in April 2014 was the perfect opportunity to set up a small craft business and Primrose Cottage Bears was born.
My bears are for available directly from me through my Etsy shop and facebook, or for sale in the Norwich Gift Emporium and Prima Rosa vintage tea rooms and craft centre, Salhouse, Norfolk.
I am happy to make bears for special occasions, including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.