But it's not just, a bear workshop. It's a sit down, and have a good chin wag, a catch up with dear friends.
I think of us more, as a support group, and the bears are just a bonus.
We sit. We talk. We listen, and we eat lots! Some in the group, spoil us a bit too much. Their kind, and bad for anyone trying to diet.

Sian Cowley


It was a beautiful day, good times xxxx

Maria Deville Harrop



Thank you for a lovely day Lanie and everyone....
Thanks also for the hot choc. Sue, and the delicious lemon drizzle cake...
Love my badger... Hope to see all later in the year...

Meg Clowes


Fab day and brilliant pattern. ❤️

Stephanie Lester


Fabulous day, thanks so much!

Nicola Vern Jenks


Thank you Lanie for another wonderful workshop and for arranging our meal out tonight. 

Michelle Sandwell


Thank you for today Lanie. I love my bear and can't wait to make more.
Hope those travelling home have a safe journey and those staying have a wonderful meal out. Xx

Sharon Dawson


 It was a lovely day thank you again xxx

Rachel Paynter

Covid 19 Lockdown

** All bear making courses have been temporally postponed until further notice in keeping with Government guidelines. 

If you are interested in attending one of my future bear making courses and wish to discuss anything, please contact us by email. 


Bear Making Course Info

"Bear Making is like actually breathing life into fabric!" "You simply take a flat piece of luxurious fabric and create something magical..." "Every time you repeat the process its different, you simply lose your heart and fall in love yet again and again..."

                                                                                                       Lorraine Edwards


If you are may be reading this wondering if you could possibly even make a bear, let us put your mind at rest, you are not alone many professional bear artists have felt like that at some point. Nearly everyone our professional artist has taught has bought patterns, books and fabrics, then sat alone at home and made something they wished had turned out maybe a little more pleasing to the eye.


Professional bear making is about much more than making something cute like a childs soft toy. Creating something that is aesthetically and anatomically correct, that sits and calls out professional high quality is not something that is easy to achieve correctly or quickly on your own. For many it takes years of practice. If you are serious about creating high quality bears, and want to shorten the road to becoming highly proficient, our advice is be cautious with your money and make sure you choose a qualified longstanding professional bear artist to tutor you. Check out the quality standard and look of their own work this will guide you.

 Our multi award winning bear artist has had over 40 years practising art and design, and years of hands on experience tutoring, even some students that couldn't thread a needle have gone home happy! She is generous with her time, professional skills, boundless knowledge and has the ability to put anyone nervous at ease. 

Attend one of our bear making courses and you will not only have our award winning professional artists help and advice, but also the help of other teddy bear making professionals who regularly attend our courses. Every course we hold offers a new pattern design experience and the pleasure of spending a day creating with other like minded bear crafters. 

Wether it will be a teddy bear or a teddy bear friend you choose to make, your bear making course will always teach you the essential bear making basics required to produce professional collectable bears to either simply enjoy or sell. You are always guided and encouraged to find your very own individual collectable mohair bear making style, ultimately enabling you to become a unique designer of your very own original mohair bears. 

Our bear making courses start at £100. You can book with a small deposit. On the day you will learn everything you need to know about professional teddy bear making and marketing. We also do a separate design course in July . We really can offer you everything you need to progress on to the designing, marketing and selling your very own bears.

If you choose to attend one of our bear making courses as beginner or seasoned maker we can promise you will never feel intimidated by anyone. All the groups are small and friendly. The advice and support you will receive from attending is absolutley second to none. 

Each of our bear making courses are held in Telford, Shropshire UK unless otherwise stated! 

Each day course is held in a professional board room setting. The venue is within easy reach of all motorways and close proximity to the railway and bus station with available taxi cabs to hand if needed. Safe car parking is next to the venue. The venue also has its own friendly tea shop restaurant downstairs.

Our bear making course venue is situated right next to a new build Premier Inn but there are many more overnight accommodation possibilities. The surrounding square also has a beautiful park, public house, ice rink, bowling, cinema and many coffee shops and restaurants. For more information on the hotels and easy available parking

see our 'Places To Stay In Shropshire' link.

Bear Making Course Dates 2020

**11th April - Perfectly Poised Bear Making Course

**9th May - Purrfect Cameo Cat Making Course

**6th June - Vintage Clown Bear Making Course

**25th July - Pattern Designing & Bear Making Course

**29th August - Koala Bear Making Course

**19th September - Autumn Squirrel Making Course

**10th October - Vintage Dressed Elephant Making Course

**7th November - Sleeping Dragon Making Course

* 5th December - Christmas Themed Bear or Elephant Course

*This course will also be our 'Christmas Party' celebration evening!

Spaces are now limited on all the 2020 courses

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Private Course Group Bookings 


We also cater for private group teddy bear making courses Monday to Friday only. If you can organise a group of six - eight people, can provide comfortable seating around a simple table, we will be happy to come to you to provide a Traditional Teddy Bear making day course, if your desired dates are available in our calendar. Each person simply pays the private course fee which includes material costs, travel fees and may also include an overnight stay for the tutor if you reside a great distance from the Midlands. 

Please Email Us  with your enquiry

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Created by Lorraine Edwards.


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