Kathleen Eltis

United Kingdom

BEARLYTHEREHUGS
Kathleen Eltis
United Kingdom
Mob: +44 74 67 95 09 99
email: keltis6655@gmail.com
web: www.bearlytherehugs.jigsy.com
Wacky and colourful one-of-a-kind mohair fully jointed artist bears for the collector. Mail order.

I’ve always loved bears, ever since I was given a Chiltern bear from my grandad when I was born. He is much loved although thread bear to this day.

At the age of eight, I begged my mother to let me use her treadle sewing machine and that was it – my love of textiles took off. Over the years I designed and made my own clothes, recovered and recycled furniture and tried my hand at DIY. I worked in manufacturing, making patterns for two years before training as a teacher at Sunderland college of Education. This stood me in good stead for making and designing artist bears. As much as I love traditional bears, my love of Dragons, Wizards and mythical creatures seems to have taken over. Not to mention my love of colour.

After a long career teaching Special needs and Textiles in schools and Excluded pupils I started making artist bears around 12 years ago, and enjoy seeing my bears going to good homes.

Having taken early retirement to look after my mum I have plenty of time for my bear making activities.

I have a stall at Hugglets Festivals each year in London, where all my bears available for adoption are on display as well as other fairs in the UK.

Plans for the future are to exhibit at more fairs around the country, win another award and design more bears, Dragons and creatures.

I hope that you’ll like my collections and that you can give a home to some of my bears and other creatures which are up for adoption.

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