About Me!

Update August 2016:

Life is busy but I still love making special pieces for special people. If there is something you'd like please do send an e-mail to me at tanja.pearce@gmail.com and we can chat

Friday, February 27, 2009

Tie Dye

We did some tie dying with a friend the other day, and I decided to finish off the T's with some fabric paint...so this is the end result.

Friday, February 20, 2009


Bastian is my biggest bear so far and he stands at 22cms tall. I took some photos with the teacup just to give some perspective as to his size.

He took me a bit longer than my other bears as I have only had time in the evening, but I think he is quite sweet, although maybe a little serious.

He was handsewn out of sparse mohair and has german glass eyes. His nose and freckles were hand stitched.

He has little glass beads in his paws and belly, and can stand by him

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Little Aiko

Meet Little Aiko, my very first Anime bear.

I am so please with how this one turned out, just how I wanted! I have another pattern to try out (my first one with a proper gusset) but once that is done I think I want to revisit this idea and see what I can come up with.

She was finished just in time for valentines, which is where Aiko got her beautiful name from and is why she carries a heart full of kisses.
She sits at 7cm's short, and is made from a short mohair. Her nose is child safe, but her eyes are german glass and she is fully cotterpin jointed.

She was handsewn with lots of love and I hope she is much loved in return.

*Aiko has a home*


Say hello to Bailey.

He sits at 12cms tall and is made from a beautiful lilac mohair. He is completely handsewn, and has cotterpin joints and german glass eyes.
He is my first bear made from my own pattern, I took the one I used for my other 2 bears and redrew and designed it. I don't think he turned out too bad.

Unfortunately, even though I redesigned the head, similarly to the previous two, when I put in his eyes it pulled his head back and made him look up much more than I wanted him to. The eyes also pull in the back of his head, I'm not quite sure how to overcome that yet. I think I may have to take him for a visit to the bear shop and ask their opinion.


Meet Spice, my disaster bear :)

I think the first one made me slightly over confident, although I was using exactly the same pattern this little one didn't turn out half as well. I think I overstuffed the head as initially I had eyes popping off, also when done I didn't like the expression on the face at all. I also tried to matt the mohair slightly but it wasn't a great success.

Even after taking her apart and restuffing I still am not happy and she remains bug-eyed, so she will just have to do as is.

Sugar's little friend Spice also sits at 11cm's tall, handsewn with sparse mohair. Has german glass eyes and is cotterpin jointed.


Meet Sugar, my first little bear. She didn't turn out too bad, not really how I expected but still sweet. Her nose is a little lopsided but Daryn convinced me not to fix it as he likes it.

She sit at 11cm's tall and is made from sparse mohair.

She is handsewn and is jointed, with a threaded nose and german glass eyes.

It was a little bit of a learning curve but not too hard, it's the time invested that makes it special I think.

*Sugar has been adopted*

Dreaming of Bears

For some strange reason, over the festive season I started dreaming of making my own bears.

I don't know why, it's not something I've ever thought about before, but I would wake up with a million different ideas and couldn't wait to start.

As luck would have, there happens to be a bear shop around the corner with me. So I decided to go buy a couple different patterns so I could get an idea of how to even put a bear together and then take it from there.

This is my journey.