Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Teddy Bear Tidbit Tuesday: The Passage of Time

Today on this teddy bear tidbit Tuesday, I thought I would share a little time with you, dear reader. Did you know that I started New Avenue Crew way back in August of 1996? That's 14 years ago! How would you like to see my first Crew member? Introducing Madeleine:

Madeleine is made from white and brown variegated plush that I bought from the fabric store. She is the first bear I made from the first pattern I designed, and she stands about 9 inches tall. (A little bit of trivia for you: Maddie was originally going to be a rabbit, but I couldn't resist making a teddy bear. I started my first rabbit pattern this year and hope to complete it early next year!)

Madeleine still lives here in the Crew studio, and she helps me see how far my bears have come in design and finish work. I much prefer to use mohair with its woven cotton backing; Maddie's synthetic fur has a knit backing that tends to stretch when stuffed.

And now take a look at Cinnamon, one of my newest Crew members. Cinnamon is made from my newest pattern in mohair with wool felt paw pads. I don't really see a family resemblance to Maddie, but that's OK. Each Crew member has his or her own special place in my heart.

Speaking of the passage of time, I thought you might enjoy seeing an antique bear in my collection. No, I didn't make him; he was made by the Chiltern company in England in the 1940s or '50s. As you can see, he was well loved (and I love him now). Oh, the stories he would tell if he could!


  1. Hi Madeleine,

    I'm Prudence Clearwater, the author of this Blog. It is so nice to finally meet you. Wonder why Miss Debora kept you a secret for so long? It doesn't matter, now we meet.

    Ask Miss D if you can have your own Blog, The Thistle Patch Clan has one, I do and the Clan even started up a club just for us bears, "Paws Across The Pond", I have a link on my Blog, just click and there you are - across the pond.

    Heaps of Hugs,

    Hope to hear from you. (o: Oh, what is your friend's name? He can join too.

  2. Aww, Maddie's lovely, and yes, as Prudence saysm she must get out to play with the other bears online :o)

    Love your old Chiltern bear too

  3. Debora, has your Chiltern got cotton velvet pads? It looks remarkably similar to the one I have that belonged to my brother which was made in either the late 1930's or early 1940's.
    Yours is much better condition, I think my brother loved his bear bald! And he chewed the top of his ear off...all useless information I know!!LOL!!
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

  4. Love that bear Debora!!!

    Hugs and blessed Christmas!


  5. She is precious! You know I can't wait to see your rabbit. ;)
    xx, shell

  6. Hi Debora,

    We are in the same online show in March,isn't that fun...I added your blog in my links on my blog!

    Enjoy Christmas,


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