Here are most of the bears gathered with a few friends for a group photo. A few bears were just too busy to join us for the photo. I fell in love with artist-made bears about ten years or so ago. My friend, Charlynn, was all ready addicted to bears and I put up very little resistance to going to several bear shows in the Chicago area. The originality and skill that goes into the artist-made bears is incredible and you appreciate it all the more when you make (or try to make) one yourself. I made
three four of the bears in this group. The little bear in the lower left is from a kit I purchased from Pam Holton. I sewed him while on a vacation to the Upper Pennisula. EO Bear, the mustard colored bear with no nose or mouth, is my first bear and hand-sewn. I was contemplating how to proceed with the nose and mouth when we started house-hunting and buying......so he was put aside for a few years. Yes, Stacey, I'll give him some more facial features soon. The third bear is Jason Bigfoot, the little cinnamon bear in the front. He is hand-sewn from my own pattern and his name is very telling. *g* Actually, there is a fourth bear I made in this photo! I took a class from Pam Holton and the White Bear on the right was made in class. I think the parts were sewn together for us and we just made the face, stuffed the parts and joined the bear. I don't worry about my yarn stash much since I had a stash of mohair fabric and bear eyes as a primer.