Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage teddy bear, a crafty beginning

I wanted to share with you a little bit of my crafty beginnings. I always enjoyed making things as a child, and when I was about six or seven I had a compound fracture of my right wrist (both bones snapped falling off the top of a slide in case you are interested).
Due to this little incident I spent a couple of weeks in hospital with disgusting tasting antibiotics and a couple of operations to try and re-set my arm so despite being in hospital I was feeling relatively well  so pretty bored.
I had my teddy bear with me and I started making him paper clothes, sewing them together with the help of my mum with a needle and thread, this was the first time I remember doing something crafty outside of the usual painting and drawing.
I think teddy had more than a full wardrobe by the time I left the hospital.
Another memory I have of this time , sorry off on a tangent , was a boy that was in hospital at the time as me, who would have been I think maybe 15 or 16 at the time he lost his arm in a farm accident , I don't remember his name but I do remember he used to help the nurses bring toys and books around for the younger patients like me, he was always happy always smiling, despite what he had lost. It really does prove that people don't remember what you said or what you did necessarily but remember how you made them feel.
Back to teddy again, moving on a couple of years when I was  about eight years old my mum taught me how to knit and here is the proof , teddy who was given to me the day I was born wearing a scarf I knit for him over thirty years ago.

This teddy is a vintage soul, he is shall we say over thirty years old , and just look at that funky scarf I think I was inspired by Tom Baker as Dr. Who, I really was fascinated by that scarf.

And here is a close up of the handcrafted with love scarf, still going strong after all these years, proof that handmade really does last.
I haven't knitted for a long time , but look at all those colour changes, I had knitting talent then  and I am hoping I haven't lost it as I am going to have a go at knitting again , I had a little tinker with crochet last year and it has got me thinking about yarn again.
Don't worry I don't think anything will detract me from the sewing , you can find my sewings and doings in my Etsy shop, but if I can squeeze another few hours in the day I will hopefully get a little knitting done too.


  1. What a fun story! I like the part about the boy delivering with the nurse, its so true!

  2. The popularity of teddy bears began almost immediately after the first teddy bear was born. Amazingly this is one toy that every generation has loved and there seems to be no end in sight! Cute teddy bear names



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