I started to make bears in 2007, it started when I was looking for a particular style bear for my daughter and couldn't find the exact one that 'spoke' to me!
After making that first one, I was asked to make more by other people, and Butterfly Bears was born.
I decided upon the name as I was always astonished (and sometimes still am!) when the mohair is stitched and turned, stuffed and embroidered, and suddenly a little face appears with a personality all of it's own - it reminds me of a Butterfly emerging from it's cocoon - how can something so seemingly drab produce such a lovely character?
My surroundings do influence my work - I live in small rural town, I love the old and traditional, and enjoy bringing that look to my bears.
I also like to make clothing for the bears, but sometimes find vintage treasures for them too.
I am always happy to do custom work - if you see a bear you like and want something more personal then please let me know!
Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.