Arctophiles, or bear lovers, are a likeable lot who mix great craft and artistry with affection and good humour. We’ve put together a list of teddy bear collectors, crafters and restorers who also write blogs. By checking out posts you can see their bears, keep up to date on their creations and follow the healing process of patients in their teddy bear hospitals.
The author of this blog, Elaine Hirst, creates traditional bears and also runs a Teddy Bear Hospital for restoring bears who have been in the wars. The excellent before and after photos, and the breakdown of what was done, will bring a smile to your face each time a new patient re-emerges from the hospital back in one piece.
Three O’Clock Bears
Bears in period dress, or with coiffured hair, even bears with their own beds and duvets, Three O’Clock bears come in all shapes and sizes. This blog follows their development as well as showcasing the new creations with stunning photos and commentary.
Soft Toys Blog
A new edition to the blogosphere, this blog is building up reviews of new bears on the market as well as links to places to buy them. The blog works as an online magazine for sourcing new bears or getting the latest information in a friendly and easy way.
Multi award winning Teddy Bear maker and member of the Guild of Master Bearcrafters, Paula Carter’s Bearing All blog documents her life and craft. You can follow her creations from birth to adoption as well as getting an insight into the everyday life of Paula.
The Bear Club
As featured in the Guardian Media Monkey, The Telegraph Online and BBC Radio 1 & 2, the Bear Club is a blogging site for your Teddy Bear. You can create a profile, join a clan, learn about bears and have lots of fun with other bear owning bloggers.
These bears look as if they have a few stories to tell, however they are brand new and handmade by Darren and his wife Jacqui in Macclesfield. Beautiful bears and creatures with a worn look live on this blog until they are adopted by new owners. Truly one of a kind and not to be missed.
An excellent compilation of posts on collected bears, newly crafted bears and antique bear restoration projects. Michelle has over 20 years of bear making experience and a huge collection to show for it, which you can enjoy here on her blog.
My Steiff Life
A blog shrine to all things Steiff from a seasoned collector and Steiff afficiando. My Steiff Life is written by a third generation Steiff collector who previously worked for Steiff, writes on Vontage Steiff and answers your questions on your own collections.
A proud member of the Guild of Master Bearcrafters, Melanie Jayne is a full time Teddy artist. Be sure to check out her creations, like Little Joey and see how she designs and creates bears full of their own personality for the adult collector.