Kelley Taylor, with the encouragement of her mother, designed her first teddy
bear pattern just a few years ago. Her inspiration comes from the Steiff
teddy bears of the early 20th Century.
Taylor loves the way each of her bears turns out. Each one
Taylor makes each of her bears by hand from German mohair wool felt. She stuffs each one with excelsior the way the old teddy bears were. She uses old
buttons or hand blown glass eyes and hand stitches the nose, mouth, and
Taylor likes to use vintage accessories whenever possible, but the
look great just by themselves, she believes.
Being a stay at home mom of two young ladies Taylor has difficulty finding time to create her bears and bunnies, but she hopes
making them even if she can manage only a few each year. "It is so much
fun, I love every
minute of it," Taylor said.
The entry deadline for the 2023 Directory of
Traditional American Crafts has passed. We are now processing entries and submitting
them to our jurors. We will contract entrants after the jurors have made ther decisions.