Michele J Designs
10-inch Artisan Teddy Bear (Vest and Hat)
This artisan teddy bear was crafted from a repurposed vintage faux fur and Woolrich coat. The vest and hat are from a 1930's Woolrich "Pennsylvania Tuxedo." Fully jointed with glass eyes, this bear was made using a sewing machine as well as some hand sewing and completed in an approximate time of 8 hours. This keepsake can be handed down and bring delight to young and old.
Michele Bango began creating clothes for her Kewpie dolls starting at about 9 years old with her Grandma on a treadle sewing machine. Although she learned on a machine, many of her works that she creates today are all stitched by hand. The techniques and designs that she uses are her own in which she creates works of art starting with a blank piece of fabric. She has been a "Teddy Bear Artist" for almost 35 years, creating artisan teddy bears, animal art dolls and birds out of both new and repurposed materials.
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