Library Journal 2017
Teddy bear expert Quinn (How To Sew Little Felt Animals) demonstrates the art of heirloom teddy bear making in this in-depth, photo-heavy guide. Her focus is collectible “artist bears” rather than cuddly stuffed toys. Quinn begins with an overview of teddy bear basics, including history, supplies, and techniques; this is followed by patterns for a small bear as well as two larger bears. Unlike stuffed toys intended for play, these are intricate pieces, and even the simplest design includes 80 individual steps. Each bear is fully customizable, and Quinn includes tips on customizing everything from the bear’s expression to its clothing, as well as suggestions for care and repair. VERDICT Quinn is a major name in the world of artist teddy bears, and this guide provides the essentials for creating bespoke teddy bears.