Enjoying bear necessities of life as a crafter
IN this week’s Craft Creations we are going over to the Isle of Anglesey to visit Emily Lonsdale at Bonnie Bears And Beyond.
“I grew up in a house full of creative people. My mother was a theatrcial costume maker and my father is a stage desinger, so you could say I started crafting from birth.
“I got serious about it just before I got married in 2011. My mum gave me her old sewing machine (she got a new shiney one to make my wedding dress on) and I made a lot of the decorations for my wedding myself.
“I have largely taught myself the skills needed for the crafts I love to do, but I am also very lucky in having many creative friends who have taught me many skills and I hope I have passed on a few of my tricks as well.
“Crafting is best done within a com- munity, that way you get to solve problems together and share the joy of a creation well made.
“When I came to live on the island I found a wonderful community of crafters who share my ethos and we support each other in our work.
“This is centred around the craft centre in Cemeas Bay, Crafty T’arts. This is where I set up Bonnie Bears and Beyond.
“I love making Teddy Bears of all descriptions, although you will find realitively few in my home because I also love to share them with friends and family.
“I have recently started to make my own pat- terns. I also enjoy other forms of sewing, jewellery-making, lace-making, crochet, paper cutting and basically any craft I can get my grubby paws on. “Making the bears is almost like therapy; each one is like creating a little person with a personality all of its own. “My two year-old daughter and five yearold son agree and give each bear a lot of love before they go to their new homes.” If you would like to see more of Emily’s work why not take a look at her Facebook page: https:// www. facebook. com/bonniebears/