16th December 2002
getting close, all the bears are getting very excited. The stocking are
already hung up so they are hoping that Santa will bring them lots of
We are working on a new look to the site for the new year - so keep your
eyes open. One new section will be pictures of our bear courses and some of
the wonderful results. We will also have a gallery section, if you have any
pictures of bears that you have made or any of our bears then please email
them to us
mailto:Webmaster and we will be delighted to put them in the gallery.
No longer available: Lennox
|3rd December 2002
||No longer available: Angel
|23rd November 2002
||We had a good day yesterday - the
first day of the Christmas market. Many people came though and I'm sure
that some bears were marked down for Christmas presents.
New bears: Angel, Sugar
No longer available: Roxanne
|18th November 2002
||We spent the weekend decorating the
studio ready for the Christmas Market next weekend.
New bears: Lennox, Rutland,
Christmas Belle and Leon
No longer available: Rufus, Tip
and Top and Todd
|1st November 2002
adventure is now up, Green Ginger
Updated the site to show we can accept credit cards through Paypal.
No longer available: Muffin
|30th October 2002
||Maria's entry has won the Teddy
Bear Scene EVA award - Bare Bear Category A - at Alexandra Palace last
Sunday. We are now putting together an Awards section for the website -
watch this space ...
|26th October 2002
||New bears: Vanilla,
|12th October 2002
||Course dates for Spring
2003 are now available.
New bears: Biscuit, Muffin
Adopted before the site was updated: Dumpling
No longer available: Dahlia, Flo
|13th September 2002
||New bears: Dahlia
|7th September 2002
||Our first bear adventure Galahad's
Holiday in Hungary is now posted.
No longer available: Festival
and Blue Angel
|26 August 2002
||We had a good bear fair today. The
next Patchings Bear Fair will be on Easter Sunday.
No longer available: Dermot, Eric,
Leonard and Lilith
|25 August 2002
||New bears: Cherry
No longer available: Cinnamon
|24 August 2002
||August Bank Holiday weekend already
- and Maria is busy getting ready for the bear fair on Monday. Galahad
(one of Maria's bears) took us for a holiday
in Hungary - story and pictures to follow, and then Green
Ginger went on a painting course in Wales with David
Bellamy - again story and pictures to follow soon.
New bears: Blush, Dermot,
Blue, Oddjob and Sprouts
No longer available: Sasha, Pierre,
Dempsey and Yan-Yan
|23 June 2002
||New bears: Tip
and Top and Bruno
|20 June 2002
||New bear: Festival
Adopted before the site was updated: Grad
No longer available: Citrus
Blue and Bluebeary
|18 June 2002
||The Festival is now over and lots
of bears have new homes. The debris is all cleared away and things are
getting back to normal. Maria has a couple of commissions to work on and
she will then be working on some new bears ready for the August Bank
Holiday bear fair.
|14 June 2002
||The first two days of the Festival
have gone very well. A record number of people have been round. Quite a
few bears have found new homes.
No longer available: Sweetheart,
Cub and Lemon
|8 June 2002
||Claire has been working hard at a
new beadwork section, the first pages are
now live so check them out and let
us know what you think. Claire will be expanding this section over the
next few weeks.
The marquees are all up for the festival,
the bunting is being put up and Patchings
is looking very colourful; we are all hoping for good
|5 June 2002
||New bears: Citrus
Blue, Cub, Farthing,
Sam and Spit
Adopted before the site was updated: Port
|24 May 2002
||Our walking bear (front page) now
carries a Union Flag to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
No longer available: Tomkin, Sable
|16 May 2002
||We have added more elf pictures to
the elves page.
|12 May 2002
are delighted to announce that last night Claire's bead work was judged Overall
Winner of The
Beadworkers Guild Challenge 2002 and Best
in Category Sculptural, 3-dimensional, or free-standing. The theme was
"New for Old", Claire based her work on woodland plants and
creatures growing on a piece of wood. Here are two pictures of her
work, click on the pictures for a larger copy. All these pictures are
copyright © 2002 Claire Crouchley. Please ask for permission before using
|9 May 2002
||We finally have a picture
of the first two elves for you see, Maria has made five so far and
will photograph them when she can find some better weather.
|8 May 2002
||Maria has made some wonderful
mischievous elves. Photos are being taken today so you will be able to see
them tomorrow with luck. The last Tiggy
sold over the weekend, Spot and
Dot yesterday and Tudor today.
No longer available: Tiggy, Spot
and Dot and Tudor
|28 April 2002
||April is nearly over, the trees are
all in blossom and the good weather is on the way. Maria has been busy
trying new ideas out - so keep an eye out for wonderful silk dolls and
other creatures coming soon.
Claire is also busy working on the beading area of the site, she tells me
that it should be ready soon.
New bears: Flo, Hester
|7 April 2002
||We had quite a busy bank holiday
weekend, although the bear fair itself was fairly quiet.
New bears: Magnus, Bamboo,
Sven and Mick
No longer available: Petal, Sweetpea,
Nixie and Henry
|24 March 2002
are busy preparing for the bear fair, Maria has been selling bears faster
than she can replace them so she is working extra hard this week so that
there will be some bears for the fair. The bears are all excited and
taking bets on who will be adopted first. With spring underway it seems
appropriate that a young rabbit (right) seems to have taken to the grass
in the studio gardens.
New bears: Petal, Tomkin,
Tudor and Yan-Yan
Adopted before the site was updated: Cedric
No longer available: Terence,
|9/10 March 2002
||New bears: Tiggy,
Nixie and Sweetpea
No longer available: Darryl
|8 March 2002
bear studio has had a spring makeover, all looks wonderful and ready for
Updated the picture for the 7 inch bear
course, course dates complete to the end of the year.
Modified the java scripts that drive the main menus so that the menus will
work properly on Netscape 4 and Netscape 6.
New bears: Duncan, Spot
and Dot and Terence
Adopted before the site was updated: Leroy
No longer available: Beatrix
|24 February 2002
||New 'About Us'
|10 February 2002
||New site layout went live. Flash 5
New bear: Bailey
Adopted before the site was updated: Armstrong
No longer available: Kahlúa
and Christmas Beary
|8 February 2002
||New bears: Róisín,
No longer available: Liz
|22 January 2002
Corrected course dates for the small Teddy Bear course -
the second session is on Saturday the 9th March, not the 7th as
New bears: Nutkin, White
Choc and Chip and Liz and
Adopted before the site was updated: Blush
No longer available: Pansy, Stilton,
Cranbeary and Fergus