Meet Ernie, a 13 inch woebegone bear.Made from a soft mohair with different fillings to give him a lovely slouchy weighty feel. Ernie has felt paw pads and has been carefully airbrushed and needle-sculpted to accentuate his features, he has been sympathetically aged with patches and faux repair stitching. Ernie is a cheeky little bear and if you squeeze him tummy he will squeak.
Designed and made in West Yorkshire by Dawn James and Chris Elliott
Ernie is a collectors item and not suitable for under 14 years.
Shipping will be Special Delivery within the UK
It all started with teddy bears….
When she was a little girl, Dawn James’ dad told her that teddy bears come alive at night when everyone is sleeping. Thus started a lifelong love of bears, leading eventually to Dawn becoming an award-winning bear artist, selling her creations all over the world. Dawn loves searching for interesting accessories and vintage fabrics to use with her dressed bears, and has been known to design and make a bear based entirely on one small prop she found in a market or at an antique fair.
Dawn loves a challenge and has entered several competitions over the years which has resulted in many awards. In October 2017, Dawn’s bears won the URSA Major Best In Competition Award at the international URSA Awards. Dawn is the first UK bear artist to win the URSA Major Award.
Later, Dawn broadened her repertoire to include embroidered and appliqued bags and cushions, many made from the beautiful vintage velvets and antique lace she has collected.
Dawn’s husband, Chris Elliott, has always enjoyed sketching and painting, but has found it difficult to make the time for his hobby, especially in recent years when his job as an IT contractor has meant long periods of working away from home. However, having made the decision to give up his job and join Dawn in Hugs Unlimited.
Dawn and Chris are currently working on several interesting new projects including a range of new embroidery designs. Watch this space!
In October 2017, Dawn’s bears won the URSA Major Best In Competition Award at this year’s URSA Awards. The URSAs are International Bear Artists’ Awards given annually since 2006. To date Dawn is the first and only UK bear artist to win the URSA Major Award.