We all need something to cuddle and love (and to talk to), and a doll or bear has throughout history provided this comfort. I have made dolls for years, but as an artists I made what would be more thought of as sculptures, not bears to love and hug - but that has changed with Compassionate Companions, and I find that taking a bear to my clients in need adds a new dimension of loving and caring, and whilst they may not speak directly to me, they will chat with a bear. Even RUOK?
For people who have lost a loved one, a bear is a wonderful solace, especially if somewhere on (or in) that bear is a remembrance token of the one passed.
In our town Trauma Teddies are always in demand, and I have therefore launched a pattern on its of my easiest to make bear. Just one main seam plus sewing on the eyes muzzle and mouth... or painting/drawing them on if sewing is not possible.
In order that you can experience this life affirming practice, I have put a pattern on etsy, I have offered a zoom class as follows
Topic: FREE ZOOM DOLL MAKING WITH JAHNE
Time: Sep 2, 2022 07:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 872 4147 1252
If none of these suit you, purchase a pattern, give it a go, and if you are having troubles, you can email or zoom me and i can talk you through it. Or you can organise a zoom class of your own and i will pop in and help out.
It is a great thing to do.