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The Teddy Tree 
February 2016

Where did this month go?

Announcing the WA Teddy Bear Challenges 2016...

It's on again this year - The WA Teddy Bear Challenges!!  The famous Brigit Charles of Brigit's Bears has kindly designed the pattern for this year's Pattern Challenge - that's "Victor" in the photo above - a gorgeous bear about 40cm tall.  You may shrink or enlarge the Pattern, or make it in the original size, but are NOT allowed to alter the Pattern in any other way.  You may make the be Pattern in whatever fabric(s) you wish.  What will you choose to make your entry??

The Mohair Challenge is on again, too.  This year it is a lovely 25mm medium dense pile, with the fur a different colour from the backing.  You may "boil it, bake it, dye it, shave it ... or leave it in it's original state" and make whatever animal you wish - be inspired!

Both the Pattern and the Mohair are now available at The Teddy Tree, so why not get an early start on your Challenge entries for this year?  All of the entries will be displayed at the WA Craft Show at Claremont Showgrounds in August.


Make sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all our news & products.  Thank you for helping us reach over 700 Likes, looking forward to the next benchmark!  We will be giving away another bear when we reach 1000!

"Learn to Crochet" with Martin

Learn to crochet with our very talented expert, Martin Anderson.  If you can already crochet and just need a refresher, want some assistance with a pattern or to understand a fancy stitch, then this is the class for you.

Tuesday March 1, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Tuesday March 15, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Tuesday March 29, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Cost:    $20.00 per lesson, plus kit if required

"Learn to Knit" with Maree

Here's your chance to learn to knit - or improve those rusty half-remembered skills!!  The very clever Maree Reynolds has agreed to teach and has designed a "Sampler" rug in fun and easy squares, to gradually build your skill set.  Knitted in lovely 8ply acrylic yarn so that it is easy care, lots of colour choices available.

Saturday March 19, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Saturday April 16, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Saturday May 21, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Saturday June 18, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost:    $20.00 per lesson, plus kit if required

"Any Bear" with Brigit Charles, Brigits Bears

Highly celebrated artist Brigit specialises in teaching you to recycle your old fur coats into treasured family heirlooms and also has a wonderful range of realistic "Ark Animals" for you to create.  Brigit's bear patterns also lend themselves to the more traditional mohair fabrics, for those of you who don't fancy working with recycled furs.

Sunday March 20, 9.30am - 3.00pm
Sunday April 10, 9.30am - 3.00pm

Cost:    $60.00 per day, plus kit if required

"Back to Basics" with Jennie Boylan

Let's go "Back to Basics"!!  Over a series of classes, Jennie will step you through making a bear's head from the beginning - helping to solve common problems like getting the head gusset centred and efficient and even stuffing.  Future classes will cover sculpting (needle & scissor) and placement of eyes, ears and noses.

Saturday April 2, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Cost:    $20.00 per lesson, plus kit if required

Quilts for Foster Kids

Come and join us for a feel good session of quilting for a cause.  Quilts made in these sessions will be donated to Soroptomist International for distribution to children in Foster Care throughout Western Australia.  It's not essential to know how to quilt, if you can sew a (reasonably) straight line (or not!), or know your way around an iron and ironing board (even if you want to make the tea & coffee!!!)  we can use your help!

Saturday March 26, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Bookings preferred (to make sure we can cater for you all!) Any time you can spare us between these hours would be appreciated.
Cost:  Your time and skills only, but any donations of fabric and quilting supplies gratefully accepted.

Crochet for a Cause (or Knit to Do your Bit)

Last year we donated 25 crocheted granny square rugs to a Dialysis Clinic - our target for this year ... as many as possible!  Come and join us for a happy session of easy crochet to make up some granny squares for our next batch of rugs.  Any time you can spare us will be appreciated.  Don't worry if you can't crochet - we will be happy to teach you for free (but we will keep the granny square you make!!)

Saturday March 12, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Bookings preferred (to make sure we can cater for you all!) Any time you can spare us between these hours would be appreciated.
Cost:  Your time and skills only, but any donations of yarns gratefully accepted.

Bearmakers' Retreat Weekend, Toodyay

The first Bearmakers Retreat Weekend for the year was a huge success - a great big thank you to everyone who came along and joined in with the fun.  Apart from all the laughs we had, over $1000.00 was raised and donated to Free the Bears Fund.  Avalon Homestead, Toodyay, once again amazed us all with their hospitality - and the new Gold Room was fantastic!

The next Retreat is almost full, so make sure you pay your deposits promptly to secure your spot.  The next retreat runs from 3pm Friday 1 July to 2pm Sunday 3 July (with an option to stay until Monday 4 July). 

Join us for some fresh country air and lots of fun and laughter.  It's a wonderful opportunity to make a head start on those UFO's that you have stashed away, start a new project or just catch up with your craft-loving friends.  Cost includes twin share accommodation and meals from Friday evening through to Sunday lunch. You can either book over the phone or in person.

Cost: $290.00 (includes meals and accommodation)


Regular Classes

Our regular classes are a great way to meet new people, socialise and learn a new craft.

Weekly Classes

Daytime:     Tuesday 9.30am - 12.00pm 
                      Thursday 9.30am - 12.00pm 
                      Saturday 9.30am - 12.00pm
Evenings:    Wednesday 5.30pm - 8.00pm (fortnightly)
                        (9 & 23 March 2016)

$20 per lesson

These lessons are suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to the more advanced. Bookings are essential!  Class times are strictly as listed, as teachers have other commitments to attend to after class!

Social Mornings

Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm

$12.50 per session

(aka "Stitch & Bitch") This is not a lesson, though there is a teacher on hand in the shop should you require a little advice.  If you require constant assistance, we strongly recommend you book into one of our weekly lessons  as shown above.
Class/Workshop Terms & Conditions
  • Bookings essential!  Especially evening classes.
  • In fairness to both teachers and other students, no babies or children in class.
  • No smoking inside.  (You can take a break if you're desperate!)
  • Bring your basic sewing supplies eg scissors, pins, needles, awl, pliers etc - don't forget to label them!  
  • Bring your own sewing machine if you wish to machine your project.It's a good idea to come and choose your kit (fabric, pattern etc) before the day of the class, as this decision can often take a while.
  • If you wish, kits for workshops can include all materials required to complete your project.  Optional accessories  are available for purchase.  If you don't want us to include the basics like stuffing and threads in your kit, please advise at time of booking.
  • 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in a workshop.  Your place is not booked until this deposit has been received.  You can book either over the phone or in person with cash or credit card.   If a workshop is cancelled due to insufficient numbers or any other unforeseen circumstance, your deposit will be refunded or transferred to another workshop of your choice.  Full day workshops include a light lunch.  The Teddy Tree does not accept responsibility for changes in the personal circumstances of its students.  
  • A minimum of 5 people required for any class to run.


226 Scarborough Beach Road (Cnr Egina St)
Mount Hawthorn  WA  6016
p 08 9201 1011


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9.30am-3pm Sat
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