Bearmaking Bulletin

P.O. Box 22377, Glen Ashley, 4022
: (+0027)(31)3127755
14th February 2020

Mama Bear’s Birthday Celebration

Welcome to 2020 and we are well into the New Year and a new decade.

With world news abuzz with devastating fires, elections, government corruption, viruses, terrorist attacks, loadshedding and more – it could be somewhat depressing and difficult to approach each day with a positive attitude! Whilst the media moguls are having a field day with all this mayhem, we really need to be thankful for small mercies.

And thankful and grateful we are – for the life of someone who has a positive attitude in abundance! This month we share in the celebration of Mama Bear, Eunice Beaton’s, amazing 93rd birthday. As doyenne of South African bearmaking, she has been an inspiration not only to many aspiring bearmakers, but to those who have established themselves in the bearmaking world. We wish her many more years of happy birthdays and abundant bearmaking as she celebrates a very special birthday. What a blessing you are to your family and friends, Eunice! Happy, happy 93rd!

To commemorate this special occasion, we thought we would show a few snapshots of of her early bears, and of course, her latest bears! Eunice first started making bears in 1984, so this year is her 36th year anniversary.

Eunice Bears

Eunice with a collection of her bears


Bearton range of cotton velour bears, her first DIY bear kit

Simon Sailor

Simon Sailor, her first Schulte mohair DIY bear kit

Ndebele Bear

Ndbele Bear for Huis Ten Bosch Teddy Bear Kingdom, Nagasaki, Japan


Bibury bear made for her late husband, Claude after a special visit to Bibury village in the UK

Silk Bears

A collection of her latest silk bears

You can read all about Eunice and her bearmaking timeline on her website at Idle Bears.

Teddytech’s 25th Anniversary

Talking about timelines, Teddytech is venturing on its own historical trip down memory lane. It has been 25 years of sharing our bearmaking products and knowledge with you, and we’ll be bringing you snippets of Teddytech's past in future newsletters and social media that you may find interesting! Keep your eyes peeled!

Come along to our Pop-up Shop

If you live in Durban or are visiting this weekend, do come along on Saturday morning and join us at our Pop Up Shop. Bring your Unfinished Bear Projects and join us at this social event where we enjoy the company of other like-minded bearmakers, share ideas and get those bears finished!

Details of our Open Day

  • Date: Saturday, 15th February 2020 from 9.00 am to 12 noon.
  • Venue: St Michael's Church Hall
  • Address: 8 Durban View Road (corner of Marine Drive), Umhlanga Rocks

No charge for attending!

Refreshments will be served.

Join us at a time that suits you, but please RSVP for catering purposes.

Please RSVP for catering purposes
Email: info@teddytech.co.za or
Phone: 031-312-7755

Shelly from the Seychelles

Remember the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare? Well, as we all know, "Slow, steady (and determined!) wins the race!" She’s been a long time in the making, but our special Shelly, the Seychelloise inspired tortoise, is almost here. Look out for her shortly on our website or next newsletter.

Till next time...
Happy bearmaking!