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Lesley Stipanov- Les Bears

Joined Apr 4 2010
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Maleny, Queensland , Australia
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I live in Maleny, a small town in the Blackall Ranges on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It is a beautiful part of the country – green rolling hills, dairy cattle and home to many artists. I started making bears in 1993 .While I make bears of all sizes I love to create bears under 15cm, my favourite size being 9-10cm. Recently I have started to go even smaller and have made a cute little fellow that stands at just 4cm. I love miniatures and one day would love to get involved in the miniature world but there are only so many hours in the day to do all the things I’d love to do.. I like to use mohair for my bears but also use upholstery velvets, cashmere and ultrasuede. I sew and knit the bears clothes, although my friend Judy Buist, an avid knitter does the more complicated and fancy pattern knitting. She likes a challenge! I also like to make gollies, which are a lot of fun to create. As well as making bears I have a small collection of old bears and I am particularly fond of English Chilterns. My interest in collecting old bears has also led to doing many repairs on well loved bears. I also enjoy quilting and watercolour painting.

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Reply Maggie2bears
8:54 PM on July 20, 2010 
Congratulations Lesley on winning 3rd place for " Elysia " in the Fantasy Bear/ Critter catagory !! I'm so delighted for you, but then you know I love your sweet little bears!! Hope you are having a Wonderful Week !! It's been a nice summer here so far , but busy as only summer can be. Congrats again my friend !

Big Bear Hugs......Maggie
Reply Peterbear
6:56 AM on April 9, 2010 
Hi Lesley,
I will keep it in mind. I would love to be able to create teddy bears, but I am still a bit afraid I will make a mess of it :-) I haven't got any experience with needle and thread ...
Peter & the bears
Reply Peterbear
11:39 AM on April 8, 2010 
Hi Lesley,
How amazing that you still remember that :-)
I am afraid that it will be quite some time before I make my first teddy bear. I started out copying the pattern, cutting out the pieces of mohair and then ... I decided it would be better not to pursue it any further. I love teddy bears and for me they have some kind of magic and I am afraid that if I start making them myself, a bit of that magic will disappear. Moreover, I really haven't got the time to dedicate myself to it properly, so the whole project has put "on hold" for how long ?? My hug of teddy bears keeps growing steadily though, without me making bears myself :-).
Thank you for remembering !
Peter & the bears
Reply Maggie2bears
9:57 PM on April 7, 2010 
Yes....lol that would be me ! I can't wait to see Victoria!! I'll let you know when she arrives. Hope you are enjoying your time on the site. Have a wonderful Day!! Big Bear Hugs....Maggie
Reply Kathy Karas Art
5:26 AM on April 6, 2010 
Hi Lesley, great to see you on this site . hugs , Kathy :-)
Reply Maggie2bears
12:12 AM on April 6, 2010 
Greetings & Welcome to the site Lesley. Wonderful to see you joining. Looking forward to learning more about you & your bears. When you have the time...check out the the forum. There you will find Blogs, A Chat Room, Albums & so much more. It's a Blast ! Hope you have a lovely Day.
Bear hugs....Maggie
Reply teddy-bear-artist
1:46 PM on April 4, 2010 
Welcome... Please enjoy filling in your profile...