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85 years old
Cardiff, South Wales
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TBAAF - Purchase Directly From International Bear and Doll Artists

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I live in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. I am a widow and have two daughters, one granddaughter, three grandsons, two great-grandsons, and one gt.granddaughter.


My interests have always been craft related, my late mother was a tailoress and it was she who taught me to knit and crochet at a very young age.  Over the years I have sewn, embroidered, crocheted, knitted and tatted more craft items than I can now remember, mostly as gifts for family, grandchildren and friends, and also for charities etc  


I have a collection of dolls that I have crocheted and knitted clothes for, this stemmed from finding my daughters old 1960's Tiny Tears in the loft.  I then saw and fell in love with miniature thread crochet bears on the internet, and commenced making them in 2007.  In a nutshell, I am 'hooked' - they are between 2" and 3" tall, thread jointed, fully poseable, and each one has it's own personality :-)   I love experimenting with different threads in making these miniature bears, and I use only the best quality  i.e. cashmere, silk, merino, mohair.  The clothes, be they incorporated or not, are crocheted in 100% cotton thread, and a lot of love goes into the making of each bear :-) 


Ann Franklin














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7:35 PM on August 10, 2010 
Hi Ann
thanks ever so much for the warm welcome to this site and yes I am lucky enough to live in Perth although today's weather isn't looking very lovely...... I am gathering you have had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful city!!
You would be right about loving what we do...... Its all I ever want to do....... So addictive thats for sure..... Well since I am new here I am going to pop over and have a look around this great site. Its a pleasure talking to you:0) Bec
Reply Maggie2bears
7:46 AM on July 20, 2010 
Greetings Ann,
First let me send you a warm but long overdue welcome. Sorry it's taken me so long to drop by to say " Hi " . We hope you are enjoying your time spent here on the TBAAF site. We are pleased you have joined us. Second....let me congratulate you for winning 3rd place in the Crochet /Knitted Bears Catagory for " Harriet " such an adorable entry !! I'm delighted to see you won. Hope you are enjoying your summer. It's been mild here, but busy as only summer can be! Have a lovely Week....
Congrats & Bear Hugs.....Maggie
Reply SammiBears
10:53 AM on July 19, 2010 
Thanks Ann! Congratulations to you as well. -Sammi
Reply teddy-bear-artist
6:19 PM on June 4, 2010 
Welcome i am glad you decided to join us...
Hugs Lanie