Black Mountain Bears

Our artist bears are unique

Bringing a bear into the world is a labour of love knitting together the spirit and substance of each character.  Each individual artist bear has a big personality and many stories to tell of their adventures.  

Every artist bear is brought to life with locally produced wools and materials.  Wool is hand dyed, knitted and sewn – each bear being crafted with absolute attention to detail and finished with unique touches.

Black Mountain Bears are available at many of the best collector exhibitions in the UK and through the website – where you can choose a bear to capture your heart and share your life.

And now, you can create your own Black Mountain Bear with the new book, Black Mountain Bears, A collection of knitting patterns and their stories by Laurianne McKenzie.  The book contains easy to follow, step by step instuctions to nurture your bear to life.  A fantastic creative project for any crafter with a passion for bears with personality.  

About Black Mountain Bears....

Many years ago, when I was quite small, my granny bought me my first knitting set.  Patiently she sat with me teaching me how to work those little red needles until my mother picked up the baton, and even more patiently picked up countless dropped stitches.  It didn't end there, Aunty Ida soon had me delving in her rag bag and sewing all kinds of things on her beautiful old hand singer sewing machine and very soon I had the best dressed dolls and bears.  But knitting has always been my first love and from the moment I picked up those needles creating things has been a treasured part of my life.  

When my son was little I knitted him a bear from amazing soft, hand dyed mohair spun from local angora goats up in the hills.  He took him everywhere and very soon people were asking me to create one for them too and so Black Mountain Bears was born.

Living in the foothills of the Black Mountains - a place steeped in natural heritage and a fair few legends - the bears are inspired by the amazing beauty and mystery of the area and the incredible natural materials that are made here. 

I create every bear from patterns I have designed myself, no two are the same as over the years and through the seasons, new personalities and characters emerge.

Every one of my bears is unique and special - bringing a smile to my face every time I see them.  Knowing that they will bring a smile to your face as well makes creating them even more special. 


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