Black Mountain Bears
No better way to knit has ever been found!
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 every memory bear captures sentiment and memories, and of course love in a way only a bear can.
Every artist bear is brought to life with beautiful wools, fabrics and materials all hand 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.
But now its time for a big change!...... As I start a new season in my life, so too are my bears with a new name and also introducing Artist Memory Bears to our bear family. Soon Black Mountain Bears will become Jeremiah Bears.
I'm still creating 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, inspired by nature and creation. Once the bear lived his own story but now the story is surrounding the bear in embroidery showing the beauty of nature all around. Please 'bear' with us as the changes to the website happen and our new direction become apparent.
But now it's time to step up Artist Memory Bears. Capturing memories in a bear for you to treasure long into the future.
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.