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"Family-owned and worn bears are records of loving hearts. They are
as much a part of treasured family history as china, jewelry, or silver”.
(American teddy bear artist & collector)

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Not having a Teddy Bear as a child, having had a Doll, I decided after selling my Craft business of over 10 years to investigate the world of Teddy Bears. Being new to this field, while visiting a shop at the Waterfront, Cape Town , I was shocked when the owner of the shop told me the price of the mohair Teddy Bear I held in my hands. I then learnt the difference between mohair and synthetic materials

Today, I have been making and collecting Teddy Bears, for 21years, and have traveled to the West and the East, displaying and selling my work. My Bears has won several International awards. 
  I am the International representative for Taiwan and am honored to have been helping them for the past 11 years with both their show and International bear competition.
I also teach and judge Teddy Bears Internationally and Locally.

Fred-I-Bears are hand  sewed, using the finest mohair, are fully- jointed using either hardboard disks with nuts or disks and cotter pins, they can be tall and they can be small. No bears are ever alike although some might be similar to one another as they do come from the same family, and there are the odd sets of twins. My work is now  sold at exhibitions and the Bear Shop in the UK. From time to time, I will sell in my shop.

 FRED-I-BEARS are made from Schulte mohair, mohair manufactured in Germany by the Schulte factory. Schulte have been manufacturing mohair as early as 1900 and was used by Margaret Steiff to make her first Teddy Bear. On 5th December 1995 a Steiff bear called Teddy Girl fetched £110,000 at Christie’s South Kensington , United Kingdom . Over the years other manufactures have produced the well known “Winnie –the-Pooh, Paddington and other Bears.  

To give the bodies weight they are filled with polyester fiber, kapok, glass beads or steal shot. The traditional bears are firmly stuffed while the contemporary ones are much floppier.

Both old wooden shoe-buttons and black shiny glass eyes are used in the range. All noses are embroidered using stranded cotton and are finished off with varnish or black wax to give the noses a "shiny wet look", while air-brushing techniques are used to add dimension to the faces. Fred-I-Bears are either dressed or undressed.The only attention that Fred-I-Bears need is love and a warm home. From time to time they also like to send their "home mother" greetings and share their new surroundings and friends with her.


With my colleague in Taiwan, Yauh-Zeng Lin, we organized the Olympic Teddy bear games, to coincide with the official games. 2008 Beijing TBOC was a great success, and we are presently working on the 2012 London TBOC.

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In September 2009 I opened a shop at Lifestyle Garden Home.  Steven Farthing  and Irene Rantsimele help run the shop. . Fredibear, is the South African stockist for the well known and loved Charlie Bears. Merrythought, Deans, Suki, Suki Silver Tag,Steiff,Gund, Paddington, WWF, Beatrix Potter, Shaun the Sheep,  Re Born Doll.

 For customers wanting to make their own teddy bears, the shop keeps a wide range of mohair, and other fabrics, plus all the supplies to complete a teddy bear. irene has been making her own bears for over 18 years and is competent in helping you with your teddy bear making questions.
Teddy Bear Hospital: many well loved bears needing care are repaired in our workshop. Only bears needing special care will be undertaken now.- Due to my time being limited, I am no longer running a bear hospital.
Imported from the USA, Craft Velour  and Doll Skin is sold for making dolls. To date, I have not found  local suitable fabric that can be used for making Dinky dolls and other dolls.
A large selection of imported lace and antique christening robes, imported from England in stock. Fine cotton lace, difficult to find, especially in South Africa.
Kits for Reborn dolls available .  Finised Re Born Dolls for sale, each completed doll is hand painted, with hair hand rooted using the finest mohair, one strand at a time. Many layers of Generis heat setting paints are added to limbs.
For collectors, the shop sells the Jim Shore Range of collectable figurines, Willow Tree, Gorjuss and Beatrix Potter
Candles:  Extremely popular at the moment, both for ones own use and as a gift.  Yankee Candles, are available in Jars,Tarts. Car Refreshners Electric Burners and Tart Warmers are available.
The shop is open 7 days a week,  Monday-Fridays 9.00am-4.00pm and Saturdays & Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm. Shop telephone number +2711 792 6166.
Todate ( 2017) My shop is the only teddy bear shop in South Africa. Many Teddy bear shops have closed due to high rentals in shopping malls,collectors not supporting the local shops and buying online. Local bear artists purchasing supplies on line.

Imported goods are expensive in South Africa. The rate of exchange is high and fluctuates daily with extremely high shipping costs to South Africa. My orders are sent via a shipping agent, ensuring that I receive the goods, without them getting lost in the local postal system.

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We thank all our loyal customers, and continue to stive to offer an excellent service to all customers.

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