"To tell the truth, in my childhood, I did not have a teddy. There were dolls but no teddy bears."
Although she had been interested in teddy bears it wasn't until she bought a
plush dog that she realized the indescribable joy she could get from something so furry
"I bought fake fur and began to study techniques. I cannot say that I managed to make a masterpiece the first time I tried. I inserted the paw incorrectly!"
course she can laugh about it now but back then many tears were shed.
With time she achieved the results she wanted which were a far cry from her original bear with its legs sewn on backwards.
Irina took bear-making very seriously and studied day and night, designing her own patterns and looking at every bear image she could find.
With her handy wool fiber skills, she realized that she could make her creations from various wools and create very unique bears and buds; from kittens to hedgehogs, bunnies to puppies.
"Expression in the eyes, the smiles, each one of them has their own character and therefore has its own life."
After two years of sewing teddy bears and their
friends, Irina has acquired many new friends and loyal collectors.
With the support of her husband and son she is able to explore her many, many talents and bring her creations into the world.
"All my successes make me very happy."
It makes us happy too!