"The best things come in small packages."
This familiar saying certainly applies to the small, and ever so loveable, creations from Samantha Lutterotti of Sammibears.
Though relatively new to the industry, her passion for crocheting was honed at an early age. Sammi's mother taught her the crocheting skills when she was sixteen. However it wasn't until 2003, that she decided to use her talents to make bears.
While looking at online auctions, she noticed how charming another artist's thread bears were and felt that she needed to create one of the tiny companions for herself.
Inspired by other artists in the field of thread bear designs, Sammi got "hooked" on a particular style called Anime. "Next to my boys and husband, my passion lies with crocheting my little bears," she added.
Now she is best known for her big-headed anime style bears, and collectors may also recognize her bears by their noses.
In 2006, she started making the noses from polymer clay. In order to reach her goal of appealing to a wide variety of collectors, she continues to create in both traditional and anime styles.
Currently on maternity leave from her job at the University of Lethbridge, with her second child, Ottavio and busy caring for her first born, Hunter.
Sammi makes her home in the town of Lethbridge, Canada. Motherhood has consumed most of her days leaving bear-making her only "true" hobby.
When not crafting bears, she spends time with her children and husband, Dave, camping, playing in the parks or enjoying game night.