There cannot be many artisans that get to work with such fabulous materials as bear makers! I adore natural fabrics such as mohair, alpaca and silk. There is something about the softness, silkiness and pure luxury that these materials afford. The way the fabrics can be moulded into three dimensional teddies and other animals seems to me to be almost magical.
I luckily managed to accumulate a decent stash of materials before I retired. Whenever I start a new project, I drag out lots of different fabrics before I choose the one that I feel will work best. Alpaca is wonderful, dense fur for realistic bears. Thick, wavy or dense straight mohairs are great for classic teds. Curly and matted mohairs are great for aged bears and other animals.
Some ladies like shoes...others love handbags. I love fabrics! Anyway, I don't think I will need to buy more for a while!
I am very busy at the moment producing bears and other animals for summer shows.