I've made dozens of teddy bears for others over the years. When I started to have problems handling the tools and hardware to make the joints a couple years ago, I decided I wanted to make just one more bear for myself. I shopped for just the right fur, and in spite of it being very expensive in a specialty bear shop, I fell in love with this "tipped woven mohair". I got my husband's help with the joints, made his paw pads and nose of wool felt, and put glass beads in his tushy for sitting weight. He will be great company in my sewing room!