Before Cedric came to life in the books he was a handmade teddy bear.
I made Cedric to sit approximately 4 inches tall and filled him with premium glass beads to give just the right weight. I hand wove his fabric using a beautifully soft Tencel yarn and a twill structure which is what gives him his unique diagonal line and diamond pattern. I cut and hand stitched him together before finishing him with a stitched nose and glass eyes.
I completed every stage by hand using traditional techniques meaning approximately 20 hours of love went in to making him.
For more in depth detail about how I made him please take a look at my blog Here
So, Easter has come and gone and the attack on my teeth and waistline from far too tempting chocolates has finally abated.
I really love cracking open a giant Easter egg, don’t you?
I also enjoy getting out and about in central London which never fails to inspire me.
A friend and I took a stroll across the river from the Southbank to take a look at the newest installation on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. It is a very interesting and thought-provoking piece by Iraqi artist, Michael Rakowitz.
You can find out more about Michael’s artwork at the link below. And for any teachers out there wishing to inspire your young charges, there is an annual fourth plinth schools award as well:
As I headed on to Oxford Street to catch my bus, my ears were suddenly thrilled by the most ferocious drumming. A fantastic young woman had set up outside John Lewis and was playing her drums to a backing track of pop classics as if her life depended on it! Hair flying, her arms a blur. A huge crowd gathered around her on the pavement to listen. She even stopped the traffic when around a hundred Easter bunnies on bicycles paused to listen as well. A surreal and delightful moment.
Spring has arrived at last – I hope it’s putting a spring in your own creative steps!
Thank you for taking the time to visit Cedric’s site (he’s really thrilled, honestly) and we hope you like what you see. Don’t feel shy to write to us – and for any small people who want to know more about Cedric just ask your Mummy or Daddy to send a message on your behalf and we’ll pass it on.
Whatever your Chinese sign, we hope that this is a fantastic year for you all!
Katie (Dragon), Anne (Pig) and Lucia (Dog)
Cynics say that celebrating the New Year is pointless, that soon after the New Year arrives, we all forget our resolutions and resort to our old ways.
I say that the New Year offers us the priceless commodity of hope.
The beginning of a new year allows us to draw a line behind the previous one and to reflect on what happened, good and bad. It gives us pause for thought and time to see how we might do things differently; it also inspires us to dream. Whether your dreams are big or small, it takes hope to dream – and courage.
It’s not always easy to identify the starting point of an idea or a design, but I can clearly remember what inspired me when I began to work on the design of the fabric which ultimately became the cloth for my teddy bear, Cedric. I had in my mind the colours of autumn, the mix of soft reds, muted gold and hints of yellow like the beautiful soft sunlight that is so special in late September.
As I worked at my loom and wove these beautiful threads together I could see in my mind’s eye all the colours of a cascade of falling leaves.