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Cedric features in the Basingstoke Gazette

The Adventures of Cedric the Bear was featured in the Basingstoke Gazette today. It’s been a long journey from when Cedric was first created in 2012 to now being able to say we have a book published.

Have a look at the article here.

Publication Date!

In 2019, Liesbeth Heenk of Amsterdam Publishers agreed to publish our book.

How Cedric became a book!

Cedric and Katie were in a TV competition called Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution – and they won! Lucia, a writer, saw the show and called Katie to suggest turning Cedric into the star of a book. They agreed, contacted Anne, an illustrator, and together they created The Adventures of Cedric the Bear.

How Cedric was made

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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

Katie

Cedric

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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.

Katie 

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