Meet Jan Cuming . .


Like many other artists, over the years I have tried almost every craft. As a child pocket money was usually spent on buying craft supplies; funny how some things don’t change!

My love of teddy bears started early too. I still have my original Teddy, who has travelled and lived overseas with me.  As an adult I started to collect vintage and artist bears, a regular visitor to the teddy bear shows. At one of those shows I purchased a piece of mohair and a commercial pattern. Some months later I made my first bear, and then decided that I could definitely improve on it. And as they say, “the rest is history.”

I still have the first bear I ever made and although he is a little odd looking; he has plenty of character.

I am fortunate to be able to travel from my home in Wellington, New Zealand to make an annual journey to the United States (this journey takes me about 36 hours to complete).

Jinglebears has been going strong for 22 years and my house is full of projects in a state of semi-completion and mohair on the floor! Creating is much more fun than cleaning house!


Very happy to be featured in the February issue of Bears&Buds Online Teddy Bear Magazine.  Click on the cover to read the article.

Thank you for taking the time to view Jinglebears. I hope you find something that calls out to you.


Beary warmest regards,  Jan

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