Welcome to IsabellaHoffmann.com, the online home Bearly Collectibles and the Bella Bears line of collectible mohair teddy bears and critters made by fine artist Isabella Hoffmann, and Willow Nook Machine Felting, her newest creative endeavor involving an innovative design and embellishment process using wool felt and the needle felting machine.
We were really touched by these kind words from our new friend Laurie in Massachusetts....
“Dear Isabella, I just had to write back to you. After receiving the 3 dvd's Snowman, Cardinal and Tips and Tricks, I felt like I was taking a one on one class with you. I have over 100 dvd or vhs tapes in my "learning library”, [and] after watching your tips and tricks dvd, I have to say you are the absolute best instructor I have ever had the pleasure to learn from. Your sense of humor just made my day and the instruction and patience you show certainly says a great deal about you. Your projects are absolutely beautiful and destined to be heirlooms. I wish I could go to your class in person but living so far away it isn't possible. That is why I am so thrilled with your dvd's. I have only had the dvd's a few days but have watched the tips one over 10 times…”
Isabella began making mohair teddy bears in 1992, and professionally in 1995. Her award winning designs and pieces have been adopted and created by thousands of people around the world, and she has been a featured artist in numerous magazines and shows. She is currently a designer for Clements GmbH Toy Company in Germany, and some of her pieces are on permanent display in a museum in there as well. She teaches bear making classes in the Milwaukee area, and is available for private instruction. Click on Bearly Collectibles for more information!
Willow Nook Machine Needle Felting Designs
Isabella got involved with machine needle felting by coincidence. For a short time she dabbled with 3-D wool felting and sculpting, and many of her felting students went on to win major awards for their pieces! Over time, working with the medium by hand began to feel time consuming and Isabella was searching for something new. Luckily, she was at a friend's shop when a new needle felting machine arrived and she was invited to try it out. She could hear the Choirs of Angels in the background and was instantly hooked! Isabella has since developed her own unique machine needle felting designs, patterns and process for embellishment, resulting in pieces completely different from anything else currently being done with the medium. She's especially excited about how easy and enjoyable this new method can be for students of any age or experience level. Her second book, Willow Nook's Machine Needle Felting; Wool Images, is now available for purchase. Click here for more information about Willow Nook Machine Needle Felting! *New classes have been added for the next couple months! Visit the Shows and Classes page and sign up soon! *Be sure to stop by our Store Page for new pattern additions and new bears and felted pieces looking for a loving home! *Visit the Contact Page to sign up for the new, quarterly e-newsletter! * Long-Distance private classes can be conducted via Skype! Contact Isabella for details!
A Note From Isabella:
We're just now starting to escape the dark and cold clutches of the winter season, and I couldn't be more excited! There's nothing better than those first couple 40 degree days in a row, where you can crank open the windows and fill the house with fresh air! It should only be a matter of weeks now before there's more ground than snow, and more sun that clouds. I love spring time!
Springtime always ushers in some new energy and creativity, and we're excited to get moving on some new projects and patterns for the upcoming seasons and holidays. What kinds of designs would you like to be able to add to your collection? Get in touch in email, in the guest book, or on Facebook and let us know!
All the Best,
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