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.
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 designed for Clements GmbH Toy Company in Germany, and some of her pieces are on permanent display in museums 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. 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! *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:
I went to a sheep and wool festival for the first time and just loved it. The people were so kind and generous! Each vendor's booth was like a candy shop. Working with wool, roving, creating with knitting, spinning or any type of wool & fiber art sure has changed.
The online shows for Teddy Bears are thriving and I am looking forward to show you my new designs for each show.
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!
We will be happy to hear from you.
All the Best,