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How Scottish Tweed Teddy Bears Celebrate Scotland’s Heritage

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These small fully jointed bears make ideal cuddling companions, providing warmth and inspiration as children grow up. With cozy Harris Tweed coats and vibrant cotton-moleskin paws, these adorable cuddlers can accompany them everywhere they go while providing protection and guidance along the way.

Origins

History of Teddy Bears or “teddies” Teddy bears have had a fascinating journey over their history, from early fur-covered versions meant to mimic real bear cubs to modern plush toys that often lack any form of fur covering whatsoever. Teddies remain beloved toys that serve as popular gifts for children as well as being given as tokens of affection or sympathy which can be easily bought using your extra cash earned from the games on platforms mentioned on Yoakim Bridge.

Reid (or its variants, Read and Reed) is a surname with strong Scottish connections, often being listed amongst the 75 most-common surnames in both England and Scotland. Though today this surname ranks 75th on lists like these, its true roots may stretch much deeper back. One possible origin may lie with red in English meaning red-haired or having a ruddy complexion–perhaps its progenitor had red locks?

Due to border battles between England and Scotland in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, there was often an ambiguous line dividing England from Scotland, leading some families with the surname MacRory (Mac Ruaidh in Gaelic) moving north along their journeys from south of the border. As such, some families bearing MacRory changed into Reid or Reed to reflect this change.

The Teddy bear’s story began with a newspaper cartoon depicting President Theodore Roosevelt on a hunting trip where he refused to shoot a wounded bear that was wearing tags and had collars, thus leading Morris Michtom, owner of a Brooklyn candy store, who saw this image to create a stuffed animal in memory of President Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot “Teddy”, mass producing them and quickly becoming an instant success.

Colours

With its plum herringbone Harris tweed coat (to protect it from Scotland’s elements) and soft burgundy cotton-moleskin paws, this fully jointed bear is a fantastic mascot, protector or friend. He stands just under 10 inches and features shiny black eyes and classic bear hat as well as high quality poly fiber stuffing for maximum squeezability.

Over centuries, islanders from Lewis and Harris, Uists, Benbecula and Barra produced cloth known as clo-mor (meaning big cloth in Scottish Gaelic) by hand. This cloth served a variety of practical and ceremonial uses including covering roofs or covering coffins; Crofters would even use it as currency by trading lengths of fabric for grain.

Lady Catherine Murray, wife of the 6th Earl of Dunmore, persuaded local villagers in 1836 to streamline the weaving process so Harris Tweed production could occur more efficiently and rapidly – eventually it became popular among Scottish nobility and aristocracy as a fabric of choice for use by clothing makers – which led merchants from Edinburgh to London establishing themselves to capitalize on its rapidly growing market.

Morris Michtom, an owner of a Brooklyn candy store, saw a newspaper cartoon mocking Roosevelt for refusing to shoot a bear, so as a thank-you present he created his own version of a Teddy Bear which became one of the best-selling toys at that time and gave it to President Roosevelt as a thank-you present – becoming known by its now iconic name ‘Teddy Bear’. Since then every 50 metres of Harris Tweed fabric purchased is verified by an independent inspector and stamped with Orb Trade Mark to ensure authenticity of each fabric bought today.

Styles

This collection of bears represents Scottish fabrics, styles and traditions with every piece a celebration. Tweed inspired by Edinburgh Castle provides inspiration – grey cobbles on cobbled paths; blue Firth of Forth waters; and red crown jewels displayed within Castle walls are just some of them! Each bear in this collection is fully jointed and hand made; creating timeless collector’s items to be loved for generations to come.

Tommy is a stunning 10″ mohair bear inspired by Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders TV show – I made his Baker boy styled hat out of Harris Tweed and placed a blue silk ribbon around his neck as his “hoots”.

This little bear is truly special; he’s a very rare antique brown velvet and tweed fabric tweed bear made to commemorate Scotland’s heritage of islands. Made with vintage brown velvet for his paw pads, ears and hands – with unique vintage brown velvet for his vintage brown velvet hands! As with other unique bears stuffed with sawdust, excelsior and metal shot for added weight; featuring black glass eyes attached with T-cotter pins as fastenings! He features black glass eyes attached with T-cotter pins as fastenings on 4 T-cotter pins.

This stunning Tweed Bear makes the ideal present for anyone who appreciates Scotland. He is filled with sawdust and excelsior to give it its full, fluffy appearance, painted with oil pastel, embroidered with black perle stitching and can stand or sit when needed with assistance from five cotter pins – making him perfect to take with you or give as an amazing present to someone special in your life!

Materials

This bear was made using antique plush in sweet caramel hue. Stuffed with sawdust and metal granulate for stuffing, tinted using oil pastels, and fitted with five cotter pin jointed joints so he can sit or stand freely.

This adorable beige mohair bear from decades past features five cotter pin joints for full jointed play and black perle stitch detail, oil pastel tinting to his face and paw pads and oil pastel tinted outfit of tweed waistcoat, cotton denim trousers with peaked hat.

Traditionally, people on Lewis, Harris, the Uists, Benbecula and Barra wove cloth called clo-mor – literally meaning “big cloth” in Scottish Gaelic – by hand to meet their daily needs for warmth, wrapping or covering up, clothing making, home decoration and currency exchanges.

The Countess of Dunmore was an avid proponent of local industry in North Harris. She sent girls from the island to learn weaving techniques while making improvements that made it more uniform and workable. Beginning in 1840s she promoted this cloth as fashionable textile among members of Queen Victoria’s inner circle – something which continued well into modernity.

Today’s production of Harris Tweed is tightly managed. Every 50 meters must go through an inspection process administered by the independent Harris Tweed Authority before receiving an Orb Trade Mark – this serves as a seal of authenticity and can only be given on fabric from outer Hebrides islands such as Lewis, Harris, South Uists, Benbecula or Barra.

Appearance

Historical islanders of Scotland wove cloth known as clo-mor, which translates as “big cloth,” for practical and protective uses as well as trading purposes. Crofters would create this beautiful, high quality fabric from their cottages using dyes derived from local plants and lichens sourced in Scotland, creating fabric much admired by gentry and aristocracy alike; soon Lady Catherine Murray, daughter of 6th Earl Dunmore began promoting it with them to maintain Harris Tweed’s popularity and keep its name intact – making history!

Clifford Berryman was a political cartoonist who humorously mocked Theodore Roosevelt for refusing to shoot the bear he encountered while hunting in 1902. Morris Michtom saw this cartoon and decided to create a stuffed animal named Roosevelt after it; many consider him the father of modern teddy bears.

These charming fully jointed teddy bears are lovingly hand-crafted in Scotland from luxurious soft materials such as high-grade tweed and cotton-moleskin fabric, featuring a lucky sixpence design on each bear with oak veneered wood and a tartan background – the ideal additions for any child’s collection!

These exquisite teddy bears are created using Harris Tweed, handwoven by people on Lewis, North and South Uist, Benbecula, Barra and Harris islands. Recognizable by its Orb Trade Mark ironed onto every 50 metres of fabric to ensure its authenticity, this beautiful cloth is widely known.