My name is Francesca Boretti. I'm Italian but I live in Switzerland since 2010.
I've always enjoyed creating, and through the years I have experimented in several crafts: papier mache', cross stitch, embroidery, mosaic, decoupage, fabric painting, polymer clay sculpture....just to name some.
In 2004 I was able to finally convince a dear friend to teach me the basics to make a jointed teddy bear. That was the beginning of a passion that I think, and hope, will fuel my creative life for many years to come.
This is my first bear ever. His name is Romeo, and he lives with me. He sits on a shelf in my work room, and observes with a kind eye as I sew new creations.
|Some of the first bears from my own original designs|
It finally came in 2011, and I must thank my eldest son Pietro that at five kept making all sorts of questions about the cute teddies that sat on the shelf, and "can you make me one for my birthday mummy?".
Since 2011 my technique and my designs have gone through great changes and improvement. I must say that the internet, and the possibility it gives us teddy bear makers to share ideas and seek inspiration has been an important factor.
And here I am. I am lucky. I have two great kids, my husband supports my crafting whims... I have a great passion. When people ask me if this is a hobby or a part time job, I answer...IT IS A FULL TIME HOBBY! :-)