Beary nice work by WI

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Mid Canterbury Federation of Women’s Institute’s Dianne Carter (of Wakanui WI) and Joan Henderson...
Mid Canterbury Federation of Women’s Institute’s Dianne Carter (of Wakanui WI) and Joan Henderson (of Netherby WI) are taught the bear-necessities by tutor Judy Skevington (right). Photo Toni Williams
It’s teddy-ous work, with a need to be un-bear-ably particular, but the end result is worth it.

It’s perfecting the art of teddy bear making.

And six members of the Mid Canterbury Federation of Women’s Institute’s (WI) have taken on the challenge to make a dressed teddy bear in two piece winter pyjamas, with no accessories, under 40cm tall for the WI’s Robert Young/May Martin Trophy in the national competition in Stoke, Nelson at the end of May.

The ladies have attended sessions on the art of teddy bear making during the past two weeks, guided by Ash-Bear-ton Teddy Bear Club’s Judy Skevington.

The bears, all different shades of brown, are being crafted using sewing machines and hand stitching.

It’s detailed work and, at stages, appears quite macabre with decapitated, or pin-struck bears mid-production.

Once finished, the best teddy bear of the six ladies will go forward as part of a combined Mid Canterbury entry into the competition alongside a peg half-apron and a cross-stitched hand towel and facecloth set decorated with 5cm Aida cloth trim also made by members.

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