welcome to burra bears

the original collectable shetland teddy bear

I designed and made my original bear in 1997, as a keepsake gift for my sister.
My concept, to recycle an entire handknitted Fair Isle patterned Shetland woollen jumper into a bear, brought such a positive response and demand for more bears, in time gave me a full-time job.



All the other Burra Bears sewn since then have been given the same characteristics of my first bear. It was made by salvaging fabric from a worn out, but unique Shetland jumper.

The beautiful, colourful material; of pure wool fibre grown in the wild, spun, colourfully patterned and lovingly knitted, was recycled and reshaped into an appealing three dimensional body form, a warm and comforting bear.

Nowadays you can still get a hand made unique bear made from your old jumper, just get in touch, but because there are only so many old jumpers a lot of bears are made from new Fair Isle specially knitted in the islands from pure Shetland wool.

Have a look at my bears, now available in three sizes, including the "peerie oolet", specially for bairns.

Alternatively, I now have a range of Burra Bear® cards. Bears are available in a number of shops, or directly from me in Shetland (Burra is an island off the West Mainland of Shetland). Just Contact me.

Thanks for calling,

Wendy Inkster

Keep Scotland beautiful award 2010 Reccomended by Cool Places
Silver award winner Keep Scotland Beautiful 2010 and 2011