Creating Custom Toys: Heirloom Teddy Bear with Anna Dean

In this class you will assemble a one-of-a-kind stuffed animal while learning the basics of hand embroidery along the way. Using a variety of quality upcycled fabrics we will piece together a totally unique Teddy Bear. You will learn up to five embroidery stitches, which will then be applied to designing your bear’s face and lovable belly. Join us to create a custom plush toy to treasure or gift to someone you love.

Maximum class size: 6

Anna Dean is an experienced crafter who has made Nantucket her home. Graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in Fashion Design she came to Nantucket as a summer seamstress. Many years later she is still sewing and crafting year round. She specializes in hand embroidery and upcycling fabric into one-of-a-kind toys and goods. Anna is a mother of two and enjoys sharing her passion for arts and crafts to all who wish to learn.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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