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  • Megelles Bear Making Workshop
    If you are interested in joining me for a day of bear making or beginner bear designing please email for full details. Individual tuition is also available. Classes are held weekly and weekend classes depending on demand. Weekday class: We have a regular classes on every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm


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Megelles is an exclusive bear making business owned and operated by Lisa Dopking in Queensland Australia.

If you aren't familiar with me or my work, I am one of Australia’s leading bear artists and designers. I have been bear making since 1985. I have won numerous awards in Australia and in 2005 I entered my first Toby Competition and was honoured with a 2005 TOBY Industry Choice Award for my bear Joseph. I was very delighted to be nominated.

My first attempt at bear making was in 1985 after completing a patchwork quilt making course whilst I was based in Sydney. In 1990 I returned to Brisbane and discovered the delights of fur fabric. I am now one of Australia’s most renowned teddy bear artisans. I established my business in 1996 and the unusual name of ‘Meg-el-les’ is a combination of my daughters’ names Megan and Ellen.

Each design from Megelles is an original. I divide my designs into 3 areas:-
Collectable bears mostly one of a kind and very small limited editions of artist bears. I design and make all the bears and their gorgeous outfits. I love to use homespun fabrics and embellishing them with vintage doilies and lace. I also like to use the wonderful array of patchwork fabrics available on today’s market.
Designer Bear Patterns for making bears especially designed with the bear maker in mind. All the patterns have full instructions and include the patterns for the outfits or accessories as photographed.
Bear related products small quilts, stitcheries, wall hangings, cushions and patterns to make these items.
I design and produce over 40 bear making patterns and bear stitchery kits. These can be viewed on my website or weblog.

My bears are from 6" to 24" in size. They are very traditional with a "country style" to the finishing details. Often they have a companion. I love the felted mohair and often age my bears. I use replica shoe button eyes and if suitable vintage accessories. There is a never ending array of patchwork and quilting fabrics available to inspire. My bears all have 4 claws on each limb and have the MEGELLES smile. From 2007 all my bears will have a unique Megelles button sewn to them, a label sewn into the back seam and a swing tag detailing the bear’s construction.

I only produce a limited number of bears each year as well as several new designs for bear makers.

Thank you for taking a look at my bears. Keep smiling and enjoy my bears as I enjoy making them for you.

Cheers Lisa Dopking


my family, Moreton Island, embroidery, patchwork, teddy bear making, roses, gardening