Despite a lifetime of crafting and thousands of projects Alfred is the first Teddy Bear that I have stitched. I made him as a birthday present for a friend who loves bears. The fabric he is made from is a wool/mohair mix which makes him slightly furry. I was going to machine stitch him but I ended up hand stitching when I came down with a cold on New Year's Day. Faces on soft toy dolls and animals are notoriously difficult to get right and it took me three attempts to be completely satisfied with Alfred's smiley expression. Alfred has a lovely time living with Julie, whenever I visit he is sitting in a different place on the sofa or bed, in the kitchen or peeping through the banisters!