Hazel Village | Nicholas Bear

$42.00

by Hazel Village

The Product:

"Nicholas likes to be prepared. For instance, what if he is up in the Far Meadow, and he finds a good harvest of acorns but he has no wagon to carry them? That is why his wagon is always bumping along behind him. He says it's worth the extra effort. Plus it is shiny." 

Nicholas is made from tan organic cotton fleece. His ears are lined with natural cotton muslin. His face is hand-stitched with cotton thread. 

Nicholas's romper is a collaboration with our friends at Winter Water Factory. It's made from soft organic cotton and it closes in back with velcro. 

Nicholas measures about 14" tall, and is ready to make himself cozy in his new home!

The Maker:

Maker Jane Van Cleef named her sweet line of woodland friends after the American Hazelnut tree: "a source of delicious nuts, magical divining rods, useful twigs for basketry, and food for caterpillars." She began the venture in 2010, and took inspiration from her favorite childhood toys and stories, including Brambly Hedge, Uncle Willy, and the Little House series.  In the beginning, she made each stuffed animal on the sewing machine in her attic, hand stitching sweet faces on each one and writing stories about the little woodland community she created.  The wild success of her Etsy shop led her to seek some help in order to offer the Hazel Village experience to a wider audience, while still producing the responsibly and maintaining their heirloom quality.  Partnering with a certified organic and fair labor company in India allowed her to do so.  Each face is still stitched by hand, giving every animal a one-of-a-kind charm.