WILTON – Techniques for making teddy bears and other animals were presented at the October luncheon of the Western Mountain Women’s Connection. Held at the Boiler Room, the program featured Jane Bullock of Janie Babe’s Bears. Bullock has created literally hundreds of one-of-a-kind animals. The bears are collectibles, since the time required from start to finish averages about 15 hours.

Bullock displayed several materials for the animals, from grandma’s antique fur to synthetic fabrics. She stressed that using furs that are not being worn is a great way to carry the past forward, and perhaps keep a reminder of a relative.

Bullock also demonstrated the use of specialized tools in the production process. And she showed the group how the size and placement of the eyes impacts the perceived age and personality of the bears.

Pamela Cahill of Virginia gave a talk on “Overcoming Fear with a Flashlight and a Teddy Bear.” Cahill visits women’s groups across the country.

Plans for the Tuesday, Nov. 7, gathering include a silent auction by secret bid and a live auction by auctioneer Phil McIntyre. Previewing items, many handmade and others donated by area businesses, will take place from 10:30 to 11 a.m., with the live auction beginning at 11.

Donation of food items for the auction may be received from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the Boiler Room. All other donations must be received by Friday, Nov. 3. Call Linda 897-2962 for information.

“Searching for the Brass Ring” is the title of the talk to be given by inspirational guest speaker Nancy Williams of Salem, N.H.

The Western Mountain Women’s Connection meets monthly, usually at 11:15 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Cost for the program, including lunch, is $12 There is an attendance contest ending in December. For reservations, call Betsey at 562-8395 or Jane at 642-2282. There is free babysitting with reservations.

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