Berta Hesen-Minten, ThReAdTeDs

Flower Power Girl Peace

cRoFeLt bear nominated for Golden Teddy Award 2005

(Teddy Bear Review's Award Competition) in the Dressed/

Accessorized, 5 Inches & Under, Category.

Berta Hesen-Minten


a Beloved

Art Form


By Laura Weltsch

Fool's Gold


Fondly referred to as "Queen

of the Thread Animals", Berta

Hesen-Minten, ThReAdTeDs,

from the Netherlands, a quiet,

yet determined woman, is bent

on achieving a mission which

she believes may not solve

any major worldwide problem,

but rather will bring joy and

creativity to the hearts of many!

Her noble quest is to restore

the waning needle arts,

particularly crocheting, so

that they may once again

flourish in the hands

of everyone, everywhere. 

Road to Recognition

Since 1999, when her career

began, Berta Hesen-Minten

has increasingly become a name

renowned to teddy bear lovers

for her pioneering, innovatively

unique, crocheted ThReAdTeDs

bears and other animals. 

Until a few years ago, crocheted

animals were regarded only as

children's toys, but Berta's fresh

design methods and perspective

have infused new life into this

time-honored craft, transforming

it into a respected genre, desired

by collectors.

Giving Nature

More importantly, Berta is also

very well known for her kind and generous spirit. 

She unselfishly shares her vast

knowledge and nurturing guidance

within the Yahoo bear making

and thread animal online groups

to which she belongs.

Berta has also provided countless

grateful crocheters worldwide

with some of her patterns

through FREE giveaways and magazine articles.

New Horizons

Last year, she opened the door

for even more thread animal

artists to access her designs

through her groundbreaking

book, ThReAdTeDs™ Secrets & Patterns© (Patronen & Trucs).

Berta's is the very first pattern

book ever published in the

category of crocheted, jointed, miniature animals and is offered

in two languages: English and


Additionally, her abundant number

of global awards and numerous

articles in crochet and teddy bear

collector magazines worldwide,

serve as public recognition of the

level of respect and love she has garnered within both fields.

Jodi Pattern Challenge

Recently, Berta designed a special

ThReAdTeDs pattern, named Jodi,

for use in a Pattern Challenge held

for members of ThreadAnimals,

a Yahoo online crochet group

to which she belongs. 

Participants received the brand

new, never before published, soon

to be cherished, pattern FREE.

Each contestant then rendered

their version of the patten within

the rules set by Berta. 

Berta singlehandedly organized, administered and publicized the

contest which was covered

editorially in several leading

print and online magazines.

The winner in each of the three categories received a Gold, Silver

or Copper Crochet Hook trophy

specially created for the contest

by Berta.

Yahoo Opens the Door

Berta had never considered the possibililty of selling her creations

outside her small area until she discovered and connected with

several online Yahoo teddy bear

and thread animal artist groups. 

"These groups opened a new world

for me when I saw how many bear collectors were out there," explains


"Through the groups and the

wealth of information shared

by the members, I learned

how to sell and the full realm

of possibillities."

"If I had remained within the

confines of what I could achieve

only in my own small town, it never would be possible to sell my work

so I did not think about it, until

I saw and learned that it could

be done and I could sell

worldwide through the Internet,"

summarized Berta.

Loving What You Do!

Thus began the real enjoyment

for Berta, as her passion was

ignited to produce her well-loved, miniature ThrReAdTeDs, created 

in various sizes -- all the way

down to a teensy bear that fits

inside of a lipstick tube! 

Fun is the order of the day when

Berta is working on her bears. 

She gets so caught up in creating

that while she is working on completingone piece, ideas are already popping into her head

for other pieces! 

Favorite and Current Styles

Berta is partial to the look of traditional bears, particularly

those which have been given

an "aged appearance".

She especially loves miniature

bears but believes, " they must

have the same intricate detailing

as the bigger bears."

Recently, Berta designed a center

seam bear, but there may not be

time to make many, because

her passion for translating  the traditional style to her exacting,

intricate medium, commands most

of her studio time. 

Outside of the traditional, this

year Berta has branched into the "funny, weird, wild and strange"

world of her mix between Anime

and Fantasy with her Jut and Jul series. 

Jut and Jul can only be adopted

as a couple.  However, other

family members can be adopted separately.

Further Ground Breaking

Many needle-arts occupy Berta's  interest, and she incorporates

various forms into her bear

making; a knitted sweater here,

a tatted collar there, as she

dreams of creating a bear

of a kind that has never been

done before. 

Just when she is beginning

to think there is nothing new

under the sun, two art forms

converge in her mind --

crocheting and needle felting! 

Neither are completely new

to bear making, but in Berta's

talented hands, they emerge

as a whole new look. 

Berta calls these blended designs, cRoFelT Bears.  "I always strive

to make unique bears", she


"I don't like to repeat my bears

and designs...and if I do, it

would again be different, by

using another thread, or making

the arms wired, where they

weren't before, and so forth....

I do love working with all kinds

of fibers." 

Berta's mixed-media cRoFelT

Bears are a combination of both techniques, crochet and needle

felting, firmly joined together

in a special process that renders them, a single piece. 


A favorite design of Berta's is her

highly poseable Flip-Flop Bear. 

The most recent ones, she has

filled with glass beads, which she

loves, because "it makes them

more putty-like, in one's hand."

These have wired arms for even

more expressive positions. 

"I love the Flip- Flops fitting

in my hand, but I plan to make

a few bigger Flip-Flop Bears, too."

Striving for the Best

Berta's designs continue

to evolve.  She always writes

down her stitching process,

disclosing that she would hate

to make a leg with an extra

row, or even a few stitches

more than the other leg. 

"Even if it cannot be seen,

when I know one leg has

one more stitch than it should,

I pull it out.  It is not that other

might see it, but because

I know it is not correct!" 

Writing the steps down not only satisfies her perfectionist nature,

but also helps when she wants

to enlarge, shrink, or otherwise

alter a design. 


With her trusty tool box by her

side, Berta is prepared to put

forth the five to eight hours

it takes her to make a miniature ThreadTed, which often will

include a costume incorporating various needle arts, and small

scale findings. 

Having all of her creating needs

within easy reach, is essential--

hooks in several sizes, scissors, tweezers, forceps, stuffing,

embroidery thread, eyes, etc. 

It's all there, right down to the

odd doo-dads that bring her

inspiration; things like magnets,

a small mirror, a plastic box,

a wooden stick...  

All of these oddities spark ideas

in Berta's mind for future tiny

projects-- probably more than

a lifetime's worth of ideas!

Little Thief

Nominated as a Finalist, 2005

Ted World Wide, Mini Undressed,

Category. The little guy is getting

 a spanking for stealing cookies

from the cookie jar!

Berta Hesen-Minten


2nd Place winner in Euro Teddy

Competition, Minature Teddybar

Category and also 2nd Place

winner at Taiwan Teddy Bear Show

& Creative Awards.

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Nominated as a Finalist for

TITA 2005, Japan Teddy Bear

Fan Club, Dressed under 14 cm.

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Hagain & Jodi
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Another of Berta's unique

ThReAd BuNdLe BeArS.

ONLY 1.5" small!

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Rainbow Bears

Bigger bear is 3" tall, made

from DMC perle cotton.  Small

bear is 2.5" small, made from

punch thread.  Both fully jointed.

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The Circus is Here!

Miniature crocheted thread

animals pose in circus-themed

diorama with lots of lovely

embellishments and tons

of color!

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2.5" small, made from dralon

thread with wisp of angora, fully

jointed, e mbroidered heart

shape waxed nose, black onyx

eyes, embroidered claws, hair

tied with 100% silk ribbon,

ruffle collar, vintage rayon heart.

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Pleased To Meet You 

Made with angora thread from

pattern in ThReAdTeDs Secrets

& Patterns book available on

Berta's website. Fully jointed,

firmly stuffed, 4" tall, colorful

ribbon bow tied around his head.

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This is a photo of the three

Crochet Hook trophies: Gold,

Silver or Copper specially

created for the Jodi Pattern Challenge contest sponsored by Berta for the ThreadAnimals Yahoo online group to which she belongs. 


Little Bear is the first thing this newly hatched chick saw when it was born

and now it thinks Little Bear is its Mom!!! Well, they do kind of look alike.

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Only 1.5" high and 2" from

nose to tale, crocheted from

DMC perle cotton, fully jointed.

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Some Bunny to Love
When is a bunny not a bunny?
When it is a bear cub in disguise,
of course! Remove the "hare hat"
and you will see who really is
hiding under all that rabbit fuzz!
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Ollie & Friends

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So soft, cloaked in her mantle

of misty fiber.  How can you

resist this little beauty who

drifts through the night calling

for the one who would take her

into their home and family?

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Wild haired "tufted" kid is sure

to keep everyone amused with

his antics.  Luscious earth toned

"hair"is soft as silk!

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Bear Pool

First Place winner, 2005 Swiss Teddy Award, Mini

Category and Second Place winner of City of Zurich

Special Award

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Jut & Jul

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The little bear is a pinch
over an inch. His little collar
is crocheted and his nose
waxed. His big friend is sewn,
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Piedemutske Bears

Both 3" tall bears wear piedemutskes,

the kind of cap ancient craftmen wore

to work.  Normally, the piedemutskes

were plain blue or black, but these

crocheted, fun-loving bears chose

their hats in bright, fanciful colours.

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Rocking Horse
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Time for a Bath!

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cRoFeLt bear, 3" tall, fully jointed,

body weighted to stand alone,

incorporated suit crocheted

from punch thread; removeable

collar, edges and "pom poms"

crocheted from perle cotton.

Head, feet and paws needle felted,

sculpted and shaded, published

in Teddy Bear Scene and Teddy

Bear Times.

Berta Hesen-Minten

Sparky, the Dog

3" tall, made from Magic thread,

brushed and shaded, 5-way

jointed, disk jointed head, limbs

are thread jointed, wired tail,

embroidered facial features,

waxed and polished nose

for wet look dog nose, hand made

doggie sweater.

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One of Berta Many Patterns

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Two Flip-Flops
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