About us

susan3Susan and Mark McKay have been involved in the Vintage Teddy Bear and Doll Collectible Industry for over 27 years. As avid collectors, they understand what their customers are looking for in hand-made, vintage-inspired collectibles: excellent craftsmanship, careful selection of materials, and what might be called ‘personality’, or heart.

Together Susan and Mark travel the world, seeking out quality vintage fabrics, notions and jewellery to inspire the next collectible creation – and hopefully to craft your next furry companion!

Susan is the artist – she creates many wonderful, limited editions and one of a kind, unique creations. Her original, handcrafted teddy bears, dolls, dogs, cats and other animal characters have found new homes throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Susan has also conducted numerous teddy bear making workshops over the time period geared for the enthusiastic sewer and antique teddy bear collector.

Visit the store to see many of her wonderful creations.


Bears of the Abbey has been interviewed on Breakfast Television shows across Canada. Susan’s artistry has been featured in many of the industry’s trade magazines including Teddy Bear and Friends, Teddy Bear Review, Teddy Bear Times England, Teddy Bear Times Japan, Doll Crafter and Dolls.

We’re honoured to have been featured in some of the industry’s finest magazines:

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