About Leith Toy Hospital
Leith Toy Hospital grew out of Picture to Puppet, a custom puppet and toy making business started in 2012. Leith Toy Hospital officially opened its doors in 2017, and has been growing in popularity ever since. Leith Toy Hospital and Picture to Puppet coexist in a cosy workshop at 64 Constitution Street, where new puppets and repaired toys can be seen sharing space in the window. Our soft toy repairs range from dog-mauled favourites to antique teddy bears. We also restore dolls in various states of ill health ranging from cracked porcelain to broken eyes. Come visit the studio and see us at work!
What Happens at the Teddy Hospital?
You can either bring your toy in or send him/ her special delivery in the post. When your toy is admitted, they will be tucked into one of our little beds and looked after by our nurse Millie. We will chat through some different repair options with you and fill out a form. We will give them a careful operation (under anaesthetic of course) and let you know when they are ready (anything between a few hours and a few weeks from their admittance). When teddy is ready to go home from the toy hospital, we will tie a fresh ribbon around their neck fill out a sick note stating what they need to do make a full recovery!
Originally a dress and textile historian, Emma is now a devoted teddy doctor who spends her days repairing modern and antique teddies and other soft toys.
Katy is a specialist in plastics and other hard materials and takes care of all the dolls. She is in the studio Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-6.
You can find the team at work in the repair shop at 64 Constitution Street, Monday-Saturday, 10-6. Bring your favourite toy along and come and say hello!