Julie Tatchell Biography – Julie Tatchell Wiki
Julie Tatchell is a vintage bear and soft toy restorer and expert on the BBC’s ‘The Repair Shop’. She is the owner of Bear It In Mind, a teddy bear and soft toy restoration and repair business, alongside her business partner and friend Amanda Middleditch. Alongside their regular appearances on TV and radio, they also have their own podcast called ‘Bearly Begun’.
Julie and Amanda work to encourage the preservation of ageing soft toys and to encourage and enable others to develop the skills for themselves. Passionate about the history of the Teddy Bear and soft toy manufacturing industry in Britain, they support the need to address the deterioration of these relatively new antiques so that they may be available in the future for others to see. Teddy bears and soft toys are essentially textiles and therefore require expert maintenance as they age.
Julie Tatchell Bear It In Mind
The Repair Shop’s Julie Tatchell and Amanda Middleditch are collectively known as ‘The Teddy Bear Ladies’. They are the owners of Bear It In Mind, a teddy bear and soft toy restoration and repair business.
Julie and Amanda began working together in 2006 when they discovered a shared passion for promoting and encouraging art and creativity primarily through sewing. They joined forces to combine teddy bear and soft toy design and construction with helping to enthuse children (and their parents) through workshops and creative birthday parties. “It became quite apparent to us that at least a generation had lost the ability to use a needle and thread.”
The business developed into restoration and repair as it became clear this was what people really wanted. Bear It In Mind then began to focus entirely on this side of their work.
With unique flair and passion, the ladies created an extremely successful and highly regarded business with a strong emphasis on customer service. They used new and interesting ways of promoting themselves with ideas such as ‘pop-up clinics’ which found the ladies travelling around the country giving people the chance to meet them before handing over such precious items as their childhood teddy bears.
Julie and Amanda have always been happy to work on any soft toy or teddy bear regardless of age or condition with an attitude of care and regard for their customer’s requirements. “There is always something we can do”, became their familiar mantra.
As demand for their services increased, Julie and Amanda committed to taking on an apprentice and other part-time staff members who they have trained and encouraged and who have become an important part of the team.
The Teddy Bear Ladies are now able to share their passion, knowledge and skills with a much wider audience through their role as regular experts on the BBC’s ‘The Repair Shop’. They hope that, by watching them work, people all over the country might be inspired to pick up a needle and thread and have a go. “There may even be a new generation of repairers developing as we speak, together with growing interest in the history and stories behind the once flourishing manufacture of soft toys in Britain.”
Alongside their regular appearances on TV and radio, they also have their own podcast called ‘Bearly Begun’ and an active social media following on both Twitter and Instagram. It is their hope that further opportunities to share their unique take on this creative and fulfilling subject will arise.
After years of building and developing their business, Bear It In Mind will no longer be taking on new restoration projects. “This has not been an easy decision. It is clear, as we spend more time as ambassadors promoting this craft, we are unable to work on as many patients as we have done in the past.”
Julie Tatchell The Repair Shop
Southampton-based vintage bear and soft toy restorer Julie Tatchell is a regular expert on the BBC’s ‘The Repair Shop’.
Julie Tatchell Age
The Repair Shop expert Julie Tatchell was born in 1976. She is 47 years old as of 2023.
Julie Tatchell Husband
Is Julie Tatchell married? Her husband is unknown.
Julie Tatchell Height
How tall is Julie Tatchell? She stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65m).
Julie Tatchell’s net worth is estimated to be $500 thousand.
Julie Tatchell’s Instagram is @theteddybearladies.