Julie Tatchell opened the shop and craft studio in 2006. With her lifelong passion for traditional crafts and her concerns about them dying out, Julie wanted to be in a position to share methods and techniques in one such field with the viewing public.
Amanda joined the team later that year and after many years of professionally designing and making her own teddy bears, the two of them were able to combine their wealth of experience and Bartie Ventures was born.
Julie is married with four children and a grandson and a granddaughter and Amanda is married with a son and a grandson. Julie and Amanda have both lived in and around the Southampton and New Forest area for most of their lives.