Bears keep baby mem­o­ries alive

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Your name: Jane Hext. Name of busi­ness: Titchy. What do you do? Based in Mac­cles­field, I spe­cialise in de­sign­ing and mak­ing unique hand-made gifts and keep­sake bears. I make grand­par­ent keep­sakes and fam­ily keep­sakes - de­signed us­ing cloth­ing from ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily – but my core busi­ness comes from mum­mies who can’t bear to part with their chil­dren’s out­grown baby clothes. We’re gen­er­ally a sen­ti­men­tal bunch and our chil­dren’s clothes hold so many mem­o­ries! There’s that first out­fit they wore home from the hos­pi­tal, their first school uni­form, first foot­ball kit. Peo­ple – just like me – love to keep th­ese spe­cial clothes, and it seems such a shame to box them up and store them away out of sight. By turn­ing peo­ple’s spe­cial cloth­ing into keep­sake bears, packed full of all their won­der­ful mem­o­ries, they can be en­joyed and cher­ished for many years to come. What do you think sets your ser­vice apart from the rest? There are a lot of hours that go into mak­ing a Titchy Keep­sake Bear, from the ini­tial de­sign, to all the em­broi­dery and hand-de­tail­ing that gives each bear its fin­ished and in­di­vid­ual look. I work closely with my clients to en­sure any spe­cial re­quests are in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign of their Titchy Keep­sake Bear, but one of the main things that re­ally make my bears stand out is the way I work with the cher­ished items of cloth­ing. Pock­ets, but­tons, straps, frills, all look fab­u­lous when in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign and pro­vide a nice re­minder of what the gor­geous fab­ric once was. How long have you been in the busi­ness? Al­most 12 months now and I can’t be­lieve how fast the time has gone! 30 bears later, an or­der book which is now full un­til 2015 and com­mis­sions from all over the UK, Sin­ga­pore, USA and China. It’s been an amaz­ing first year! What’s the best thing about Mac­cles­field? The peo­ple; I’ve only lived in Mac­cles­field for the past four years and in that time I’ve made some re­ally lovely friends. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field? Mac­cles­field For­est. We’re so lucky to have such beau­ti­ful coun­try­side on our doorstep. What’s the fun­ni­est or most unusual thing to have hap­pened while you’ve been in the busi­ness? The most unusual thing to hap­pen was prob­a­bly when I re­ceived an en­quiry from a lady in Amer­ica. Ini­tially I thought she’d made a mis­take and hadn’t re­alised I was in the UK – not Mac­cles­field, North Carolina. Bear and doll-mak­ing is very pop­u­lar in the States, with the art of turn­ing clothes into keep­sake bears orig­i­nat­ing over there. So I felt very spe­cial when she com­mis­sioned me to make her keep­sake bear. It was a nerve-rack­ing time wait­ing for her pre­cious cloth­ing to ar­rive safely and then again as her Titchy Keep­sake Bear trav­elled home. If you could have any­one visit your busi­ness/buy from you, who would it be and why? It would have to be the Beck­hams! I would love to make one of my Titchy Fam­ily Bears us­ing a se­lec­tion of their stun­ning out­fits. Do you have any events com­ing up? Me and some Titchy Keep­sake Bears will be at the Baby and Chil­dren’s Mar­ket on Sun­day Septem­ber, 14, at the Tyther­ing­ton Club from 10am to 12 noon.

Jane Hext: mo­bile 07850 221734, www. titchy.net, www. face­book.com/titchy.net.

●● Jane Hext’s busi­ness ‘Titchy’ spe­cialises in de­sign­ing and mak­ing unique hand-made gifts and keep­sake bears us­ing chil­dren’s out­grown baby clothes

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