Meet the Mafia – Frayed At The Edges

This week we’re chatting to new member Julie of Frayed At The Edges.

Why did you start in business/crafting?
I’ve always enjoyed making things which came in handy when I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in the shops. As for the business well, I kept getting asked to make things for friends and found that a small fee helped helped cover my costs. Since then it’s grown slowly but steadily.

How did you come up with your crafty name?
Ha-ha. I was going through a pretty fraught time when I had a eureka moment and decided to start the business. The name came during a phone conversation with a friend and seemed to fit in more ways than one.

Is your glass half full or half empty?
Definitely half full. I am known for my smiling and keep seeing opportunities in the strangest of places.

What is your favourite thing that costs nothing?
Right now hugs from my nephew – baby hugs are the best.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Everywhere! Is that boring or predictable? Sometimes I’ll buy material and just look at/feel it for weeks before deciding what to do with it.

Top 5 desert-island essentials?

1. spf face cream
2. solar digital radio
3. my full craft box (is that cheating? heehee)
4. an endless supply of tea in the chest that was washed up with me
5. Johnny Depp

What is the ugliest most pitiful thing you’ve ever made?
Oh dear too many things. My family won’t let me forget the concrete pizza I made at Home Ekkies in 1st year of school but more recently it has to be a horse brooch which had the most crooked legs ever and an eye that made it look demented!

What have you made that you’re most proud of?
I really enjoyed turning a friend’s t-shirt into a bag for her. I knew she wanted a long over-the-shoulder bag and was allowed to do whatever I wanted with it (see pic). It was fun and looks fantastic.

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What’s so great about Glasgow?
Where to start? There is a vibrancy about the city and there’s always somewhere to go or something to do. I love the fact the museums are free (good on rainy days) and that I can sit in the park sewing and no-one bats an eyelid.

Favourite biscuit?
Careful now! The previous PM got caught out with this one ;-) I do have a sweet tooth so would probably go for a freshly backed choc chip cookie

What crafts do you still want to learn?
I recently went on a book binding taster session and that was fun. Would love to learn more about it and make some cute notepads.

What is your idea of a perfect day?
I don’t work on Monday’s so I kinda have my perfect day. I would do some sewing in the morning then meet family or friends for lunch. In the afternoon I’d go to the cinema as it feels like I’m being naughty going when everyone else is working and in the evening I’d meet friends for a drink or see a band.

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What do you do in your day-to-day life, other than being a mafioso?
I work at Scottish Refugee Council as a housing advisor. That can get pretty stressful but I love advocating for people. My other job is as a steward with Glasgow Concert Halls which is de-stressing as I get to listen to whoever is playing. I mean I got paid to work for David Byrne last year!!! I’m also trying to get fitter and have entered the Great Scottish Run in September so can be seen trying to run in the evenings. That is definitely a work in progress.

What is your favourite crafting tool?
Definitely needle & thread. I find you can make the most boring item a bit more funky with it, create unique items and, as I’m often found doing, sewing on my commute to work.

What are your plans for the future?
My business is just starting to take off so I’m concentrating on honing my craft. As one of the newest members of the Mafia I’m looking forward to my first craft fair with the other Mafioso’s. I also have my eye on a tailor’s dummy so watch this space…

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