Today's Blog Feature is on Frayed Fuzzies a Fellow EtsyKids Member. She makes Beautiful Quilts for your little ones!!
1)How did you first hear about Etsy?:
One of my friends would post items she'd made on Facebook, asking if anyone wanted first dibbs before she listed it on Etsy. Curious to what Etsy was, I had to go check it out.
2)Tell us about a little about yourself and your favorite craft/art!:
My name is Mary and I'm a third generation quilter. While I make quilts quite different from those my mother and grandmother make, it's still a quilting tradition nonetheless. No one is quite sure of the exact origin of rag quilts (my specialty), but most quilt historians do believe that they got their name from the Pioneers. Quilts would be made from clothing that was no longer wearable, or that had been outgrown...literally quilts made of rags! I try to incorporate this tradition of recycling clothing and fabrics as much as possible. My favorite way to do that is with T-shirt quilts--I love making these fun custom orders to give new life to old T-shirt collections and fond memories! My Etsy shop started as a way to fill some time between my theatre gigs--I am also an Actor's Equity Stage Manager and costume designer.
3)How did you get started as a designer?
I've always had an eye for color and pattern. I've been dabbling in art ever since I could hold a Jumbo crayon. I think my eye for design really developed in college during my theatrical design classes.
4)What inspires you to create?:
Life. Nature. What lies within the imagination. I love seeing the smiles that my creations bring to the faces of kids, parents, and grandparents.
5)How do you get the word out about your shop and Etsy?:
I have a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/frayedfuzzies), as well as an electronic newsletter (sign up on my FB page or at http://eepurl.com/cwDLD). I also post on CraftJuice a few times a month. Recently, I have also started leaving business cards on community bulletin boards at my local craft/hobby stores, as well as coffee shops and bookstores.
6)Any advice you would give to aspiring designers?:
Never be afraid to experiment and try something new! Whether it is a new technique, or a new product, you will never know the result unless you try! Who knows, it may be the next big thing for your business :)
Check out her shop: