A DANCER in South Tyneside is stepping into a business career after sewing together the threads of a new craft company.
Helen Frazer, who trained as a dancer, is making and selling fabric-based creations at fairs throughout the area.
Ms Frazer, 23, of Jarrow, recently launched Gladrags, operating as Cosy Craft Fairs, after developing an interest in making new creations from discarded fabric.
A few months later, Gladrags is regularly featured at craft fairs around Tyneside.
She said: “Basically, I produce fabric-based items through upcycling, which means I recycle things like old jumpers and make them into purses, scarves or notebook covers.
“It’s all about making something new and attractive from old clothing.
“I sell my products at places like Tynemouth Market and my aim is to get Gladrags better known and sell my products at fairs throughout the area.”
But after taking a foundation degree in dance at Newcastle College, Ms Frazer still has a great interest in the performing arts, combining this with shop work.
“I was originally going to concentrate on being a dancer, but I started to get involved in making items from fabrics and selling them at local fairs.
“But I also aim to continue my involvement in dancing, singing and the performing arts.”
Only a lack of a driving licence is preventing the young Jarrow entrepreneur from taking her craft creations further afield.
Gladrags will be featured at a craft fair at Heworth Golf Club, Gateshead, next Thursday between 6pm and 9pm.