Crafter brings eco trends to Doncaster
Silk painted scarves and crochet bookmarks are just some of the environmentally friendly pieces that Doncaster craft enthusiast Tracey makes and sells on her Etsy shop.
Tracey Moore, aged 56, from Cusworth, owns the business Yorkshire Dragonfly - and primarily sells painted scarves, bowties, and knitted items.
She sources almost all of her materials from within Yorkshire as she is passionate about the environment and supporting her home county.
She said: “I love to create bespoke pieces - I often make it up as I go.
“Two pieces can never be the same.”
The process of silk painting combines paint and ice to create intricate patterns on the silk - variations can be made with different types of salt.
Tracey’s love for crafts started back in the 1980’s when she took A-level art.
But she took detours through several different careers before her friends and family convinced her to take up her passion full time.
“I worked in DRI (Doncaster Royal Infirmary) and at the council before I did this,” she continued.
“But I finally listened to my husband who said that I should be doing this.
“I’d love it when friends asked for scarves at Christmas and thought I want to be doing more of this.”
Tracey set up Yorkshire Dragonfly in April 2016 and has since set up an Etsy shop and tours local markets.
She said: “I try to source as much as I can from Yorkshire.
“I don’t ever want to move I love this county - I source from small independent places in the community.
“I don’t just do this for my business - in my personal life I buy food that’s local and my clothes.”
As well as the traditional knitted items expected from crafters such as hats and scarves, Tracey also makes eco-friendly face pads for removing makeup.
She also makes ties, pocket squares, baby blankets, face cloths, and flannels.
But she is open to ideas as she is independent and she will consider unique suggestions.
See her online shop here.