About Us


From our stash to yours

Hi there!

My name is Claire and I am a fabric-a-holic.

My sister Lucy and I are the founders of Frade - The Fibre Trade.

Lucy and I have been making and creating our whole lives.  I've been an avid sewist from a very young age and can fondly remember spending hours admiring my Grandma's two HUGE suitcases of fabric every time I visited her.  While Lucy preferred to rummage in Mum's knitting basket looking for spare balls of yarn to crochet.

We both took a creative hiatus in our twenties while we 'integrated into adulthood' (aka University, jobs and other adulting) and upon our return to our creative passions we were delighted to find a massive online Maker community + Indie Patterns and Designers + PDF patterns + online fabric and yarn boutiques = Oh My Goodness!  We had found our tribe: our hearts were full.

The more we immersed ourselves in this incredible community the more we noticed common threads:  I make because I LOVE it, because it saves me money and because I don't want to support the fast fashion industry.  Yet, I MUST have the latest patterns and want ALL the fabrics and yarns.  SOUND familiar?

Lucy and I even started our own online fabric store to bring MORE fabric into our lives!

I STARTED FEELING A HUGE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE REASONS I MAKE MY OWN CLOTHES AND THE WAY I BOUGHT PATTERNS AND NEW FABRICS AND YARNS.

One of the hottest topics in our community has to be the internal stash debate.  I have yet to meet a maker who has a stash proportional to the amount they can make in one year.  In fact, most of us (myself included) having MANY years of making from our current stash.  AND it's pretty much a given that we (I) will go and buy more.

SO we thought 'why not create a stash swapping website?!'  A GLOBAL 'super' stash for everyone.  In doing so we can help REDUCE the consumption of new fabrics and yarns, help PROTECT our environment, SAVE money, HELP those in need and hopefully find some VINTAGE treasures (think: Grandma's stash!).

And so Frade was born.

Thanks for being our Tribe

Claire and Lucy xx

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REDUCING WASTE

Using the power of community we hope to reduce the consumption of new fabrics and yarns and subsequently stage a peaceful yet powerful protest against the environmental and humanitarian failures of the textile industry.

'Every time you spend your money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want'

Anna Lappe

GIVING BACK

Project Frade - No Fibre left behind is a member driven initiative that connects your unwanted stashed fibres with the charities in your community that can use them for good.

We are also committed to raising funds for:

  • Labour Behind the Label - a non profit organisation which campaigns for garment workers' rights worldwide.
  • Ekos - A charitable trust, whose purpose is to help build a low carbon economy by making carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality more affordable and accessible.

DELIVERING YOU AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE

You are an AMAZING human being.

Frade is so much more than an online marketplace for makers:  Frade is a COMMUNITY of conscious makers.  We have DIGESTIBLE amounts of inspiring and practical content that is specific to you and your interests planned for each month (be sure to tell us your preferences when you sign up).

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Claire

Founder & Business Brain

Claire

Hi! I am passionate about creating conscious, sustainable businesses. I'm also a massive natural health enthusiast, a wife and mama (2 children, 2 pugs and 1 cat). Sewing is definitely my superpower but increasingly I am enjoying the meditative therapy of knitting at the end of a long day.

Lucy

Founder and Creative Genius

Lucy

Hello Lovely! I'm the passionate bargain hunter of the family. I'm also a creative person at heart, a wife and a mama to two beautiful children. If I'm not dreaming, I'm sewing, crocheting, teaching, or having a good old chat with someone.

Jessica

Website Guru

Jessica

Hi there! I'm the behind the scenes website guru for The Frade (you may also recognise me from my sewing blog & YouTube channel Jessica Lorraine) I am a Virtual Assistant at Lorraine Virtual where I help small businesses (especially creatives) with their Administration, Social Media, Email Marketing and of course Websites!

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We would also like to say a HUGE thank you to our gorgeous artist Katherine for her artwork and amazing sustainable business coach Jinty for her support and advice.  We love you guys!

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