Beans means furniture for St Neots school worker

Recycled furniture maker Frances Corlett, at her home in Graveley. Recycled furniture maker Frances Corlett, at her home in Graveley.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
1:42 PM

Forget the throwaway society, the make-do-and-mend attitude is alive and kicking.

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Graveley mum-of-two Frances Corlett, 46, has turned a childhood hobby into a business – making everything from chairs decorated with baked bean labels to cabinets adorned with comic strips.

While she may spend all day dealing with numbers in her job as a finance manager at Priory Park Infant School, at home, creativity is the order of the day.

She said: “I have always made things since I was a young child. My mother was very creative and we were always making things using whatever was left around. I carried this on once I had my own children, but since they got older I started making things that had more of a purpose.

“I got fed up of falling asleep on the sofa once I’d got tea on the table, kids bathed and in bed, so I started knitting. I started knitting scarves and was trying all sorts of fancy yarns. They proved popular and I started selling them. I then started experimenting with other materials and that was what led me on to this.”

INFORMATION: Visit www.jessamy-designs.co.uk.

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