STERLING — Julia Fogerty, 12, has been creating since she was a little girl: sewing, crafting, drawing, painting, making jewelry and more. Now she has her own company, Julia’s Creations, to showcase and sell her unique items.
Fogerty, a lifelong Sterling resident, has attended and participated in local craft fairs for years with her mother, Paula Fogerty, who taught her how to sew.
“Julia’s Creations was made from an idea I had in my head,” Julia said. “I would always go to craft fairs with my mom when I younger and make stuff with my sewing machine. Then I started making jewelry at home for me and my family; eventually the idea came for Julia’s Creations over the summer.”
Julia creates colorful handmade pieces of jewelry and hair scrunchies from a variety of fabric textures and patterns. Boston Bruins and New England Patriots scrunchies, velvet scrunchies in beautiful jewel tones, vibrantly colored stone necklaces and earrings, and whimsical toadstool earrings and necklaces in an array of colors are some of the items she offers.
“The people we have sold to have said they loved the jewelry and scrunchies I made them,” Julia said. “I try to keep the cost as low as possible, depending on how long it takes to make.”
One of Julia’s favorite creations is a blue stone necklace and earring set. She entered it in the Sterling Fair in September and won a first-place blue ribbon. She plans to keep the set, as it was some of the first jewelry she made.
“My hope is that I am able to make better products in the future and to grow the company,” Julia said.
Julia takes custom jewelry and scrunchie orders, and is always coming up with new designs. She said she is very grateful for the support of her parents, who are there to help her with her business when she needs it.
“My parents are my greatest supporters,” Julia says on her Etsy site. “My mom has taught me how to sew and indulges my every crafting whim.”
Julia is starting to get into making hammered copper items, and her father, “an amazing carpenter,” is teaching her how to work with wood. He taught her how to carve, and now she is learning how to wood burn.
Julia’s Creations will be at two local holiday craft fairs: the Lancaster Community Center Craft Fair, 39 Harvard Road, Lancaster, on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Glenwood Craft Fair at Glenwood Elementary School, 65 Glenwood Road, Rutland, on Saturday, Nov. 23. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I am extremely excited to be doing them, and I think it will be fun to be doing them again since it’s been a few years,” Julia said.
For more information and to order products, visit www.etsy.com/shop/JuliasCreations07, email email@example.com, and follow Julia’s Creations on Facebook and Instagram.