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Tutorial: Make Your Patchwork Blanket with Recycled Old Knits Guest Article by Sofia Verna

Knits are wonderful to work with, easy and forgiving, perfect to recycle. When sewing use the largest stitch on your machine, and you do not need to finish the inside seams. Selects about 4 or 5 knit wool sweaters or pullovers that you want to recycle, the bigger the better;  Choose colours that harmonize, and use knits similar in thickness;  Cut up the sweaters, and put the pieces in piles; Take a larger piece and pin a smaller one on to overlap on top, [...]

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Bimbur books: Eco-friendly book arts

Becca Imbur is a bibliophile, book artist, seamstress, eco-printer, creative business coach, social media manager and mama. She spent over 10 years as a full time camp administrator for various non-profits located throughout the southeast of the United States. Most of these locations were remote and secluded, which left her misfits with a lot of time on her hands. It was there that Becca’s love for art and crafting really started to show itself to her: many nights were [...]

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Erica Vaccari: An entrepreneur within the world of plants

Erica Vaccari is the creator of Travel Floral, a boutique travel agency specializing in the creation of trips for small groups interested in discovering gardens  and natural areas of great beauty. The trips mainly take place in England, though every year Erica proposes a new European destination. Her interest in the combination of tourism and gardens is complemented by another passion: flowers. Besides running Travel Floral, Erica also initiated Women of Flowers, which offers workshops on sustainable floral arrangements. These [...]

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Magazine Collage Step By Step

Guest Article by Kirstie Adamson What You’ll Need: Magazines (I find rural and style magazines the best to work with. Catalogues are good for small projects especially if you want to introduce pattern in to your piece). Glue (I always use non-toxic adhesives, clear drying children’s craft glues work well. I water this down, approx 25% water to 75% glue). A Jar of Water: I regularly rinse my brush to avoid the brush getting too tacky. Paintbrush: I use a medium flat brush and a small thin brush. Reclaimed [...]

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Learning to Weave: First Steps

With this captioned photo story, and the following glossary, No Serial Number gets a glimpse into the world of weaving. Once upon a time, weaving was an essential activity. There was easy access to the raw materials (yarn) and having a loom in the house was a necessary part of life. Weaving was an activity reserved for women, who used it to produce all the textiles that their families needed. There were certainly those who still wove at home up until the [...]

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Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Memory Basket from Old Clothes
 Guest Post by Nancy Shafee

Nancy Shafee never can throw anything away! She has been collecting fabrics since she was about twelve years old and now makes ‘memory baskets’ for people from their own hoarded fabrics, no-longer-worn clothing or saved children’s dresses, so they have a useful item that still holds all the memories and saves their favourite fabrics at the same time! You can do this yourself too – here she gives you the instructions for an oval basket, as this is easier to [...]

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