Prior to the Industrial Revolution all clothes were coloured using only plant dyes; but in the last 150 years all this dye-craft heritage has been lost in favour of synthetic and polluting textile production methods. Worried about this situation and committed to a renaissance of pre-industrial processes is how The Wild Dyery was born, an… Read More The Wild Dyery: Eco-conscious and mystical natural dyes
Some people sell their products, and some other teach you how to make them. This last is the case of Simple Shoemaking, an organisation offering books with patterns and directions for making the most ecological and simple shoes possible. There is definitely an alternative to buying factory-made footwear, and making your own from ecological materials… Read More Simple Shoemaking: Learning how to create your own eco friendly shoes
The account of a day of experimentation. There are a number of reasons why Michela decides to pay me a visit in the Abruzzo: a yearning for the mountains (Campo Imperatore, a mountain grassland, is a stone’s throw away), a desire to get away from her workshop in Rimini for a few days before she… Read More Experimenting with natural dyes: an old pan, water, lots of onions and an expert teacher
Recently we had the pleasure to meet Astrid, the director of a non-profit initiative called Little Hands Design CIC. Little Hands Design CIC runs activities, such as after school sewing clubs and holiday classes to children who are 6 years old and above from a lovely studio in north London. In our ‘fast fashion’ society, the fact that children are… Read More Learning practical skills with Little Hands Design CIC
I remember the tragicomic moment when a woollen hood ended up in the tumble dryer . Why use a tumble dryer, I hear you ask? And with good reason. But let me tell you that in a house (make that a small house) in the London suburbs, getting something dry is a futile project! And so… Read More A superhero’s jumper!
We are planning some big changes to the blog in the next few months. We have already started to create a directory of all the artists/artisans who feature in our magazine. Another change will be that we will create a zero-waste shop directory on this blog. The “zero-waste movement” is an exciting network of organisations,… Read More What Have Crafts to Do With Zero-Waste? Introducing Our New Directory (Online Soon)
The road which leads us to Maria’s house is an endless undulation of hills. As the crow flies, it is very close to the starting point of our journey, Rimini. However, once we have left the plains, the road becomes uneven, continuously rolling hills blend into each another until we reach Ardiano (Roncofreddo, Forli-Cesena), where… Read More From Fleece to Yarn …
I belong to a few zero-waste lifestyle and eco-craft groups online and one of the topics that have been popping up a lot lately is ‘how to have a sustainable holiday period?’ There have been lots of really interesting suggestions, which I have collected and hope to run in a series of short articles leading… Read More My Mission to Replace Cheap, Plastic and Battery-operated Gifts for Children
Guest article by artist Rosalind Pounder A quick visual guide to making a small nest/basket. This took approximately 1 1/2 hours to make using paper string and raffia and is 3.5cm. What you need is 2metres of paper string or jute, raffia, a large needle and scissors; Turn the end of the paper string or jute… Read More Tutorial: How to Make a Nest or a Basket
I never learnt to sew as a child because I wore glasses and my mother thought that school was quite enough “close work” for me! Besides, I probably preferred mud pies, climbing trees and later reading in my spare time, if the truth were known…. Half a century later when my elderly mother passed away,… Read More Ever ruined your favourite woollen jumper in the washing machine? A new passion may be hiding behind this accident!