Our ‘Unpaper towels’ came about because we were always using paper towels to clean up everything. Spills on the counter and floor, food on faces, wetting and dusting book shelves etc. and we started really noticing how much waste we were going through when we would empty our recycling and garbage and it was full… Read More Discover the ‘Unpaper Towels’
Create your own bell cloche hat by following Rosa’s original instructions! You will need: – 90 grams of wool hand dyed with natural colours – 1 crochet hook no. 5 1st round work 5 double crochet in a magic ring; 2nd round work 2 double crochet in each double crochet of the previous lap, marking with… Read More Make Your Own Bell Cloche Hat
Lynne Downs upcycling designs I’ve been making these type of bags on and off for several years. I got the idea from a bag my daughter received from a craft show. Since I had a large stash of ties just sitting and waiting for the right project, I thought I’d try a bag or two… Read More Upcycling ties into bags
We are spending the afternoon in Rimini, in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, making the most of the fact that this is one of those cities where everything is within walking distance. Faithful to our editorial philosophy, which propels us to constantly seek out new sustainable enterprises, we happily leave behind the bright windows displaying their wares… Read More DIY Clothes and a New Way of Looking at Craft
An Introduction to Eco-printing by Artist Fatima Canelas Pais of Traditional Dye Works This article has generated a debate over the use of cling film in eco printing (clear plastic) on Instagram . You can join the debate on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter simply by commenting the article below. A friend of mine, who loves nature, liked the result of some of my eco-printing experiments on… Read More One Leaf at a Time: Leaves Print Their Signature on a Scarf!
As you all know we are big fans of natural colours and we couldn’t help but showcase some of the gorgeous products from this wonderful artist, Rebecca Desnos from London. Apart from all the beautiful things you can find on her Etsy shop she also shares her knowledge on an eBook – ‘Botanical Colour at your Fingertips’.… Read More How to extract dye from wild plants, garden herbs, kitchen waste, as well as fruit and vegetables & more!
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… Read More Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Memory Basket from Old Clothes Guest Post by Nancy Shafee
I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, that is looking for fabrics and runs the virtual business, that makes the coffee in the mornings and sweeps the floor in the evening. I remember the very day when my grandmother taught me to sew cross stitch. She made beautiful… Read More Upcycling Designs
The harvest of the tagua nut is a wonderful way to protect endangered rain forest lands giving people a sustainable, renewable, natural resource that provides both economic stability and an alternative to rain forest destruction, as well as the extinction of elephants. The tagua nut is also known as the “Vegetable Ivory” because of its similarity to elephant ivory. Wayne’s word,… Read More The Tagua Nuts and Their Important Role in Protecting the Rainforest
My name is Gabrielle and I am from Tucson, Arizona, USA. I am the sole owner of Desert Pearl Designs on Etsy and I specialise in upcycling men’s ties into unique fashion accessories. My upcycling of items comes from my love of nature and wildlife. Not only do I run this upcycling fashion business on… Read More Upcycling Vintage Silk Ties by Desert Pearl Designs