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… Read More Erica Vaccari: An entrepreneur within the world of plants
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
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… Read More Magazine Collage Step By Step
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… Read More Learning to Weave: First Steps
I’ve been eco printing on fabric and paper for a couple of years now. The process is exciting on both, it’s fabulous to upcycle old white cotton shirts and t-shirts with eco print and natural dye. The print on paper is usually finer and more detailed, and I’ve made cards with prints on paper, and… Read More Tutorial: Eco Printing on Paper By Lizzie Godden Textile Artist
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!
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
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… Read More Tutorial: Make Your Patchwork Blanket with Recycled Old Knits Guest Article by Sofia Verna