Author - Francesca Palange

The Art of Mending

Showcasing craft, as we do here at NSN Magazine, is often a unique and varied job. We get articles, expertise, samples, and books shared with us. A bumper crop becomes a chance to discover, spark new ideas, and experiment. When a book arrives with an original title containing an archaic term – like ‘mending’ – we immediately want to leaf through it, take in its contents, and examine the photos. Mending Mattersby Katrina Rodabaugh is one of those books.  The visual layout is [...]

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Practical Experiments in Textile Architecture. Anni Albers at the Tate Modern

Make sure you don’t miss the Anni Albers exhibition, which is on display in the Tate Modern’s spacious exhibition halls. Here at NSN Magazine, when we showcase activities like weaving, we enjoy sharing the unique and personal interpretations, how the creations are designed to be used, and the choice of yarns. Indeed, weaving is one of the oldest craft activities, often relegated to the female domain.  For decades, this skilled practice was confined to passionate female weavers who defied modernity and [...]

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How to Declutter the Eco-Friendly Way

Recycle vs. Throwing Away There are multiple ways to recycle the household items you no longer use rather than just dumping them in the trash. To keep electronics from ending up in the dump, you have a few options. First, you can recycle them. Many nonprofits and communities offer opportunities to recycle electronics, or you can visit www.call2recycle.org to find a drop-off location near you. You can also donate your electronic or gadget to a local nonprofit or charity, or you [...]

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Stitches, Feathers and Natural Colours on Textile as a Metaphor of a Personal Journey Part Two

Guest Article by Roxanne Lasky Go to Previous Page I jotted down every thought that came across my mind. And before long, I was telling a story of migration. Migration of the dyes moving gracefully through the fabric, crossing grid lines and arriving in other spaces. I realized that this echoed the story of my recent migration from Connecticut to South Carolina and I immediately felt connected to the cloth in a whole new way. Each stitch was a step and [...]

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Stitches, Feathers and Natural Colours on Textile as a Metaphor of a Personal Journey Part Three

Guest Article by Roxanne Lasky Go to Previous Page My stitch work has run the gamut of techniques, from the machine variety of free-motion quilting and embroidery to traditional hand embroidered stitches like those that embellish crazy quilts and back pockets of blue jeans. Chain and feather stitches and the simple Kantha of running threads in straight lines of hand quilting or varying their arrangement into shapes and rows of texture. With the final seven feathers, I would need a lighter touch, [...]

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Stitches, Feathers and Natural Colours on Textile as a Metaphor of a Personal Journey

Guest Article by Roxanne Lasky My name is Roxanne Lasky and I am pleased to contribute to the No Serial Number Blog with my take on hand stitching. While I have been a textile artist for quite some time, I started my art journey as a watercolour and oil painter. All of my work is infused with a love of history, nature and personal experience and how they influence the meanings that emerge. I experiment with materials and love dyeing [...]

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Eliana’s Tree: The Bed and Breakfast With a Sustainable Twist!

Hidden among the narrow twisting lanes of the southern Italian ‘cave town’ of Matera, where cats sun themselves on stone walls cut into the rock and mysterious flower-shaped symbols are imbedded in the walls of the Sassi (the old town, literally ‘stones’), lies a very special bed and breakfast. Unlike many hotels and guesthouses, which make a great fanfare about their sustainability policies, such as not changing towels every day or encouraging guests to save water – just common [...]

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Zestria on Etsy: Upcycled Designs

I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, who looks for fabrics and runs the virtual business, 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 tablecloths or wall cloths enriched with so many ancient symbols like the tree of life, spirals, sun, moon, zigzags… She had no pattern, she knew all by [...]

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Project: From an Old Pair of Jeans…

Old fashion magazines and old, unusable pairs of jeans were what inspired this project. I also added some small scraps of fabric which were bought in a sale at Liberty in London. They were one of those irresistible purchases that you make, even when you’re not sure what you’d use them for. They are too small to use for a garment, but perfect for a project! There are so many interesting ideas to be found in old magazines. I can use almost all the [...]

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Experimenting With Natural Dyes in Fashion Textile

Throughout our lives, fabric, cloth, textiles and fashion dominate. We use clothes to cover ourselves, to express our personality and identity, along with it being a vital part of our comfort and sense of belonging. This is why it is important we understand fabrics, what they are made of, what they are dyed with, and how our bodies react to these elements. With the increasing use of polyester and man made fibres on the high street it is now [...]

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