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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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Discover the ‘Unpaper Towels’

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 of them. My husband suggested I start sewing reusable cloths, which we would keep stacked on our knife block to use for such spills. [...]

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10 Websites Where You Can Buy Ethically, Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fashion

I have put together a list of online shops where you can buy hand-made, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion. On these website you can find some valuable, high quality products, most of which are fully traceable up to its raw materials. By buying from these websites you will definitely appreciate the effort that goes behind making each individual product and in addition get to know the people who make them. Have you got your own list? Do you own or know of any ethical, social and [...]

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Eco-friendly Olive Oil Peace Lamps

I’ve been making the Olive Oil Peace Lamps for about 25 years now. I currently wholesale them to the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek, Arizona, as well as selling them online and at some of the local art fairs. Originally I bought one in a gift shop because I thought it was a cool idea. A few weeks later I went back to the same gift shop to buy some more to give to friends, and they didn’t [...]

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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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Artists, Nature & the Wonder Begins … (Part Two)

In this part we continue to discover the beauty of eco printing and natural dyes on more textiles but also on felt and on paper To start from the beginning of our journey read Artists, Textiles and Nature the Wonder Begins … (Part One) 1 – Nicola Brown – Clasheen Natural and timeless, I print interior accessories and art to wear using leaves and hedgerow vegetation from the surrounding Irish countryside. Most of the vegetation is from my own fields and garden and where possible luxurious fabrics are sourced [...]

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Artists, Textiles & Nature the Wonder Begins … (Part One)

I thought it would be a good idea to put together a few eco print works to really showcase the variety of techniques that fall under this type of textile art. This variety occurs for different reasons. Each individual artist, for example, is always experimenting and constantly creates new recipes. Eco print artists use different combinations of natural materials to print on a variety of different textiles, for example, cotton, hemp, wool and silk. Many artists also combine eco printing with [...]

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Adventures in Scotland with India Flint by Justine Aldersey-Williams, The Wild Dyery

India Flint is a world renowned textile artist from Australia, famous for her (re)discovery of the eucalyptus leaf eco-printing technique. She travels the world exhibiting and teaching about sustainable fabric dyeing options which venerate rather than exploit our Earth. The image above illustrates so many things that I love about her work. She kindly allowed me to photograph the amazing apron she was wearing during a workshop I attended at Big Cat Textiles in Newburgh, Scotland last August. Apart from the [...]

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