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Teresa Mascia: The Beauty of Linen

“Seeing a field in bloom and its delicate colour would make you fall in love with linen”.     Knowing Teresa is knowing the kind of artisan inspired by beloved past memories, folk and traditions. Teresa was born in 1945 in Cagliari (Sardinia), more specifically in San Basilio where she currently owns a small plot of land. Linen has been a relevant economic source for the area, as well as a precious occupation for the women of the commune, who regularly produce trousseaux, [...]

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When nature and art come together

Art, in all its various forms is my life’s passion. I trained as a goldsmith, have also taken some painting courses throughout the years I have always been fascinated by nature. Ever since I was a little girl, I have never been able to stop myself from collecting her wonderful gifts whenever I walked along a beach, through a forest or along the banks of a river; shells, stones, pine cones, branches of leaves… and I still do it to [...]

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Natural dyes: experimenting with cochineal and vine leaves

My name is Nathalie Leturcq and I was born in Belgium in 1965 and living in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain since 1995. I came here first time on holidays, 30 years ago and could not believe that those smalls seven islands were paradise on earth! Since my life as mother gave me some free time, I used it to learn the traditional crafts of Canarian culture: Calado (local embroidery), weaving on traditional looms, etc. I also work on my own projects, mainly [...]

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Magazine Collage Step By Step

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 75% glue). A Jar of Water: I regularly rinse my brush to avoid the brush getting too tacky. Paintbrush: I use a medium flat brush and a small thin brush. Reclaimed [...]

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From an Antique Roll of Hemp Fabric: a Country Style Centre Piece for a Table

Whenever you go to an antiques fair you always return with something which fuels your imagination. A trip to ‘C’era una Volta’ (Once Upon a Time) Antiques Fair – the fair that runs from September to April in the big Cesena exhibition centre – is an unforgettable experience. Once we returned with an enormous roll of antique hemp fabric. It’s triple the size of normal fabric rolls (one roll = almost 9 metres of material = a sheet for the [...]

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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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