It’s always gutting when this happens… but you could make it into coasters!
I had some horrible card Ikea party coasters, and simply covered these with two layers of jumper or fleece, and used embroidery thread to blanket stitch round the edges.
The good people of Slunglow have got in touch regarding their amazing Christmas Fayre, this year taking place on the 7th December at Holbeck Underground Ballroom. Expect amazing veggi curry, hog roast, mulled wines, carols, story telling and an exciting selection of stalls. Their Christmas Fayre is my favourite of all the fairs I’ve been to in Leeds – it’s always slightly bonkers! I’m hoping to have a stall selling the rest of my stock of sausage dogs and cats.
Hope to see you there!
About three or four years ago I made the decision to avoid buying band new or none-organic clothes and fabric for my textile items where I could possibly help it. I try to get all my clothes from clothes swaps, charity shops, vintage stores, and ebay. I buy my fabric from the same and scrap stores/the offcuts section in haberdashery shops, and have taken up an evening course in pattern drafting so that eventually I may be able to turn waste fabrics into clothes, thus saving them from landfill. The most challenging items to source are suitable waterproof footwear and sports wear (for example I unfortunately bought a new swimming costume last week as it is as of yet pretty difficult to find an organic costume for less than about £70, which sadly I can’t afford at the moment) and items like bras/underwear, but I hope that I will be able (and be able to afford!) to either make these items myself or invest in products from companies that have examined their environmental footprint and are making efforts to reduce it.
The reasons for this decision become pretty clear when you take a look at some of the statistics associated with fabric waste and pollution during garment production/after care which are illustrated in this piece from http://urbantimes.co – (visit the site to grab the code and share further!)
I note that the cost to the environment through shipping fabrics across the world, and the social injustice associated with unethical/unsafe factories haven’t been touched on within this list, so there are plenty of other reasons to consider buying second hand.
I would welcome any further ideas from readers of ways they have been able to save fabric or avoid buying new, and would love to hear of any more sustainable designers that you would recommend, especially those that specialise in shoes and sportswear!
Available from www.nicolarbell.co.uk
These dogs are made entirely from up-cycled materials!
For the last couple of weeks I have been learning the basics/experimenting with ‘Inkscape’ – an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. I used to use Illustrator while I was at university, and enjoyed the ‘trace’ function which allowed me to turn my illustrations into vector images, and luckily Inkscape has a similar function.
While I was messing around with the ‘stars and polygons’ tool, I ended up accidentally making shapes like this:
This has kind of got me wondering how I could use images I’ve designed with Inkscape and apply them to embroidery or pattern design… hmmm…
The reason I wanted to get to know my way around Inkscape is that I had recently been asked to design a logo for a permaculture group. This is what I have experimented with so far:
I’ve adjusted the spacing between some of the paths by using the path and ‘node’ functions. I think it looks pretty nice in green:
I’ll have to wait and see what the verdict is!
Update: They liked it 🙂