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Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more

Textiles And Reused Rags Are Rich Traditions

Textiles And Reused Rags Are Rich Traditions

Reusing and recycling can take on many forms, and it isn’t always a choice. Sometimes it is a necessity. Resourceful designs and techniques can be found cross culturally, and some have gone beyond mastering the process of creative frugality. Textiles and fabrics provide an example of how scrap materials can be formed into useful and needed items. Peru is known for its long history of world renowned textile production. Crafting blankets and protective clothing for their families by spinning organic fibers, they evolved the weaving process and references to their methods can be seen in many different designs. Known for their… read more

Naturally Enhancing Photography And Interiors

Naturally Enhancing Photography And Interiors

Adding to an interior space on a budget often requires planning, searching for items and lots of hands-on time spent trying to pull everything together. Accessory pieces like photographs and prints are an easy way to add elements of color, texture and richness to a space. Experimenting with photography and natural dyes can create a distinctive look using ecological and economical resources. Organic dying can create effective but often varied results. While a natural process can make a one of a kind item, do not take a chance on ruining treasured photographs. When using organic stains to add a tone to… read more

Earth Friendly Fabrics With Style And Comfort

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Wardrobes need everyday clothes that can move; not uptight, uncomfortable pieces that you can’t wait to get out of. Some fabrics are known for their stretch and breathability, as well as their capacity to maintain shape. Bamboo fabric is one choice that is soft and airy, yet still form fitting. Crafted from the woven fibers of bamboo, it is a great choice for clothing due to its versatility. However, some can be chemically processed. A better alternative is mechanically processed bamboo which is made without using harsh chemicals or pesticides. Another ideal fabric for relaxed wear is certified organic cotton…. read more

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

  Long before mass marketing and manufacturing surfaced, people used what they had on hand. Resourcefulness wasn’t a lifestyle choice, but a necessity. Natural dying processes are one example of an organic route to a chemical method. Earth based tints and hues have been employed to add pigment to textiles, wearable fabrics and furniture long before you could pick up a can of color at the store. There are many free helpful resources regarding homemade dyes. Pioneer Thinking has an inclusive guide for naturally derived plant dyes. Plant information and color combinations for attaining specific naturally processed hues are provided,… read more