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These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

Many items that were once only handmade designs are now products of the manufacturing assembly lines. Textiles can be found in retail outlets, from the mass market to the artisanal crafter, but the latter seems to be making a cloth comeback. The art of creating unique and versatile textiles that can be used for a range of around the house items to wearable fashions is steadily becoming more popular, as many prefer more natural and quality handmade materials. Paper No. 9 based in Brooklyn, New York has handcrafted, artisan made textiles. Their all natural, nontoxic and synthetic free process turns… 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

Create Natural Impressions With Sun And Botanicals

Create Natural Impressions With Sun And Botanicals

There are many natural applications that can be used for dying fabrics and materials. There are also several ways to add prints and patterns to designs by using age-old, resourceful techniques. Naturally coloring fabrics and designing prints can be done right in your backyard. Read on for great how to’s and look below for the before and afters. The sun can have powerful effects on textiles, and that can be used in your favor if trying to add a decorative touch to fabrics. A simple, organic way to add prints to fabrics is to work with flowers, greenery and herbs… read more

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Lace and crotchet are interesting materials that can be made up of intricate designs and patterns. Though there is no exact idea of when lace and crochet making were first used or specifically where they originated, historical clues point to lacemaking surfacing sometime around 1500 A.D. There are many ways to reuse lace and crotchet textiles, and the following are some ideas for reinventing time treasured fabrics. Furniture applications are an unexpected way to display lace. Capable Father This process can also be done on dressers, shelves, benches or any other furniture piece by blocking off a small section or… read more

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

Far Out Fashions Offer Environmental Statements

  Eco focused Elena Gregusova has mixed fashion design with textile art, and the outcome has produced some interesting, and somewhat unusual, pieces. Her artwork signifies environmental issues and has a multicultural facet. Using recycled content she creatively forms clothing sculptures that are presented as statement pieces. Using mediums like newspapers, tossed out textiles and other discarded materials she turns them into one of a kind wearable displays. One take on an organically produced fabric structure is her Global Wearing gown. Made from 100% recycled products like old clothing and umbrellas it shows a glacial, imaginative design. Her Wear The… 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

Power-Generating Fabric

Power Generating Fabric

While traditionally used to protect humans from harsh climate conditions, clothes embedded with smart fibers can additionally alleviate stresses placed on the environment by humans. Fibers can be considered ‘smart’ if their reaction to the conditions they are subject to are powerful enough to harvest energy. Primary examples of smart fibers include photovoltaic and piezoelectric fibers. Photovoltaic fibers draw on solar energy, making them suitable in applications that receive plenty of exposure to sunlight. Piezoelectric fibers are stimulated by mechanical strain and vibration, the reaction to which is strong enough to generate energy. As piezoelectric materials portray the piezoelectric effect,… read more

Upcycled Upholstery and Fabric Remnant Projects

Upcycled Upholstery and Fabric Remnant Projects

Items like leftover upholstery, textile samples and fabric fragments can be put to use for more than just patchwork quilts and mismatched designs. The following are a few activities for repurposing, but take warning: if you are one that has a passion for fabrics, you may need a designated drawer to begin saving swatches and fabric leftovers. The Upholstery Shop renovates furniture and upholsters the finished pieces with restored textiles. Their chairs and sofas make reusing more than practical but stylish, too. Craft Stew has 20 projects with instructional links for using up fabric scraps. Many plans are also suited for younger… read more

Do It Yourself Upcycled Skirts

Do It Yourself Upcycled Skirts

If you love comfortable, tailor made skirts but don’t enjoy their non-adjustable price tag, try designing your own. Look in the closet or at secondhand stores for fabric bargains and chances are inspiration will strike. With tons of free online resources and a little imagination you don’t need supreme sewing capabilities to upcylce skirts for the whole family. Skirts of any size can be made from an endless list of materials. Take a look at what you have lying around that can be resalvaged. It is likely that you already have most of what is needed to use for a… read more

Unwasting in the Textile Industry

Eco Textiles To Watch For

We use textiles every day; from clothes to coverings, fabrics are important pieces. Several inventive and ecological choices are progressively springing up around the globe. It is nice to know that the numbers of environmentally responsible cloth options are continually growing, and some in places you might not expect. Organic materials, like the fibers from pineapples and bananas, can be successfully used for an assortment of textile products. What would normally be discarded from these natively grown plants is being considered for use as fabrics to make everything from clothing to home furnishings. The fibers from the plants are ideal… read more