Recently a friend sent me a link for a video about Allan Brown, who harvests wild stinging nettle to create his own fabric. He makes it look incredibly easy, and I find myself wondering what other plants can be used (I’m based in South Africa so stinging nettles aren’t so common) and whether or not I have the courage to give it a try.
Here’s the video for those who wish to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0SFRIZqkfE
And isn’t it amazing, if we put our minds to it (and managed to find the time) we could really create custom garments from scratch, from the thread up... and can you imagine the money we could save from all that store-bought fabric hoarding – I have at least 15 crates... that’s right CRATES of fabric at any given time. – and of course this process can be used for creating balls of yarn for knitting and crochet projects too.
While looking more into the concept of using plants to create fabric, I came across something else that is completely wonderful – GROW YOUR OWN LEATHER IN YOUR KITCHEN! - Suzanne Lee has come up with a method where you can grow your own leather! It’s a wonderful, magical tea that ends in happiness. Here’s her TedTalk video so you can see more on the subject. https://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_lee_grow_your_own_clothes
And while a dream of finding the time to create all these wonderful things, I must admit for right now, it’s just a little easier for me to pop online or into the nearest fabric store, but perhaps there’s no time like the present to start a new fabric adventure...
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A note from the editor
a must read for all pattern designers
Sewing is in my heart, outside of my family, it’s the one thing that I am most passionate about. My goal is to grow a business and a team of sewing, knitting and crochet pattern designers, who are just as passionate about their craft as I am, which is why I have set up a marketplace for designers on www.nonstopcraft.com, not only are patterns designers welcome to sign up for FREE and start earning money from their downloadable patterns straight away, but I have also compiled an eBook (FREE when you sign up) to help designers to be as successful as possible.
To sweeten the pot, so to speak, I’m also running a competition for all designers who sign before the 31st August 2017, and load at least 5 complete, downloadable knitting, sewing or crochet patterns before then, ready to sell – one sewing pattern designer and one knitting / crochet pattern designer (that’s two prizes) stands the chance to win one full month’s advertising for FREE – that’s right for the full month of September, the winners will have all of our blogs and email campaigns centered on their designs only – plus social media campaigns too – what an amazing prize for a budding pattern designer!
Terms and conditions of the competition:
- All designers must be selling their own patterns, no copies of other designer’s work allowed, it must be original work.
- All designers must have no less than 5 designs already up for sale in their online stores before 31 August 2017 to qualify
- All designs must be in a downloadable pdf format, ready to download and print on purchase by clients.
- The winning designers must be able to supply one new, free sewing pattern for every week of September, as per the advertising details supplied in the FREE ebook, which you will receive upon registration
Good luck to all those who sign up!