New Innovation in Textile…Mushrooms

Materials innovation startup Bolt Threads introduced its second biomaterial today – a leather made from mycelium, the roots of a mushroom.  Mycelium is the underground root structure of mushrooms. It grows as tiny threads that form vast networks under the forest floor. We developed Mylo™ from mycelium cells by creating optimal growing conditions for it to self-assembleContinue reading “New Innovation in Textile…Mushrooms”

Excellence in Fibers IV (sponsored by the Fiber Art Network)

If you are looking for Emerging Artist submission, please visit fiberartnowentry.com. Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, September 2, 2018 Jurors Beth Mclaughlin, Head Curator, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts, Perry Price, Executive Director, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Carol Sauvion, Creator, Executive Producer and Director of Craft in America Learn more about our juror group

So when did animal #fiber come into use?

Excerpt from Robson, Deborah and Ekarius, Carol. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook. Fiber Fascination. North Adams, MA. Storey Publishing. 2011 The oldest known samples of woolen textiles date to 3,500 years ago, and samples of silk (produced by larvae of certain moths) in China have been dated to 5,000 years ago…For now, we know that alpacas wereContinue reading “So when did animal #fiber come into use?”

Joseph-Marie Jacquard and the #Loom

A bit of #weaving history for your Saturday morning… Joseph-Marie Jacquard was not the inventor of the programmable loom, as many people imagine, actually he created an attachment to the loom, which played a very important role not only in the textile industry. In July 1800 Joseph Jacquard applied for his first patent—a treadle loom,Continue reading “Joseph-Marie Jacquard and the #Loom”

Join OTA’s Fiber Council | OTA

OTA’s Board has approved the establishment of an OTA Fiber Council based on OTA Sector Council Operating Guidelines.  The application for the new sector council was first reviewed by the OTA Board Community Relations Committee, which gave its support. Marci Zaroff, President of Portico Brands and Founder of Under the Canopy, submitted the request alongContinue reading “Join OTA’s Fiber Council | OTA”

[FILM] TRACING ROOTS: A #WEAVER’S JOURNEY

A heartfelt glimpse into the world of Haida elder and weaver, Delores Churchill and a discussion generating documentary about the multilayered meaning of an object.

#Weaving Used to Support #Homeless Individuals @ #Reloom

I stumbled upon this movement and I am so glad I did. Love it when I see the craft industry using the art to support those in need, which offers more than just a skill but a means of income.  Read more about Re:loom, located in Georgia founded in 1990 and tour their #Weavehouse!

Yarn Recalls

Originally posted on The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts:
Not infrequently we are advised of recalls of pharmaceuticals, meats, eggs, processed foods and even raw vegetables.  But yarn? (c) lotusyarns Many of you probably heard that early this month, Trendsetter announced its recall of  Lotus Yarns Mimi.  Trendsetter imported Mimi from…