The Yarn Industry and the Environment

“On some level the (large-scale) craft industry and the textile industry share the same supply streams until the final stages,” Dale Washburn, founder of yarn company Bellatrista, says in an email. “That is, the production of the raw fiber, the large-scale dyeing, etc. are indistinguishable. They only really diverge when the finished fiber/thread is spun into yarn or sent to be woven into cloth and sewn into garments. So,Continue reading “The Yarn Industry and the Environment”

#Pink hat Project – Fiber #Activist

I just heard about this on the news. The name is actually – The Pussyhat Project.  Whether you are for or against President-Elect Trump, it is a GREAT way to use fiber arts and handmade crafts for activism. If you do want to take part you would need to knit, crochet or weave pretty fast,Continue reading “#Pink hat Project – Fiber #Activist”

The Story of MYak

I had the opportunity to purchase this yarn. It’s a young company but very focused on sustainability in fiber and textile. Now only is the yarn extremely soft but very durable.  It is considered a luxury yarn. Currently they are touring local shops and talking and working with fiber artists and enthusiasts to create wearsContinue reading “The Story of MYak”

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?”