Community Ties January 2022

Community Ties, SDA’s January 2022 online conference, celebrates the many connections we share as artists and makers. Open to members and nonmembers, Community Ties includes more than 15 hours of programming spread across an entire week. Join us Saturday, January 22nd and 29th from 12-4pm ET for our main programming. Weekday programming includes Meet the Maker demos, meetups, and an SDA open house. The conference willContinue reading “Community Ties January 2022”

Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories

Join curator Jennifer Swope for a digital exploration of the exhibition Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from October 10, 2021, through January 17, 2022.

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”

Holding Space: Bridging Fiber Art & Racial Identity

Friday, Oct 9 @ 7pmET Holding Space: Bridging Fiber Art & Racial Identity is a virtual panel presentation that features women artists who use textiles and fiber to construct and explore ideas around racial identity. The panel will explore themes like tradition, adornment, and labor that are interwoven in each artists’ work. The event isContinue reading “Holding Space: Bridging Fiber Art & Racial Identity”

Community + Inspiration @ Vogue Knitting Live

My first time at Vogue Knitting Live NYC was last weekend…such a great experience! With all the changes in events due to the pandemic, I get hesitant about virtual events that are so based in a human experience – the reason I enjoy my knitting and weaving community. However, the more intimate lectures and workshopsContinue reading “Community + Inspiration @ Vogue Knitting Live”

Learning about Chenille

This is a great article that traces the history of a great yarn and fiber…Chenille. Chenille means caterpillar in English, forever linking the fuzzy insects that one day become either a moth or butterfly with fluffy yarn and fabrics. The French word was known early on in the United States and can be found inContinue reading “Learning about Chenille”

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”