Sew Eco: Sewing Sustainable and Re-Used Materials

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A&C Black, Jun 25, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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Sustainable sewing projects don't have to be scratchy hemp skirts and

brown patchwork aprons - you could be making beautiful one-off pieces

for yourself and your home from unique and unusual eco-friendly

recycled or vintage fabrics. A whole new generation of savvy craftsters have been dusting

off old sewing machines and revving them up, but they don't want to

make just any old thing. This book will guide readers through a series

of stylish sewing projects with a focus on sourcing and using

sustainable fabrics. The projects teach different aspects of sewing,

starting with making cushions from recycled shirts, old jumpers,

vintage buttons and other materials, working through making simple

skirts and bags, to using leather appliqué, working with vintage lace

and peace silk, using organic fabrics for scarves and shawls and even

'upcycling' an old suede skirt or hat into something beautiful and unique.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
1 Textiles and the environment
11
2 Buying fabrics
26
3 Making greener choices in your sewing practice
40
4 Buying vintage fabrics and haberdashery
48
tools and techniques
56
6 Home Projects
63
7 Fashion Projects
99
Conclusion
136
Glossary
137
Stockists
139
Resources
142
Index
144
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Ruth Singer is a textile designer-maker who works exclusively with eco-friendly, recycled and natural fabrics. Ruth has also worked in museum education, most recently in adult education at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Great Britain. She has published many projects in books and magazines including The Guardian Guide to Craft and in Black Dog Publishing Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book and several Lark Books publications. Her first solo book Sew It Up, a modern manual of practical and decorative sewing, was published in 2009. Ruth's work can be seen at www.ruthsinger.co.uk.

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