Fabulous Fabrics: GreenSage Store

hemp print fabricGreenSage bills itself as a store for “sustainable building and furnishing.”  As part of that identity, they sell a number of natural, organic, and hemp fabrics – including the 100% hemp print you see here, which unfortunately for the hobby crafter is $50 per yard.

Several times I’ve thought about whether to include a fabric this expensive in the Fabulous Fabrics series?  Is it just to taunt you?  No!  You’re all very nice, and I like you.  I’m also not trying to reinforce the perception that all organic fabric is expensive.  The fact is, fine fabrics and upholstery fabrics are expensive no matter what they’re made of, and we all understand that.

What I am trying to do is celebrate the organic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly fabrics that people are creating, even if most of us aren’t able to consume vast quantities of it.  I think it’s part of building and nurturing a movement to point out successes and hold up even high end examples of what we want products to be like.

And I like to show you pretty things.  You’re o.k. with that, right?

So, back to GreenSage.  Their other green fabrics include:

If you’re reading this and you’re in the trade (read: discount) or doing high-dollar crafts or art, you may have the resources to use these lovely fabrics.  If not, just enjoy window shopping!

The “Sage Learning Center” on their website also has a pretty informative page about fabrics, covering the differences between synthetics and natual fabrics when it comes to human health and the environment.

More about organic and sustainable fibers

Written by Skye Kilaen

Skye Kilaen began sewing at an early age and eco-rabble-rousing shortly after that. Many years later, someone finally told her that there are books about how to make quilts. Life was never the same. In fact, she spent more on her sewing machine than her car. Bringing her green and crafty passions back together, Skye is now happily discovering ways to create beautiful and useful objects using thrifted and sustainable materials. No, that's not just an excuse to visit Goodwill more often. Honest.


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