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  • Yearn-Worthy Yarns: Green Mountain Spinnery

    Similar to Hope Spinnery in Maine that I featured a few weeks ago, Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont creates their own yarn from United States-grown fibers (specifically alpaca, mohair, wool and organic cotton). “Our mission is to produce and sell high quality yarns from natural fibers and design classic Vermont patterns. Transforming the many types […] More

  • Crafty Convo: Chatting with Jeweler Ashley Hilton

    The media has a new indie jewelry favorite – Ashley Hilton. Featured in press outlets around the world in just the past 6 months, Ashley’s creations embody a seamless mix of eco-appreciation and modern style. “I try to reflect both the human and natural environment in my work by using symbols and materials that have […] More

  • Yearn-Worthy Yarns: UK Farm Yarns

    Bright colors and unnaturally stretchy fibers are nice, but there are times when you just want to go back to the “classics.” Sourced from Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset and surrounding counties in Britain, Farm Yarns spins some of the most exceptional alpaca and organic wool yarn available anywhere. “The yarn was developed with the idea to […] More

  • Wanna Be On TV? Casting For a New Teen Craft Show

    Crafter extraordinaire and co-host of DIY Network’s Creative Juice TV show – Cathie Filian – also has her own production company. With her fellow executive producers Greg Byers and Steve Piacenza, Cathie is on the hunt for teen/young adult crafters to show off their skills on a new craft show she is working on. Think […] More

  • Yearn-Worthy Yarns: Hope Spinnery

    Nestled in the peaceful beach bordering countryside of southern Maine, you’ll find one of the most sustainable yarn companies on the planet. Unexpected, no? Hope Spinnery has prided itself on being as eco-friendly as possible: the fiber processing mill is run completely on wind power captured on-site; all fibers are purchased locally from sustainably-dedicated Maine […] More

  • Top 5 Must-Have DIY Crochet Tomes

    Often the second banana to the world of knitting, crochet is steadily gaining more followers thanks to just how easy it is to pick up the hobby. Instead of using two needles, all you need is a ball of yarn and a crochet hook to create everything from toys and toaster covers to sweaters and […] More

  • Yearn-Worthy Yarns: New! Rowan’s PureLife

    Internationally known for their knitting books, seasonal pattern magazines and luxurious wool yarns, England’s Rowan Yarns has finally ventured into the world of sustainable fibers. Available in DK/light worsted weight, Rowan’s 100% organic cotton PureLife yarn is already winning over crafters. “Our organically grown naturally dyed yarn is colored with plant dyes and due to […] More

  • Green Pop Shop at Poppytalk Handmade

    Spring is right around the corner – the perfect time to refresh your home with a few new, eco-friendly items. Started by indie Canadian design blogger Jan, Poppytalk Handmade is like an online farmer’s market for handmade goodies (why didn’t we think of that!?). As luck would have it, this month’s theme for the showcase […] More

  • Yearn-Worthy Yarns: Da’vida Fair Trade

    Organic yarns have been the majority of the fibers featured in our Yearn-Worthy Yarns series thus far. For this week’s installment, we are covering another vital element of green living and sustainable production – fair trade. Wikipedia explains fair trade quite clearly as “an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and […] More

  • Join BurdaStyle’s First Mini Sewalong Challenge

    Looking to add some spice to your Spring wardrobe? Need a new creative project to work on? We introduced you to Burda Style during the early days of our blog. Now its time to share the details for their first mini-challenge for all the sewers out there. How do you enter? All you have to […] More

  • Yearn-Worthy Yarns: Knit One, Crochet Too

    It’s not often that I write about a specific yarn instead of a whole company’s collective offerings. Rare as it is, I couldn’t resist when it comes to Knit One, Crochet Too‘s 2nd Time Cotton yarn. I first heard about 2nd Time Cotton in Knit 1 Magazine’s first green issue (Summer 2007), which features the […] More

  • ReadyMade Readers Renew Broken Umbrellas

    When was the last time you cleaned out your attic? How about your basement? Are there still boxes sitting around from when you first moved in years ago? Under all that dust and clutter, I bet there are some pretty random things lying around your home – you know, in those far reaches that rarely, […] More

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