Sew Eco: Sewing Sustainable and Re-Used Materials

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Sustainable materials projects have come a long way from scratchy hemp skirts and brown patchwork aprons and Sew Eco is a unique how-to book which guides a whole new generation of savvy crafters in making beautiful wardrobe and home furnishing creations from unusual eco-friendly recycled or vintage fabrics.  The book features a series of stylish projects with a focus on both how to source and use sustainable fabrics and teaches readers many different aspects of ...
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Overview


Sustainable materials projects have come a long way from scratchy hemp skirts and brown patchwork aprons and Sew Eco is a unique how-to book which guides a whole new generation of savvy crafters in making beautiful wardrobe and home furnishing creations from unusual eco-friendly recycled or vintage fabrics.  The book features a series of stylish projects with a focus on both how to source and use sustainable fabrics and teaches readers many different aspects of sewing. Projects include amazing transformations such as making cushions, skirts, scarves, shawls and handbags from recycled shirts, old sweaters, vintage buttons, vintage lace, peace silk, organic fabrics and other materials, using leather appliqué and even "upcycling" an old suede skirt or hat into something truly creative and utterly fantastic.
  
 
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"Puts a new twist on eco sewing."—Leicester Mercury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408102848
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of 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

5 Basic sewing: tools and techniques 56

6 Home Projects 63

Pincushion 64

Chair seat cover 68

Curtains 72

Tea cosy 76

Lampshade 80

Laptop cosy 82

Suede cushion 85

Apron 88

Tablelinen 93

Slashed cushion 96

7 Fashion Projects 99

Shawl 100

Scarf 104

Lace bag 108

Purse 114

Cuff 118

Embellished coat 120

Corsage 123

Hat 125

Curtain skirt 128

Blossom skirt 133

Conclusion 136

Glossary 137

Stockists 139

Resources 142

Index 144

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