Knitting

Knitting sustainably, using eco-friendly materials that either reduce or have no negative eco impact, can be challenging. The same goes for tools like knitting needles and fabric shears, for example. This is just one of the reasons we started our sustainable haberdashery shop – as well as these helpful knitting posts on our blog.

Making menswear is getting easier as more designers produce great patterns

Making Menswear: Finding Men’s Patterns

There’s a wealth of wonderful patterns out there for women, teens and even children, but sadly fashion as a whole seems to ignore part of the population. Male and masculine bodies still need clothing, so why are there less options for making clothes to suit them than there are for female and feminine bodies?

If the yarn in your stash isn't eco-friendly, don't throw it away

What is eco-friendly yarn?

There are lots of things that need to be considered when looking for a sustainable yarn to knit or crochet with.

There are times where you might choose to use superwash wool, or perhaps choose to swap for another washable alternative

What Is Superwash Wool?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about whether wool is a sustainable material to craft with and I deliberately didn’t go into superwash wool in that post, as I felt it needed a separate explanation. So here we are!

Crafting without plastic is becoming easier as more businesses are committed to being more sustainable

A Guide To Crafting Without Plastic

In the crafting world, plastic is everywhere – from product packaging and plastic tools to materials which contain plastics (and often aren’t clearly labelled as such). So how do you go about crafting without plastic?

Most people think of sheep when they think of wool, but they aren't the only wool-producing animals

Is Wool A Sustainable Material To Craft With?

How do you know if the materials you’re choosing are more or less sustainable than ones you were previously using? This question comes up a lot when discussing whether wool is a sustainable material or not, so I thought I’d take a look into it.

Rolling your jumper in a towel helps to gently squeeze excess water out of it

How To Unshrink Woollen Jumpers

We’ve all been there – you have a beautiful woolly jumper that needs a wash and after a while, you realise it just doesn’t fit the way it used to. But what if you didn’t have to part with your shrunken jumpers? What if there was a way to unshrink them back to the size they should be?

Sewing patterns

PDF Patterns vs Paper: The Benefits Of Digital Downloads

Digital downloads are one of those things that seem to divide people: you have folks who are used to using paper patterns and swear by them, then you have others who seem to only use PDF patterns. As someone who started with paper sewing patterns and is gradually moving towards buying and using more PDF patterns, I thought I’d have a look into what the benefits actually are for digital downloads over paper patterns.

Jewellery rolls make lovely Christmas gifts and they're great for using up scraps

Scrap Busting Christmas Gifts

Part three of the scrap project series is here in time for all your last minute Christmas gift making! We’re just two weeks away from the big day now, but that’s still enough time to make some quick projects as stocking fillers and gifts.

Christmas gifts bought on Small Business Saturday

Christmas Gifts From Other Small Businesses

It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend – time to support that business your friend/parent/family runs and also discover new businesses whose products and services you love.