Friday, September 11, 2009

Reusable bags

Day 19 of Eco Craft Challenge

Yesterday I made 4 reusable bags out of 2 yards of stash fabric. The fabric was woven using a twill weave, so it is not something that I plan on quilting with. I cut each bag slightly different. One bag has a shoulder strap. I've gotten some nice compliments on them. Now I am seriously thinking about making some for sale. Each time making a set of 4. I also want to make some for Christmas gifts.

Tomorrow, Saturday September 12th is the first International Plastic Free Day. Please use your reusable bags when shopping.

I am also thinking about making a blog carnival soon. There are so many great blogs that I follow, and I would like to share some of their great ideas with everyone. Unlike other blog carnivals, this will not be a weekly thing. It might be a bi-monthly or a monthly thing.

A friend of mine came over today and taught me how to use a spinning wheel. She is letting me borrow one of her spinning wheels. It looks so easy, but it does take practice. I am now spinning my very large ball of plarn on it. I need to spin as much as possible tonight and tomorrow. On Sunday I will be at the Billerica, MA recycling table for the Yankee Doodle Fair. I'll be demoing how to make plarn, tarn, plastic bag wreaths, juice pouch items, etc. The large ball of plarn is a crowd favorite.

I am also looking forward to the eco craft challenge being over, because I have a nice little wish list right now. I want to buy some double pointed needles (in a size I don't have) to make some Mary Jane Slippers. My studio is in the basement, and my feet have been getting cold down there. Also I want to purchase a Navajo spindle and maybe a ball winder. That will set me back a little (the combo of the 2). However I will feel good about these purchases, because they are tools and will not be adding to my stash. In fact these tools will be helping me dig into my stash. I am also thinking about a craft challenge part 2. This time for a shorter amount of time, but a more extreme budget.

I am also posting some pictures of my studio space through out this post. I cleaned it yesterday. I still need to work on it, but I made a big dent. My basement is not finished, so it does look kind of raw. I need to figure out a heating solution soon, because winter will make it to cold to work in.


  1. You are so creative! I love the tips you've been leaving for me & hopefully someday I will actually start making some of your great crafts!

  2. I absolutelly adore this blog! YOU ARE FANTASTIC!
    ... question: the challenge is only for textiles or it could be any object?

  3. Thank you :) The challenge could be for anything. The arts and crafts world is a very big world. If you have a stash of something that you can create with, then this challenge is perfect for you.

    This just popped into my head: The other day we went for a walk at a state park. Along the trail were stacks of rocks. I remember seeing someone stacking rocks along the beach in California once as well. This is a beautiful art form that doesn't cost any money. On top of that we got some beautiful pictures for our home from someone else's creations.