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How to weave on a cardboard loom

If you think you need special equipment to learn how to weave, you're wrong! Use things you have at home to make your first loom, just like I did back in the summer of 2015. I taught myself how to weave on a DIY cardboard loom and I got hooked! I want to share some of my favourite techniques and tricks with you. 

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Sustainable makers: Jewelry by Ninalu

Luka is one of my first friends from Berlin maker's scene. She creates pieces out of recycled sterling silver, brass and copper tubes in combination with natural materials.  Every piece is inspired by minimalistic aesthetics and nature that surrounds her. I asked Luka a few short questions for you to get to know her better because this year we teamed up to offer beautiful Christmas gift sets.

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My self-employement journey

This autumn was an intense period in my life, with a lot of bad things happening, which made me reflect on what I’m doing and who I want to be. It all led me to quit my day job. Some of you might know that I’m an architect and worked in an architecture office for the past 5 years. I enjoyed my job and loved my colleagues. We did I leave then?

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How to dye fabric with plants

I get many questions about my process, so I decided to write a blog post to make it accessible to everybody. My way of dyeing is by no means the ultimate right way, it’s just a process I developed over time, based on research and experience. I want to describe my process step by step, give some important advice and share an approach for beginner dyers, which is a simplified procedure for a first ever experiment with plant dyes.

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Should you use mordants?

Some time ago I posted a question on Instagram, asking other natural dyers how they keep their botanically dyed fibres wash fast without compromising their methods. I was a long-time advocate for not using mordants while dyeing or mordanting fibres with soya milk only. It worked wonderfully on wool but I wasn’t happy with the results I was achieving on linen. I wanted to know how other dyers work around this problem.

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Finding purpose in business

“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

While finding a purpose won’t guarantee success, it’s impossible to be successful without it. The best thing you can do for your business (and yourself) is to find your very own purpose to guide you. 

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Why is organic cotton fabric better

Don’t be deceived by “natural fibre” rhetorics. Conventional cotton is not as natural as it sounds. What does that mean for us and our environment? Well, nothing good. Production of conventional cotton fabric pollutes the air and surface waters, decreases biodiversity and shifts equilibrium of ecosystems.  It can irritate consumers' skin, causing allergies, eczema or even cancer. 

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How to print with plants onto fabric

The beauty of plant-stamped fabric lies in the wonderful imperfection of the print. You can add a hand-made touch to your house and print some cushions, teatowels, table runners or bags. Don't worry about your skills, it's really easy! Follow this tutorial to learn how to do that.

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