Low-impact clothes articles

Jul
9
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: labelling yarn

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Sue Blacker takes us on a final tour of The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill to learn all about labelling yarn. Turns out there’s plenty to it! Read more …

Jun
27
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 15: the final wool yarn package and packaging

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The yarn is ready to package up at The Natural Fibre Company’s spinning mill, as Sue Blacker shares the final leg of The Wool Journey. Read more …

May
28
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 13 & 14: single versus plied yarn and the bulking of wool

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The Wool Journey returns, as The Natural Fibre Company’s Sue Blacker explores the question of single versus plied yarn and an intriguingly named tool called the Bulkometer. Read more …

Apr
9
2019
Sarah Young

Repair & maintain: how to keep your beloved clothes in your life for longer

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Keen to repair your clothes? You’re not alone! We hear from the team at Ethical.net about the growing mending movement challenging fast fashion.

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Nov
15
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 12: spinning at last!

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In Part 12 of The Wool Journey, spinning commences at the Natural Fibre Company mill in Cornwall. Over to Sue Blacker to tell us more… Read more …

Oct
30
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 11: which yarn to make?

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Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company continues The Wool Journey with the all of important question: which yarn to make? Read more …

Jun
21
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 10: using traditional carding machines

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In the tenth installment of The Wool Journey with Sue Blacker at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about the next stage of preparing wool to spin, using traditional carding machines. Read more …

Apr
19
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 9: the first stages of preparing to spin

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In Part 9 of The Wool Journey guest blog series from The Natural Fibre Company, Sue Blacker takes us through the first stages of preparing to spin, featuring the Fearnaught machine and more. Read more …

Mar
20
2018
Teresinha Roberts

How to grow your own woad: from seed to harvest

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A natural dye you can harvest from the garden, textile artist Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours explains how to grow your very own ‘indigo’ woad plant. Read more …

Mar
15
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 8: wool scouring and drying

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In the eighth installment of The Wool Journey with Sue Blacker at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about the first stage of processing: wool scouring and drying. Read more …

Mar
11
2018
Eloise Sentito

Who can afford artisan goods? For truly green businesses, we have to kick the money habit

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Hi, how’s business? As an artisan working with wool, January and February are usually peak season for me, but this year they’ve been the worst months on my records, despite the big freeze. Read more …

Feb
4
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 7: uses of different fibre types

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Continuing The Wool Journey, Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company explains the uses of different fibre types. It is said that everything of a pig can be used but the squeak and the same is true of fleeces! Read more …

Jan
25
2018
Sophie Paterson

Buying green: is ethical consumerism a perfect distraction?

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Eco-consumption, ethical consumerism, sustainable shopping. Call it what we may, “buying green” has grown into something of a hot topic in the last decade. But is it the sustainable solution some claim it to be or is it in fact the perfect distraction? Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson explores. Read more …

Jan
21
2018
Teresinha Roberts

Meet madder, woad & weld: traditional dye plants of Europe

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In this post, textile artist Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours tells us all about the top three European dye plants for use in natural dyeing: madder, woad and weld. Read more …

Jan
16
2018
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 6: grading, sorting and storing of fleeces following shearing

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In the sixth installment of The Wool Journey by Sue Blacker of The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns, she outlines the crucial steps of grading, sorting and storing of fleeces following shearing. Read more …

Dec
14
2017
Sue Blacker

The linen journey: locally-grown flax to yarn

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In a spin-off from The Wool Journey series of blog posts, The Natural Fibre Company shares The Linen Journey, in which Sonja Bargielowska explores flax’s journey from field to yarn. Read more …

Dec
5
2017
Sophie Paterson

Reduce, reuse… repair? The repair renaissance building skills and communities

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With UK media decrying a recent YouGov survey revealing a whopping 69% of 18-24 year olds in the UK don’t know how to bleed a radiator and 54% would be flummoxed replacing a fuse, what hope is there for a repair renaissance amidst the current tide of throwaway consumerism? Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Oct
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 5: harvesting the wool

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In The Wool Journey Part 5, Sue Blacker of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company explains the process of harvesting wool with an in-depth look at sheep shearing. Read more …

Sep
28
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 4: wool attributes amongst breeds, natural colour and health

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In The Wool Journey Part 4, Sonja Bargielowska of Blacker Yarns at The Natural Fibre Company considers wool attributes amongst breeds, natural colour and the importance of a healthy flock. Read more …

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