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Recycling for textiles
Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim
It seems that in this culture we're given so many "things"- our houses are full of "stuff".
Before we are born we're given gifts and this carries on throughout our lives. We throw things away, we break things, we send them to charity shops.
Of course it's necessary to occasionally de-clutter our lives - we wouldn't be able to move if we kept everything. However amazing treasures can be found for use in arts and craft projects.
I aim to show you how I've used found and recycled objects and materials in my artwork and to inspire you to think beyond the label of "junk".
Find out more below!
Book Information and Excerpts
About the Book
Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim
A "How- To" Textiles e-Book
Full of Eye Candy!
Over 180 pages and over 180 full-colour images.
Ideas for Recycling old clothes
Recycling large objects like furniture
Making bags from recycled items
Using up the bits you'd usually throw away
Saving old projects that went wrong
Recycling broken jewellery
Using found objects
And much more!
Thumbnails and Excerpts - Have a look inside Reuse, Reycle, Reclaim.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Health and Safety
Tools and Materials
Boxes and Tins
Novel Ideas for Thread Spools
Picking Up After Yourself
Recycling for Knitters
The Shirt off your Back
Pick your Rubbish up and take it home with you
Wire Coat hangers
All the Leftover Bits
Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim is Avalable from Lulu.
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Recycling Off-Cuts from Old Projects
Using Off-cuts of Textiles - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!
This is a piece I made by patchworking together sections of excess textiles that I cut from the edge of other textiles pieces.
These tiny pieces are like little treasures so it seemed a shame to throw them away.
In my Recycling book I'll show you how to reuse little bits of textiles.
Breathing New Life into Old Dolls
Recycling Dolls - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!
In this textiles piece I've recycled a cheap Star Trek action figure by wrapping it with fabric and yarn.
This piece is called "The Seamstress" and also features recycled fabrics and thread spools.
Creative Recycling in Embroidery - Val Holmes.
I love these textiles books by Val Holmes.
Making Old Chairs into Textiles Art
Recycling Furniture - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!
This textiles piece was made to cover a really old chair.
I copied images of my family onto pieces of fabric and added them into the textiles.
Pick Up Your Trash and Take it With You
Recycled Bags - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!
This purse features recycled fabrics, found marbles, and a recycled purse frame.
I'll give you ideas on how to make your own recycled bags.
Get Your Own Back on Ill-Fitting Bras!
Bras! - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!
Is this going too far?
I decided to make art from my old bras!
The lace looks fabulous when it's melted.
Making Stuff - An Alternative Craft Book.
This is a cute book full of ideas for making mittens out of old jumpers, wings from newspaper and feathers, necklaces from paper, bathmats from t-shirts etc.
Second-Time Cool - The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater.
Learn how to recycle old sweaters and make cute things!
Secrets of Rusty Things - Transforming Found Objects into Art.
Learn how to make beautiful assemblage art from old rusty bits!