Starting on the very last zine, zero waste news, and some links you'll enjoy
A very warm welcome to the September newsletter, and a special hello to new subscribers.
Yesterday I started on the very last zine, December, for A Year of Zero Waste Sewing, a book project I’m experimentally publishing as zines. (January is free here, if you want to take a look.) Mr H says it should be called TWO Years of Zero Waste Sewing, it’s taken that long.
I kind of feel like I’m freewheeling towards the finish line! Really, this project has been such a joy, and when it’s over I’d like to keep going with this way of publishing things.
You might be thinking: what happened to September, October and November? They’re all currently with the editors and should be ready soon.
Below are the proofs from our not-very-good home printer. You can see what September and October are about in the photo, and November is about grading strategies for zero waste.
It’s back! Making Zen FREE online retreat
25-29 September, 2023. Register here.
Making Zen is a free online retreat centred around textile arts and mindfulness. It’s designed to help you slow down and nurture your creativity by providing a bundle of workshops from skilled textile artists from all over the world.
20 artists will present workshops over 5 days. Each goes for around 30 minutes and they cover a range of topics such as mending and embroidery, creating texture in your stitching, and making art everyday. I’m not presenting one this time, but I’m certainly planning to take part.
If you’re doing homeschooling, I highly recommend it for your curriculum.
In zero waste news…
France is offering money to people who get things repaired. Will it make a difference? Following with interest.
You’ve probably heard of greenwashing, where misleading claims of sustainability are made, but what’s greenhushing?
Two zero waste designers to take a look at:
AA Gold Zero Waste Fashion in Germany
as part of Birmingham UK’s city-wide Open Studios.
Some things you might enjoy
Sew Liberated has Barbie doll-sized versions of some of their patterns. (Maybe I should try this with mine?)
The history of Queen Elizabeth II's secret tweed.
A collection of tennis dresses worn by Madonna Schacht, one of Australia’s top women tennis players, have been acquired by Queensland Museum.
Still on the subject of sports uniforms, an article about the uniforms for the Women’s World Cup 2023.
Who knew you could make these things from hemp?
Temu and Shein are two Chinese ultra-fast fashion labels - hear about them from the point of view of a non-fashion YouTube channel. (14mins)
An interview with Julie Eibner about the designer Claire McCardell.
A dress made from Amazonian wild rubber by Vivienne Westwood and Andrea Kronthaler (1:23min).
South Aussies: Clare Quilters have a quilting exhibition running for the month of September at the Clare Valley Tourist Information Centre.
On the blog lately
A roundup of the past month’s blog posts from my website, lizhaywood.com.au.
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Discovering Halston’s bias cuts, via a book I ordered on the designer.
I kind of considered hats were too hard to do zero waste, but I had a go!
A week after that, I produced a better, minimal waste hat.
From the blog archives
One summer holidays I tried macramé, with inspiration from books almost the same age as me :)