Fabricate your own sustainable cashmere scarf
Weave and sew cashmere scarves with sustainable fabric
This has to be the ultimate in sustainable sewing! I'm bringing a cashmere surplus trunk show to Stitchcraft in Inverurie to celebrate the North east Open Studio weekend. We'll have luxury surplus to buy, as well as finished items made in the surplus by me and my Sewing Bee pal Ben Moore. We'll also run a couple of workshops - this one will be to design, weave and sew your own scarves.
The cashmere comes a Scottish mill producing luxury items. The production process leaves a surplus of “slitter tape”, fine strips of beautiful fabric in a wide range of colours and patterns. This can be used to make fabric in a number of different ways, using knitting, weaving, stitching and so on. We’ll focus on weaving and stitching at this class, and everything you need will be provided (but bring your own pins in case you want to take away an item to finish at home).
You can decide what to make, whether scarves, cushion cover panels, a table runner and so on, but whatever it is, it’s going to feel amazing! You could choose to focus on texture and only use one colour of cashmere, or you could try different colour combinations, it’s entirely up to you. You can also weave in any ribbons or trimming you want, add additional pops of colour along the warp or weft threads – anything goes. You could even do some free-form weaving. You should have time to fully complete one scarf.
On the day we’ll cover:
setting up temporary looms to the size and shape you need
choosing colours and design
other fabrication techniques
This class is suitable for sewers who are familiar with a sewing machine and have some basic experience.
Minimum age 16+
Our aim will be to finish all items in the class but if time runs out, you may need to finish the sewing at home.
ideas and inspiration
tea and coffee!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING:
Please bring your own pins along.
It can take 200 pins to construct one scarf
Bring an awl if you have one,
it’s really useful when you sew this fabric.