Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause
“It started with a pillowcase dress…and grew into a worldwide movement: crafters using their passion to help those in need. The Craft Hope blog-which organizes crafters to make handmade items for charities-has attracted followers around the world. This book, written by the site’s founder and featuring crafting’s hottest start, celebrates the cause and encourages others to join in.
Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item. The projects-all with beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and templates-include: cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. Contributors range from fabric designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey to popular authors and bloggers such as Amanda Soule (www.soulemama.com, Handmade Home), Karri Meng (French General), Amy Ray (Doodle Stitching), Celine Dupuy (Simple Sewing with a French Twist), Vickie Howell (Craft Corps), Cathie Filian (Creative Juice), Susan Wasinger (Eco Crafts), and Betsy Greer (Knitting for Good).
In addition, there are plenty of helpful tips on how to give locally and globally, how to give thoughtfully and appropriately, and how to empower those you are helping.” → more info
The one commercial product that I haven’t been able to completely eliminate from my cosmetic case is lipstick. I love red lipstick. And I’ve been hoping to find a handmade, non-toxic alternative to my former favorite brand of lipstick, which lands firmly on the most wanted list for lead content.
It is true. I can’t touch an avocado without risk of anaphylactic shock but own two of the four most lead laden lipsticks sold in America.
A beautiful alternative to sometimes questionably-mined diamond rings.
The humble safety pin. Its usual purpose is to act as an emergency fastener when a zip or button breaks, but it has evolved into a legitimate item of alternative fashion. Long gone are the days when it was only worn before the age of three to hold our nappies (diapers) together (scary! – how did our generation actually survive?) It quickly became an iconic symbol of British punk in the late 1970s, as sported by Johnny Rotten. In addition to holding together carefully and deliberately ripped jeans, the bravely stupid with a blatant disregard for hygiene safety, wore them through ear, nose and anywhere-else piercings.
The whole punk spirit is embodied in the above London Calling t-shirt by PaulinaClothing with mesh, rips and safety pins all over the union jack print. If it’s safety pins galore that you’re after, then take a look at the DeathBy13 store which sells some wickedly punky clothes, including these trousers with those massive pins all over.
They can be so versatile too: link loads together to make all kinds of necklaces, bracelets, key chains and use to pin on patches. So just reach for that annoying pile of safety pins in your stationary and other junk drawer when you feel your outfit needs a little bit of punking up. This men’s hoodie by 57thirtythree has a huge punk patch with safety pins all round.
When Liz Hurley wore that infamous Versace Little Black Dress to the premier of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994, the safety pin enjoyed a fashion revival and I remember a teen magazine suggesting we wear them in our hair – a look which I actually copied on a mufti day at school! She proved that they could be glamorous though, and I love the embellishment to this dress by lissabean.
Recycled by Hyena: My work is infused with my ethic and each of my creations is the result of passion and dedication. My clothes are made from scratch but not from new materials. They are made with fabric from clothes I purchased in Goodwill stores and non-profit thrift stores.
I “believe” in the craft revolution and I think it is our future. The handmade and eco-friendly life is the only alternative to the consumerism destroying our planet and the living beings surrounding us.