Hoops become hair bands

October 30, 2007

Hair bands made by using recycled scarves

I worried about how teenagers might flick the metal frisbee hoops, I’m not proceeding with the frisbee project. Unless someone can reassure me that if I put a warning on ‘do not flick at each other’ will stop boys from doing exactly that!

So this next creative idea is to pad the rings with wadding then twist some vintage scarves around and sew with buttons and beads. I think they look great. If any of you would like some of the rings to make something creative then e -mail me


Sustainable Textiles RITE Conference

October 11, 2007

standhilton07a.jpgThe RITE Conference on sustainable textiles attracted over 400 delegates – this huge audience shows the concern for environmental issues and sustainability in textiles. Ridgwell Press had a stand, and people were very interested and pleased that teachers are creating projects for textiles in schools which look at recycling, sustainable resources and future textiles. They were very interested in the Biofibres, Plastic bottles into fibres and Knitting with paper.

Interesting presentations included Eco-labelling, Organic cotton, Defra’s sustainable clothing roadmap, Levis mission for sustainable jeans, Timberland, Finisterre, Patagonia and Invista. Have a look at any of their websites for useful informatio.

Frisbees for the classroom

August 21, 2007

Frisbees for the classroomspecification for the frisbeespecification for the frisbeeJust placed a large order for frisbees and also metal hoops which have a memory and return to shape after they have been folded. The idea is to create a project for boys and girls so that they can make their own frisbees with a pouch. The challenge is to make them to a high enough quality and also to work out how to print onto the nylon fabric – this is needed to give the product some aerodynamics and fly.
So, soon schools will be flying custom design frisbees – think this one will be popular, but it requires good sewing skills and patience.

Biofibres from soya beans, milk, sweetcorn and bamboo

August 12, 2007

BiofibresI’ve just finished a textiles pack with samples of fibres made from different plants and milk protein. This is old technology, but made up to date by the need find alternative sources to avoid using our diminishing oil reserves. So, I’ve collected fibres made from soya beans, sweetcorn, casein – a milk protein, bamboo and wood pulp. They are manufactured in different ways by degrading the plants into basic chemicals which can be spun into fibres. I have my doubts about using milk protein – it should be used for food manufacturing, not for garment construction. Most of this work seems to be done from China so the technology is hard to get to but the pack is called Biofibres and published by Ridgwell Press

Using fabric sheets to make a bag

March 8, 2007

Memory bagThis bag is made using recycled fabrics layered with fabric sheets which have images printed from the computer. Other fabrics and crochet pieces have been sewn on top to create the final bag which is made entirely from recycled fabrics. Called a memory bag as it is a collection of family memories.

Juggling ball production line

January 10, 2007

Juggling ballsroehampton1.jpgLast week I carried out the final trials of the Juggling ball project with PGCE students at Roehampton. They divided into 2 teams to compete to make as many quality juggling balls as they could in an hour. Each team was given a step by step process, an orange to work out the pattern, some gorgeous fabric, linseed and millet and off they went. Really interesting to watch how each team treated the task – each decided to make a prototype from Dipryl, and then divided the tasks. We tested the final results and weighed the juggling balls and the teams had to decide who won. All felt it was a really useful exercise in industrial practice that could be run in the classroom.