Textile Stew: Eco-Friendly Edition


Fibers from the sometimes-invasive water hyacinth are being developed into sustainable fabric. The plant is sometimes invasive, but it just sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

A new discovery for me, the Fiber Organics shop, also has a blog, and I’ll definitely be spending some time browsing the archives. These posts caught my eye: Zero-waste pattern layout (related: No Waste and Less Waste Fashion Designers), and a breakdown of the differences between the terms eco-friendly, organic, sustainable, etc.

Our own Mary Beth has opened a new shop Supafab, featuring handmade + sustainable gear for tots, adults, and home.

Birch Fabrics‘ Circa 50 line was featured on the L.A. Times Design Blog. Hooray for Cynthia!


  1. Dina says:

    Wow…what a great post. Visited Birch Fabrics – will have to order some prints.

  2. Thank you for the mention!

    Love the theme of this roundup. I started eyeing some wool-hemp blends over at Fiber Organics.

  3. Becky says:

    I’ve always held to the (conspiracy) theory that pattern companies and fabric manufacturers were in collusion to make me spend more money on fabrics than I actually needed for a given pattern. after a few years of sewing and learning I found I can buy less fabric than the pattern package requires. Partly because I learned to lay out pieces with more efficiency and partly because I am only 5’4″!!

    Great links here – Thanks!!