Clothing and textiles derived from bamboo must be labelled as rayon or viscose to counter a widely held but mistaken perception that the fabric is environmentally friendly, the Competition Bureau has ruled.
The bureau announced last week that labels and advertising have been corrected on 450,000 textile items, as well as on 250 websites that sell clothing and textile products.
The changes came after an investigation in the U.S. and Canada found that rayon derived from bamboo was no more natural or environmentally friendly than rayon derived from oak and beech trees.
Fourteen species of the blue dye indigo producing genus Indigofera have been described as new to science in 2009. Few natural by-products have played as prominent a role in history and in international trade as indigo. It has been a valued dye from the earliest human civilizations because of its compatibility with all types of natural fibers and its ability to be combined with other natural dyes to create a range of colors not possible to produce with synthetic substitutes. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has had a long-standing interest in the research of this genus and these discoveries arose during ongoing research in southern tropical Africa. Of the 14 new species described, 11 are highly localized and are threatened with extinction.
Indigofera has more than 750 species and occurs throughout the tropical regions of the world. It is member of Leguminosae (pea family).
Elders Primary Wool have introduced technology that will identify the source of wool in their carpets. New Zealand claims to grow the best strong wool in the world. Most of this wool is used in carpets. They want to be able to certify that their carpets contain NZ wool so have knitted a tracer fibre, invisible to the eye, into the wool fibre. This tracer can be doused with a signature marker and detected with a hand held scanner. The technology has been developed by AgRearch in New Zealand in conjunction with scientists from CSIRO.
If people, world wide, need certainty that what they buy is what retailers claim there may well be more of these tracer fibres in our food and fibres in the future. Traceability technology in carpets — Otago Daily Times
This is a wonderful animated short that was shown at the Encounters Short Film Festival. It’s called Don’t Let It All Unravel, it was directed by Sarah Cox, and all the action is knitted — or frogged (un-knitted) — (via Make Magazine)
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: The Tapestry Book by Helen Churchill Candee.
First published in 1912 by Frederick A Stokes Company.
The commercial fact that tapestries have immeasurably increased in value within the last five years, would have little interest were it not that this increase is the direct result of America’s awakened appreciation of this form of art. It has come about in these latter days that tapestries are considered a necessity in the luxurious and elegant homes which are multiplying all over our land. And the enormous demand thus made on the supply, has sent the prices for rare bits into a dizzy altitude, and has made even the less perfect pieces seem scarce and desirable.
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Chats on Old Lace and Needlework by Emily Leigh Lowes.
First published in 1908 by T Fisher Unwin, Ltd, Adelphi Terrace, London. This little book has been compiled to emphasise and accentuate the distinct awakening of English women and Needlecraft Artists to the beauty of the ancient laces and embroideries which we own in the magnificent historic collections in our great public Museums. Chats on Old Lace and Needlework by Emily Leigh Lowes — Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet by Anonymous.
First published in 1918 by Needlecraft Publishing Company, Augusta, Maine. Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet by Anonymous — Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: The Bath Tatting Book by PP.
First published in 1865 by Emily Faithfull, Printer and Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty. The Bath Tatting Book by PP — Project Gutenberg
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