Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Alzheimer Activity Matt

 

Purpose of the Alzheimer’s Activity Mats

The activity mats are designed to safely stimulate and soothe people with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive challenges, while providing a better quality of LIFE.

L – Lift spirits and entertain users while relieving caregivers.

I – Interest  users in items on the mat. This stimulates senses and reinforces memory.

F – Focus user’s attention during therapy or conversation with a caregiver. Helps visitors and staff find topics of conversation with users.

E – Exercise hands and fingers.



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This link has a pattern/guide. 



How important is touch in the care of an Alzheimer's patient?

Go to link below to read article. 


History


This is the corner of a hand sewn sail made in the 1900c. The craftsmanship and quality of the the canvas sails were made of hemp as well as clothing and ropes and the caulking used to fill gaps between planks among other things. Hemp is 3 times stronger than jute and was preferred because it was unaffected by salt water.

 

Little Dresses for Africa





All About Little Dresses for Africa

Founded in 2008, Little Dresses for Africa is a not for profit charity that strives to send beautiful clothes for vulnerable children across Africa.

The charity was founded in the US, but we work with the wonderful Sarah who is the charities UK ambassador. She's lovely and once your little dresses arrive here with us, we send them on to her and she works to make sure they're sent to worthy communities across Africa.

The pillowcase dresses are hugely appreciated by the communities as items of clothing, however the charity works closely with the communities too. All the dresses are delivered to small and remote villages by groups of volunteers. The charity delivers the dresses to the children and spend time with the residents, building relationships to focus on educating about clean water, assisting with primary education and helping to build community.

The little dresses are always delivered to small villages and distributed alongside a local church or orphanage. The charity always ensures that the villages that are receiving dresses do not have easy access to clothing items, therefore do not negatively affect the local economy or compete will a local business.

You can keep updated with where our little dresses are being sent by following the Little Dresses for Africa - UK facebook page.



How To Get Involved

The Little Dresses charity works entirely on donations of homemade dresses.

We send you beautiful new pillowcases, so we want to encourage you to do something really great with your old ones. All you need is a sewing machine and a spare afternoon, the instructions are made to be simple so whether you're a sewing expert or a complete newbie, everyone can get involved.

Find our instructions for how to make your own dress from a pillowcase here.

Want some inspiration? See our gallery with a selection of some of the 2000 dresses we've been sent so far!

Share your own photos with us on social media too, always tagging in #mylittleslsdress.

Images and info above sourced from Secret Linen Store


 

Marit Ilison, Designer



The eye-catching, colourful and patterned woollen vintage blankets originate from the 1970s and 1980s Soviet Union when they were very common and found in every house. Every family had at least one, if not several. The blankets are often connected to very personal memories, for example, they were given as wedding presents. In the beginning, the blankets were made of camel wool. People used to unpick them to get precious yarn and to knit sweaters of it during the Soviet deficit. Later mainly lambswool was used. We dedicate a lot of time finding them because such blankets have become rare in time and each of them is unique. For Longing for Sleep Unique collection coats each blanket is carefully selected and cleaned.




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Suzani



What is a suzani?

A suzani is a large, hand-embroidered textile panel; the word comes from the Persian word suzan, which means needle. Originating from nomadic tribes in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, suzanis have become highly collectable and valued for their beautiful decoration and fine craftsmanship.



How was the suzani originally used?

The primary use of a suzani was within the yurt (a Central Asian nomadic tent), as a protective wrapping panel for textiles and belongings. They were also used as prayer mats, as bed sheets and for seating — pieces of furniture are seldom found in yurts, because they are cumbersome to move.

Suzanis had a symbolic significance, too. They were traditionally made by brides and their mothers as part of a dowry, and presented to the groom on his wedding day. They represented the binding together of two families, and were adorned with symbols of luck, health, long life and fertility.


                        PROBABLY BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN, 19TH CENTURY


How are suzanis made?

Suzanis are made from cotton, sometimes silk. The pattern is first drawn onto the cotton, before being embroidered on narrow portable looms. They are usually produced in two or more pieces, meaning that they can be worked on by more than one person, before being stitched together.

Just four stitches — tambour, basma, chain and kanda-khayol — are used to realise a large variety of patterns, which traditionally include the sun and moon, flowers and creepers of the Asian steppes, leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasionally fish and birds. These motifs were believed to imbue the suzanis with spiritual powers, offering protection or strength to their owners.

Which dyes are used?

Suzanis are coloured with vegetal dyes, although some more recent pieces may use synthetic dyes, which are not considered to give the same intensity of hue.

The natural dyes use imported indigo for blue, cochineal and imported madder for reds, saffron for yellow, a mix of indigo and a yellow tree fungus for green, and iron oxide and pistachio nuts for black. The dyeing process takes place in an outdoor vat, similar to those that can still be seen across the Maghreb.


 More images and info. Go to source link below.

https://www.christies.com/features/A-guide-to-suzani-textiles-8341-1.aspx




Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. It's known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. 





 

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More to see on the website. Link below. 





And check out this great blog post. 


Friday, 7 January 2022

Kitchen Garden Textiles



"I design textiles to replace single-use and plastic disposables in home kitchens and rental napkins for caterers and restaurants, and I give back to urban farmers. All of the textiles I use began as crops, just like the food on our table."
-Heidi Barr, Founder 

Go to website to learn more. Link below. 

 

25 Sustainable Textile Innovations

 Go to website to see all 25. Link below.

https://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/sustainable-textile-innovations





Sustainable Fashion Projects


Go to website to see a list of projects. Link below.

https://www.sustainable-fashion.com/projects

 






Reading Assignment, Spring 2022


 

Guidelines:

  • Each student selects a section to present to the class. 
  • Sign up for a section first day of class. There will be a sign up sheet posted in the studio.
  • Post the following information on your blog so you can present to the class. Be prepared to discuss the research and how you think the information expands/supports the history of indigo. 
    • Research #1. Include at least one (1) image and a source link.
    • Research #2. Include at least one (1) image and a source link.
  • Also, be prepared to give a verbal overview (summary) of the content.
  • See course calendar regarding your day to present to class. 

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Community Engaged Sustainability Project Guidelines

Assignment:

Organize an event or workshop, deliver a public presentation or create a visual experience that addresses sustainability. Does not have to be textile related. More than one student can a variation of an idea. 


Step 1 - Present two different ideas to the class. 

  • I gathered some research to get you started. Go to the category in the right column labeled "Sustainability".
  • Also see below for a list of ideas. 
  • Place the following information on your blog so you can present to the class. 
  • Idea #1
    • A sketch.
    • Materials needed. 
    • Two (2) forms of research. 
    • Important - Place at least one (1) image related to each piece of research in your presentation and include a source link. 
  • Idea #2
    • A sketch.
    • Materials needed. 
    • Two (2) forms of research. 
    • Important - Place at least one (1) image related to each piece of research in your presentation and include a source link. 

Step 2 - Begin Developing Your Idea
  • See course calendar for in-process progress check in dates. 



Ideas
  • Organize a mending group to take place on campus. Invite others to attend with items that need mending. Teach others how to mend. 
  • Go into a local middle or high school and teach mending. See me for contact info. 
  • Organize a clothing or shoe recycle drive.
  • Prepare a 20 - 30 minute presentation that addresses sustainability. Include visuals and sources. Create a poster to advertise your event. See me to secure a location and how to advertise as co-curricular. 
  • Reach out to a local group that promotes sustainability and see if you can support by making them a banner or helping in another way. 
  • Set up a table on West Lawn that provides mending services. People can leave clothes with you and pick up a week later, same spot, same time. Create a poster to advertise your event. See me to secure a location. 
  • Organize a workshop where you teach others how to make a wearable or useable item. Create a poster to advertise your event. See me to secure a location and how to advertise as co-curricular. 
  • Organize a workshop where you teach others how to crochet or knit. Create a poster to advertise your event. See me to secure a location and how to advertise as co-curricular. 
  • Organize an event where you create a piece a clothing on a live model. Create a poster to advertise your event. See me to secure a location and how to advertise as co-curricular. 
  • Organize a clothing swap. Create a poster to advertise your event. See me to secure a location. 
  • Reach out to a local clothing store to organize an event that addresses textile sustainability. 


Place the following information on your blog:
  • Documentation of your process and final solution. 
  • Reflection Statement
      • Discuss how your idea developed and the successes of the final solution. Also discuss what you would change if you were to carry out this idea a second time. 
      • Writing should be free of spelling and grammar errors. Use capitalization. 
      • Writing should be efficient - do not ramble. 
      • Do not submit the first statement you write. Take time to review and edit your writing at least twice. 

Alzheimer Activity Matt

  Purpose of the Alzheimer’s Activity Mats The activity mats are designed to safely stimulate and soothe people with Alzheimer’s and other c...