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Cruinn at the Stornoway Library

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Cruinn at the Stornoway Library

As part of the Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon partnership, Western Isles Libraries invited us to host a pop-up in The Space at Stornoway Library on Saturday 27th November.   We loved meeting all those who popped in to see us, despite the snowy weather!      We set out our re-makes including the latest festive pieces, and spent the afternoon sharing our knowledge on the subject of sustainability in the fashion industry and showing off our skills turning a pair of pyjama bottoms into two Christmas Stockings and an old t-shirt into some yarn.      Working together as a...

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Tips for a Sustainable Christmas

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Tips for a Sustainable Christmas

It's that time of year again, where we're encouraged to buy, buy buy! Of course shopping is good for the economy but overconsumption isn't good for the planet. There are ways to be more mindful and sustainable at Christmas, while still indulging in festive fun!   * Shop Local where possible * Shopping locally means people are kept in employment in your area. You build up relationships with shop workers and get a personal level of customer service that can't be achieved with big online retailers. It can also mean less miles travelled for the goods you buy, reducing carbon emissions....

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From Alterations to Complete Remakes - What have we been up to?

From Alterations to Complete Remakes - What have we been up to?

Our designers have been busy doing all sorts of re-fashions here at Cruinn the past couple of months, showing lots of different kinds of ways you can keep clothes and textiles in circulation.   Sandra has shown that you don’t need to create a completely different item to really update a piece of clothing. This boxy, shapeless jacket had lots of subtle changes to completely transform it into a fashionable and updated piece by: *Removing the pocket welts *Changing the Collar, removing the notched collar *Resetting the sleeves, creating a new sleeve head *Trimming and shaped the side and back...

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What can you do with old t-shirts?

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What can you do with old t-shirts?

We've all got old t-shirts hiding in wardrobes and drawers, that are misshapen, stained, bobbly, holey, have a faded print and are generally past their best. They're not really much use for anything but rags, or so you'd think! Old t-shirts are perfect for turning into "yarn" it doesn't matter what condition they're in or what design they have, they can all be turned into yarn to crochet or knit with or use in macramé All you need is an old t-shirt, a sharp pair of scissors or rotary cutter. A seam ripper is useful but not completely necessary. Take...

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Simple repairs and transformations

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Simple repairs and transformations

Even the simplest of transformations and repairs can extend the life of your clothes, taking them from being destined for landfill back into everyday use. . . 

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