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Peace silk yarns...

What is Peace Silk?Peace silk is where the silkworm breeding takes place under natural conditions. It is therefore known as peace silk, organic silk, Ahimsa silk. The silk worm is not killed to make the silk products. The production of peace silk yarn also allows the metamorphosis of the silkworm to a butterfly. The trees where the silk worm grows are not treated with insecticides or generic sprays. They grow naturally in the wild. Eri silk is the product of the silkworm that feeds on castor leaves. It is also known as endi or errand in India. It is a super soft woolly type  texture with a cashmere soft feel. This peace silk is a very popular fibre amongst vegans...

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Organic eri and wild tassar handspun silk back in stock end of the week!

For those of you waiting by the door for the new arrival of our very popular wild silk yarn... it is on its way and should be here by Saturday at the very latest! Order yours now it sells out fast... VERY fast! Our beautiful organic nettle yarn is on its way too! Handspun natural yarns all handmade in India in mud pots with a drop spindle!  Not only do we strongly support sustainable living, but we also aid the continuation of hand spinning keeping ancient crafts alive.

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Crochet coaster basic DIY pattern!

Many of you have been asking me for a simple DIY pattern for the crochet coasters using the sari silk ribbon (any colour) so here goes! You will need: Crochet hook. I use a 10 mm keep the ribbon loose. Sari silk ribbon yarn. 1 ball.  Any colours, same result.  Instructions: To make the round you can start with a magic circle, or make a slip knot. I like to use a chain as I think it is easier for beginners. You can refer to Youtube videos for online help with this DIY pattern. I find it very very useful if you are just starting. If you google how to crochet a flat circle you will find a number of videos...

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Aggeliki - The textile artist and weaver behind Alfa Handmade.

Minimalist art can be described as a 'personal expression of a gifted individual'. That is what the Tate Modern says anyway and I couldn't agree more. This personal expression offers the world great aesthetic delights. Minimalism for me is huge, it always ignites something within me. I love it, my home is filled with it and I want to share the work of this talented textile artist Aggeliki here on the blog.  Aggeliki, an Athens based textile artist is one of those individuals. She produces beautiful minimalist pieces of textile art for the home along with textile jewellery through weaving. She works on freeform. She says the warped loom is an empty canvas for her where she is guided by the grains and the...

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