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Dec 9

Sustainability Challenge

December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PGHW is introducing a “sustainability” challenge for all our members!

Our August member meetings talk by Gigi Matthews, began by focusing on negative environmental impacts the production of textiles and their use has on the environment. The second part was full of inspiring and creative efforts under way to remedy some of the problems. 

Here is a link to Gigi Matthew’s talk:    https://youtu.be/aoSSEeJ9P9c

So what’s the challenge?

To participate in the challenge, let’s start by considering sustainability related changes we are trying to make, or have made in our work, which may include:

  • the way we think about how our craft or art impacts the environment, present and future
  • the way we think about fiber and materials, including dye materials and what part ends up in landfills 
  • modifications we’ve made in the processes and techniques we use to make our work more sustainable

Our choice of materials is virtually unlimited. Among the possibilities are:

    • re-used/recycled/up-cycled materials, possibly thrums or yarn from our stash (or wardrobe)…
    • paper/plastic/metallics…
    • fiber from small farms or endangered/rare-breed sheep
    • novel environmentally safe dye materials

Your challenge piece can be made by:

  • weaving on any type of loom, including multi-shaft, rigid heddle, frame, zoom, and pin looms…
  • knitting, crocheting, stitching, mending, patching…
  • boro, sakiori, rag weaving, fabric collage…
  • spinning, dyeing…
  • really, just have fun creating with any fiber art!

Explore, explore, explore—the possibilities are endless! Any size welcome!!

To participate,  send two photos to [email protected] by Tuesday, Dec. 7;

Please note: one photo should show the entire piece and the other a detail.

Photos can be taken with a phone and emailed in large format. At the show and tell, members will describe their work and process, and discuss the relationship of the work to the challenges theme. 

The challenge concludes on Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. with a show-and-tell slide presentation.

Questions? Contact Charlotte ([email protected]).


“Sustainability is the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity.”  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec;   http://www.mcgill.ca/


December 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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