Black Dog Textiles

Recycling with creativity and imagination in the community

I love fabric (the colours, the textures and even the smells). Fabrics send me back in time to the child who wanted to collect all that was pretty and shiny. I am amazed and delighted by the fabrics created by the modern textile industry and one of my desires is to pass on some of my childhood delight to other people. But so much fabric is wasted by the textile industry and its consumers that another keen desire of mine is to counteract some of this waste.

This fabric, which might want to be a picture, is one of my latest ventures. It is constucted from tiny scraps of fabric. You can see more of this process on Facebook

A typical Black Dog bag is made from fabric scraps (off-cuts from a kilt for example) waste plastic packaging, shock-cord remnants and second-hand buttons.

very small samples of curtain and upholstery fabric in a colour range of caramel, light brown and grey diagonal view of a small wedge shaped bag "Creme caramel" with handles and a loop and button fastener reverse view of the bag showing its stripy material close view of the mother-of-pearl button and its silk loop fastener

These tiny pages from fabric sample books are typical of the waste produced by the textile industry. I used my imagination and eye for colour to create a whole "almost edible" range of bags which used them. You can see more of them in the the gallery

"Iced Latte" a smallwedge shaped bag in ice blue, caramel and coffee "Mint Julep", small triangular horizontal wedge bag made from kingfisher blue, royal blue and shot grey material "Blueberry Pie", a small bag made from blue/purple and cerise small fabric samples

Individuals and businesses have all recycled fabric by donating it to Black Dog Textiles. (see links) Thank you all for helping me recycle and rescue so much!