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Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics

Mar 3rd, 2018
Tile by tile: Debbie Dickinson builds community with mosaics

by Mary Vermillion The RE Store gets tile donations. A lot of tile. To be exact, in 2017, the Bellingham reclaimed and used building materials store sold 41,244 pounds of tile. The year before, it was nearly 55,000 pounds. When you have that much tile, you need a partner to help move through it all.
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Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Flora and Fauna Runway Challenge

Feb 20th, 2018

Ragfinery, Bellingham’s community hub for textile reuse, announces its much anticipated 4th annual runway “challenge,” this year titled Flora and Fauna, and seeks artists to participate. In conjunction with April’s Earth Day festivities, the theme celebrates our natural world in its elegance and wonder, challenging participants to design and construct costumes, garments, and accessories that
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Spincycle Yarns evolves with new mill

Dec 4th, 2017
Spincycle Yarns evolves with new mill

by Mary Vermillion Kate Burge and Rachel Price are crafting one of Bellingham’s most colorful businesses, Spincycle Yarns. With the purchase of their own mill, Burge and Price are evolving Spincycle and building a national and international following for their distinctive, hand-dyed yarn. A fiber artist since she was a child, Burge launched Spincycle in
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Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

Nov 1st, 2017
Pixie: How to knit this winter hat

by Corina Sahlin Since the cold weather, impending holiday season, and shorter days are upon us, it’s time to start knitting – or learn how to.  Whether you want to make gifts for loved ones or provide warm accessories for yourself, this pixie or elfin hat I designed is a perfect and very easy project
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Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Sewing Rodeo LIVE Sewing Challenge

Aug 15th, 2017

Ragfinery has a new event this fall for showcasing creative reuse, offering the Sewing Rodeo during two days in September. In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly 2-day LIVE sewing and design challenge. Teams will be given their design parameters, and have one evening to envision their project, doing a
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Rose water: Simple steps to make this refreshing skin tonic

Jul 5th, 2017
Rose water: Simple steps to make this refreshing skin tonic

by Corina Sahlin My little daughter and I worked in the garden for hours and decided to take a bath this afternoon to soothe our sore muscles. We added a major touch of luxury and lovely scent by adding rose water I had made a few days before, and for good measure we sprinkled some
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Calendula: How to make infused olive oil and salve

Jun 4th, 2017
Calendula: How to make infused olive oil and salve

by Corina Sahlin Calendula is a cheerful annual flower known for its beauty and medicinal qualities. I use it in my garden, for medicine and soap making. Cheesemakers and cooks used to add the petals to butter, cheese and custards to make them look more golden. Either grow the plants from seed and collect the
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Cirque du Couture: Ragfinery rolls out annual Runway Challenge fundraiser

May 5th, 2017

Local job-training and creative-reuse textile nonprofit Ragfinery (ragfinery.com) is hosting its 3rd annual Upcycle Runway Challenge Fundraiser. This year’s theme, Cirque du Couture, invites contestants to draw inspiration from the popular performance ensemble Cirque du Soleil, creating runway-ready creations out of anything they can find at Ragfinery. Contestants will walk the runway and showcase their
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Dyeing eggs with a leafy look

Mar 31st, 2017
Dyeing eggs with a leafy look

by Corina Sahlin Dyeing Easter eggs is an ancient tradition, and there are many methods of dying them. We all know the process of submerging eggs into synthetic easter egg dyes, but have you ever considered dyeing easter eggs naturally? My family has fallen in love with a technique involving red cabbage, vinegar, pantyhose and
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Gingerbread entries due Nov. 29

Nov 1st, 2016
Gingerbread entries due Nov. 29

BELLINGHAM – The deadline for submitting entry forms for the gingerbread house contest during the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Port Festival is Tuesday, Nov. 29. A number of categories are available for entry including youth, family, business, organization and others. Edible structures must be delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 30. All gingerbread houses will be auctioned
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