Fairtrade at the market

Welcome again to ReMade, our green Monday update, offering eco inspirations for a heavenly green summer.This week, something pretty special was unveiled in East Lothian. The Prestonpans Tapestry, inspired by Bayeaux and depicting the story of the last Jacobite victory at the Battle of Prestonpans, is finally finished. I’d like to say a BIG congratulations to my friends from the Craft Clinic and Betsy B who spent hundreds of hours stitching panels for the longest tapestry in the world. It’s an amazing community achievement and I’m really looking forward to seeing it – all 104m – when it returns home in September.

Scotland’s Housing Expo opened this weekend in Inverness. This huge event showcases 52 house designs of the future and aims to make good design and sustainable features commonplace in every home. And with 11 gardens and irrestible interiors, it promises to be a visionary event.

In case you missed the news, some really cool craft shops have opened in Edinburgh in recent days. The Spider and the Fly in 65 Bread Street is full of funky and fun crafts. Las chicas and I were particulary smitten by the Cut-Click mail art exhibition. And online jewellery retailer Hannah Zakari is now open at the bottom of Candlemaker Row. One word. Sublime. Watch out too for Craft House Concept which opens later this week in Minto Street.

If you like rummaging in charity shops, Musselburgh is the place. By the end of next week, there will be eight on High Street alone. From the overflowing Hearing Dogs for the Blind to the rather posh newcomer, British Heart Foundation, you’ll have an entertaining afternoon. If you live in Edinburgh, jump on a number 26 or 44 from Princes Street (make sure they go through Musselburgh, some stop in Joppa).

Thanks to friends on Facebook, I’ve discovered another fab magazine! oh comely is about people, their quirks and their creativity, rather than money and what it can buy. It’s a print magazine, available in shops and galleries in Edinburgh. However, there’s a stylish blog for you to follow and maybe get you hooked enough to subscribe. By the way, if you have a favourite design or craft magazine, let me know and I’ll happily pass your recommendation on.

Top tip! If you’re looking for free dressmaking patterns, try Burda Style. There are pages and pages of copyright free patterns, everything from skirts, tops and dresses to table napkins, purses and strapless bras!

Frugal Cool’s Eco Market and Summer Fête is less than two weeks away! I’m looking forward to seeing Green Gift Company again, returning by popular demand for all three days. This local company offers gifts such as jewellery, bags and scarves, homewares and bath goodies that have been made responsibly in developing countries. Contemporary style, ethical and a great price. Yho! Yho! joins the fun on Saturday 14 with a range of bright and original children’s clothing, handmade by small co-operatives and ethical businesses in South Africa.

Just in! Remade and upcycled fashion – and delicious fairly traded chocolate – from Ethics Girls will both tempt and inspire us. The team will be at Loretto on Sunday 15, although I’m hopeful we’ll have chocolate every day! Trash Furnishings will also show a selection of hand finished bespoke upcycled furniture. Beautifully crafted. Fun. I want it all.

Bespoke up-cycled mirrors by Trash Furnishings

Don’t forget our competition to win a work of textile art. And if you’ve missed any of our summer newsletters so far, I’ve decided to love them just a little longer and you’ll find links on the website.

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