Press Release

Sustain in Style

A whole new generation of savvy crafters have been dusting off their old sewing machines in a bid to lead greener lives through sustainable stitching. Pocket-friendly as well and eco-friendly, making one-off pieces for yourself and your home is becoming increasingly popular.

Designer-maker Ruth Singer, who works exclusively with recycled, natural and eco-friendly fibres claims sustainable sewing doesn’t mean sacrificing style: ‘There is no reason why sewing eco should be any less stylish than non-eco. In fact it could be more stylish, using vintage fabrics and beautiful natural fibres.’

In her new book, Sew Eco, she looks at sourcing eco fabrics, re-using old clothes and vintage textiles, restyling your clothes and thinking outside the box on how to make your life greener and more stylish. Filled with 20 fabulous projects, from patchwork chair seat covers and suede cushions to embellished shawls and zip purses, the book guides you through restyling skirts, spicing up coats and transforming old hats, with plenty of top hints and tips along the way. This summer’s must-have accessory for sewers everywhere, this practical guide puts a trendy twist on eco sewing and will inspire anyone with an interest in eco friendly textiles.

About the author: Ruth Singer is an accomplished designer-maker who has exhibited widely in the UK. She teaches textile techniques for all ages, has contributed to many publications, including The Guardian Guide to Craft, and is the author of Sew It Up. Ruth’s work can be seen at If you would like to interview Ruth, or for extract rights, review copies or competition
copies please contact Ellen Williams at or call 0207 494 8533.

Sew Eco
Published by A&C Black, 1 July 2010
978-1-4081-0274-8 • £16.99 paperback

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