So you're new to fiber arts ...
Maybe you just learned to knit or crochet. Maybe you've taken up handspinning. Maybe you just bought your first floor loom, and are deep-diving into weaving...
What do you do? Buy fiber! Buy yarn!
And what else do you do? Search for things like "alpacas," "sheep breeds," and "goat parkour videos." When folks get into fiber arts, they have a tendency to simultaneously fall in love with the animals used for fiber, and also begin inadvertently exploiting them in new ways. They often don't know about the cruelty that goes into mass production of animal fiber and yarn.
Seed to Shawl is here to help.
Seed to Shawl aims to bridge the knowledge gap between "omg goats are SO FRAKKIN CUTE" and "omg does buying this mohair yarn promote cruelty towards goats?"
Learning about fiber arts is an exercise in learning about the production methods that underlie our most basic resources -- how things like rope, paper, clothing, and bedding are made. When folks get into fiber arts, they start seeing everyday objects with a fresh pair of eyes. They ask questions, like, "I wonder what this is made of? And who made it? And how?" With childlike curiousity about the world, this is the perfect opportunity to consider where objects come from, how they're made, and if anyone suffered in the process.
Sometimes the answers are alarming! There is a lot of cruelty in the textile industries -- stuff you most likely don't want to support. I don't know any artists who want to hurt other animals. But I do know some who lack the information needed to choose cruelty-free products and make awesome vegan textiles.
Thus, this site is a gateway into animal protection issues and a resource for making animal-friendly art.
Our audience is artists, not vegans.
Maybe you've never thought of going vegan. Maybe you've been vegan for 30 years. Maybe you think all vegans are radicals. Maybe you think all vegans are heroes. Those opinions are totally irrelevant to how you use this site. This site will help you learn skills like: spinning cotton yarn, dyeing nylon, and crocheting blankets. You probably found this site because you searched for something like "how to avoid slubs in handspun cotton." That's the kind of stuff we're here to help with!
Though, we do hope you'll go on to search for other things, like, "mulesing" and "live export of sheep." We hope that this site is an inspiration to learn more about what's at stake with your consumer decisions, how to make more cruelty-free choices, and how easy it can be to choose to love (not hurt!) other animals.