Saturday, April 7, 2012


This is the blog where I will be documenting my craftiness, my green thumb and all around smartness.  My goal this year is to create more, to be a producer instead of a consumer so this will be one aspect of that.  I have a few sewing creations that I've completed over the past year or two so I'll catch you up on those later, just so you can see where I'm coming from.  But this year I will aim to create at least ONE thing per month, whether it be knitting, sewing, crafting, etc...

But what inspired me to come here (even though the actual blog was created almost a year ago, this is my first post), was a Dutch website that creates African Print cloth.  Let me start off by saying this, I support people looking at markets and deciding how to make their niche, however, I do wish that we could get a stronger presence of African companies selling African Print cloth.  I made a trip into NYC a month or so ago to buy cloth and although the store was bursting at the seams with cloth being sold by Indians,  the majority of the stuff there was manufactured by the Dutch.  This is a big market both inside and outside of the African Continent, and it'd be nice if someone on the continent could tap into that a lot better than what I see today.

That being said, I was directed to a website today that made me drool. It was love at first site.  One, because of the beautiful cloth.  Two, because of the great ways that they're using it and how they're inspiring me to use it.  Vlisco is the website and my goodness, they're expensive.  But I guess I shouldn't be surprised, "The Vlisco strategy is aimed at enabling well-to-do African women to experience the brand in all her facets..." I figure I'll buy some of this "ankara" fabric after I've gone through my stash and feel that my skillz are up to the expensive challenge.  Plus, I'll want to have a specific event in mind in which to wear the beautiful creation to.

So that's it for now.  I will continue to expand my crafty knowledge and I'll bring you all along for the ride.  Pics and such soon come!