Thursday, January 01, 2009

2009: International Year of Natural Fibres

By Leigh

Happy New Year!

I am not one to make much fuss about New Year resolutions. I figure there's no sense making promises to myself that I probably won't keep. The only resolution I do make every year is one I have never broken yet: I resolve not to make any New Year resolutions.

This year however, I am tempted to make one. Why? Because 2009 has been declared by the UN to be the International Year of Natural Fibres. I've never cared to wear synthetic fabrics, but as someone who does a fair amount of weaving with acrylics (especially scarves and afghans), it seems that it would be good to resolve to weave this year with natural fibers only.

So, this is a first for me, a real live New Year's resolution. The best part is, I think it will be very easy to keep.

Posted 4 Jan. 2009 at

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  1. Go for it, Leigh! Such a worthy Natural Fiber resolution is a great way to celebrate Natural Fibers.... who said New Year's Eve was the end of the party? We fibre lovers will show them!

  2. I'm not normally one for resolutions either. They sort of inspire me to start breaking them...

    But that is a most excellent one and I think it is easily within your reach! Happy New Year! Enjoy the Year of Natural Fibres!

  3. Happy New Year, Leigh.
    Natural year in fiber, what a great idea. I'm with you there's a place for all the fibers we have available to us natural, handmade or a blend of each.

  4. With this being the International Year of Natural Fibers things should be looking up! Happy New Year!

  5. What a great theme for a year. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with your resolution.

  6. Happy New Year Leigh! Here's wishing you happiness and success in your weaving dyeing and spinning for 2009. Working with natural fibres should be fun ;)

  7. hi Leigh, I am with you on the resolutions - as soon as I start thinking about that consciously - I am tempted to break them:) and anyway, why wait to change something for a special date - just get it over and done with as soon as you feel like it, that's my motto. about the natural fibres - it's a bit different for me. I use pretty much exclusively natural fibres in spinning and knitting by now - and just started to add a bit of sparkle here and there, which of course is totally "non-natural":)) but anyway - have a great year to come, no matter what fibres you use in your work!

  8. Happy New Year, and here's wishing for another successful year for you. Loved your series on Kaz's course. I hope I'll get to trying it in Feb...

  9. Leigh, I was so taken by the International Year of Natural Fibres I went right to their website and watched their movie. I was moved to write to them and ask them to comment on this:
    It is a very disturbing piece about the cotton industry. I also asked if they consider bamboo yarn a natural fiber. I will let you know what they say. I may have to switch back to silk!

  10. Um, I think I'm there unless rayon doesn't count. Wishing you the most Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious new year ever.

  11. Thank you for your blog Leigh.

    I've had some extra time (summer holidays here) so re-read your blog from the beginning. I've been weaving for a year now, and reading your blog regularly most of that time - but it's really different to review your activities and posts all at once as a whole. Of course I understand a lot more than I did a year ago, and there's probably at least as much more again that's still way over my head (maybe the re-read should be an annual tradition!). Summer and winter in particular is high on my to-do list.

    Best wishes for the new year.

  12. Happy New Year Leigh!

    Nice choice for a resoultion! I'm off to read the link and learn more about it...and most certainly, I am looking forward to learning from your posts in the coming year!

    Thanks for all you do ;-)

  13. What a neat resolution. Thanks for sharing!


  14. Happy New Year! I had heard someplace about the year of natural fiber. Now I know it wasn't a rumor. Thanks for posting that information. I was thinking that this year I would spin up all my roving and actually do something with it!! I just never know what to do. I am going to do better this year!


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