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Winter Craft Coach and $25 credit to Ragfinery

Item Number
Estimated Value
$75 USD
$55 USD to cc9ad838a
Number of Bids
4  -  Bid History

Item Description

Join local fabric artist, Libby Chenault, for this one of a kind crafting experience. Libby will be your craft coach as you exercise your creativity this winter. Bring your Pinterest boards and dog eared copies of Martha Stewart to the Ragfinery where Libby will help you customize and adapt a project for your skills, style, equipment and time. You and Libby will browse through the treasures at Bellingham's newest upcycling destination, Ragfinery with a $25 credit, to pick the materials for your project.  After your afternoon getting started, Libby will follow up via email with resources and encouragement to help you complete your project this winter.

Libby Chenault  makes remarkable recycled stuffed animals, hats and accessories as moth and squirrel. Also a passionate craft dabbler, she has experience with many fiber arts from knitting, embroidery and felting to silkscreen, block printing and more. She has taught arts and crafts for over a decade including classes for children and adults with disabilities. She knows that everyone has the potential to make something beautiful and meaningful with their own hands.

Ragfinery opened in April 2014 as the second "jobs from waste" business of ReUse Works. We divert unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycle them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools.

We collaborate with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective.

We also teach our worker trainees and community members the traditional skills of identifying fabric values, cutting, sewing, weaving, and creatively re-purposing post-consumer textiles into products of value.

Ragfinery is designed to be a self-sustaining business with earned revenues coming from the sale of fabric and upcycled goods plus revenues from workshop fees and artisan support services. Our business model has been successful at our sister business, Appliance Depot, which was established as a nonprofit training business in 2005 and operates without outside subsidy. Both are projects of ReUse Works.

Item Special Note

Call or email Libby to schedule your consultation. Initial one hour coaching session will happen at Ragfinery during business hours Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Expires March 31, 2015.

360.441.9584 or

$25 credit to Ragfinery may be used during your coaching session or carried over for future projects.

Donated By:

Moth And Squirrel

Moth And Squirrel

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