Kewl peeps doing kewl things: Our Social Fabric

Welcome to a new feature I'm adding to my blog, Kewl peeps doing kewl things. In my crafting and upcycling travels, I've met some pretty darn awesome makers. Whether it's making nifty stuff out of 'junk' or being part of making community happen, these are a few of the peeps that have inspired me. And I hope they'll inspire you!

Next up is the kewl and awesome non-profit Vancouver group Our Social Fabric. OSF helps recycle excess fabric from manufacturers, the movie industry and more. Through monthly sales, they put the fabric into the hands of creators in our community while helping divert still-functional textiles from landfills. Here's an eye opening stat...

Textiles are one the most common household items and represent a staggering proportion of the solid wastestream: approximately 16kg per person, or a total of 33,600 tonnes in Metro Vancouver in 2006.

Recently OSF moved into a new store space at 340 - 1275 Venables Street and it is filled with fabulous fabrics rescued from the landfill. I just had to check it out!

Thankfully they have signs directing you to the new space once you get into 1275 Venables Street.

It's a bright space filled with awesomeness...

You can find just about anything at OSF...

Loads of spools of thread. Sometimes you luck out with vintage finds... Thread on wooden spools. Perfect for upcycling once you've finished with the thread!

Tons of old gently used patterns to try out.

There's even upcycled fabric art on the walls. This one used lace, zippers and fabric. It's stunning!

The walls are filled with FAB upcycling inspiration like these burlap canvases with button letters.

And who knows! You may just run into a crafty, upcycling peep like my new BFF Denise from Hello Beautiful Textile and Ceramic Creations. Denise volunteers with OSF, crafts with 'junk' and works with Common Thread. She's kicking craft butt.

If you're a sewer, maker and/or upcycler ya gotta drop by Our Social Fabric. Their sales are a win-win - great prices, one-of-a-kind finds and they do good.

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