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Scrapbox Challenge - Joanne Richards

A couple times a day for the next week or so you will find features right here about the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling by joining me for Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

I have been recycling textiles for about 30 years from when my girls were very young. It was originally to cut costs and it worked as it was easy to find great items at thrift shops and church sales. For many years I taught children(ages 5-12)sewing in an after school program. To cut costs,  we used discontinued fabric samples from furniture stores. As I made calls to inquire,

I learned that many companies toss the fabric samples into landfills. That not only broke my heart, about the waste of beautiful fabric pieces, but adding to landfills is an outrage.

So I added my name to a radius of stores that I can get to. And I share the fabric samples with art teachers and sewing programs, including use for good will sewing projects.


My passion is to keep textiles out of landfills and get them into creative re-purposing projects.

And to take more time for my own sewing projects.


I learned of Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge from your website. I have been a follower for quite a while. When you had your retail store in Great Barrington, I brought my daughters there, we browsed, loved all the bright fabric colors and were in awe at the possibilities for recycling wool fabrics.


For me, participation in this Challenge has taken me back to the how much I enjoy working with wool fabrics for hand sewing. I love the texture of wool and the ease of the stitches. I always let the fabrics speak to me in deciding what to do with the pieces. And that is fun!  In the

sunny warm weather, I often take my fabric pieces to the deck and lime them up to see how well they work together, and ideas just come from the fabrics.


My two biggest struggles are making time to work on projects, and with so many ideas, deciding on one idea is a challenge for me.


Three things that bring me joy are

1) working with children

2) working on a creative project

3) listening to music


I usually combine the three, giving children exposure to classical music and composers while we work on a sewing project with recycled materials.


As we venture forward, I look to continue to follow Crispina’s blog and instagram,

And would like to continue to see More videos on your techniques and creative ideas as you are truly an inspiration.


My challenge submission is a child’s play mat of under the sea with a sea shell and soft fish to play with.


Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am in awe of the creative projects I have seen so far and look forward to seeing all of the challenge projects.


Sincerely, Joanne Richards

Scrapbox Challenge - Joanne Richards

A couple times a day for the next week or so you will find features right here about the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling by joining me for Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

I have been recycling textiles for about 30 years from when my girls were very young. It was originally to cut costs and it worked as it was easy to find great items at thrift shops and church sales. For many years I taught children(ages 5-12)sewing in an after school program. To cut costs,  we used discontinued fabric samples from furniture stores. As I made calls to inquire,

I learned that many companies toss the fabric samples into landfills. That not only broke my heart, about the waste of beautiful fabric pieces, but adding to landfills is an outrage.

So I added my name to a radius of stores that I can get to. And I share the fabric samples with art teachers and sewing programs, including use for good will sewing projects.


My passion is to keep textiles out of landfills and get them into creative re-purposing projects.

And to take more time for my own sewing projects.


I learned of Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge from your website. I have been a follower for quite a while. When you had your retail store in Great Barrington, I brought my daughters there, we browsed, loved all the bright fabric colors and were in awe at the possibilities for recycling wool fabrics.


For me, participation in this Challenge has taken me back to the how much I enjoy working with wool fabrics for hand sewing. I love the texture of wool and the ease of the stitches. I always let the fabrics speak to me in deciding what to do with the pieces. And that is fun!  In the

sunny warm weather, I often take my fabric pieces to the deck and lime them up to see how well they work together, and ideas just come from the fabrics.


My two biggest struggles are making time to work on projects, and with so many ideas, deciding on one idea is a challenge for me.


Three things that bring me joy are

1) working with children

2) working on a creative project

3) listening to music


I usually combine the three, giving children exposure to classical music and composers while we work on a sewing project with recycled materials.


As we venture forward, I look to continue to follow Crispina’s blog and instagram,

And would like to continue to see More videos on your techniques and creative ideas as you are truly an inspiration.


My challenge submission is a child’s play mat of under the sea with a sea shell and soft fish to play with.


Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am in awe of the creative projects I have seen so far and look forward to seeing all of the challenge projects.


Sincerely, Joanne Richards

Scrapbox Challenge - Joanne Richards

A couple times a day for the next week or so you will find features right here about the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling by joining me for Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

I have been recycling textiles for about 30 years from when my girls were very young. It was originally to cut costs and it worked as it was easy to find great items at thrift shops and church sales. For many years I taught children(ages 5-12)sewing in an after school program. To cut costs,  we used discontinued fabric samples from furniture stores. As I made calls to inquire,

I learned that many companies toss the fabric samples into landfills. That not only broke my heart, about the waste of beautiful fabric pieces, but adding to landfills is an outrage.

So I added my name to a radius of stores that I can get to. And I share the fabric samples with art teachers and sewing programs, including use for good will sewing projects.


My passion is to keep textiles out of landfills and get them into creative re-purposing projects.

And to take more time for my own sewing projects.


I learned of Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge from your website. I have been a follower for quite a while. When you had your retail store in Great Barrington, I brought my daughters there, we browsed, loved all the bright fabric colors and were in awe at the possibilities for recycling wool fabrics.


For me, participation in this Challenge has taken me back to the how much I enjoy working with wool fabrics for hand sewing. I love the texture of wool and the ease of the stitches. I always let the fabrics speak to me in deciding what to do with the pieces. And that is fun!  In the

sunny warm weather, I often take my fabric pieces to the deck and lime them up to see how well they work together, and ideas just come from the fabrics.


My two biggest struggles are making time to work on projects, and with so many ideas, deciding on one idea is a challenge for me.


Three things that bring me joy are

1) working with children

2) working on a creative project

3) listening to music


I usually combine the three, giving children exposure to classical music and composers while we work on a sewing project with recycled materials.


As we venture forward, I look to continue to follow Crispina’s blog and instagram,

And would like to continue to see More videos on your techniques and creative ideas as you are truly an inspiration.


My challenge submission is a child’s play mat of under the sea with a sea shell and soft fish to play with.


Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I am in awe of the creative projects I have seen so far and look forward to seeing all of the challenge projects.


Sincerely, Joanne Richards

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