Tiger Green Blog
We have been really pleased with the interest and support we have received for our project - recycling unwanted clothing and fabric into beautiful craft, gift and home ware items. We work in and with the community to offer opportunites to learn and share skills.
We have an enormous amount of materials to recycle and are currently working with the Dorcas Life - Group. The ladies are helping us to produce Shopper Bags that are utilising pre loved bedding and vintage fabrics.
This activity supports the group and helps us build our stock, as all items we sell support the costs of running our project.
If you are wondering who the Dorcas Life - Group are here is an overview from Paulette Thoms the group leader:
Tiger Green Textiles is a community project run by Tiger Community Enterprise CIC, who support enterprise and local organisations to grow.
The textiles project takes unwanted fabrics, clothing and haberdashery and recycles them into a range of crafts, gifts and soft furnishings.
We encourage volunteers from the local community to come and join us in our quest to recycle the donated materials. Working as a team we pool ideas and skills to produce some lovely items, turning ‘rags into riches’.
What’s in it for our volunteers?
Apart from the fun and opportunity to make new friends (some would say the most important part), there is also the opportunity to learn new skills and build self confidence.
Whether you’ve never used a sewing machine and would like to start, or have skills already, there is always something to learn – a new sewing technique, what that machine foot is for that you’ve never used, a different way to construct a bag etc.
There are lots of opportunities for volunteers to flex their creative muscles, and share ideas.
Then there’s the feel good factor. You are doing your small bit for the planet – recycling and reusing materials reduces the pressure on landfill sites, it also saves resources, as it uses less energy to recycle materials than it does to produce new materials. You are also supporting your local community.
We are working in partnership with R.E.A.C.H (Reaching Everyone And Changing Horizons), friends of Disability Direct Nottingham. Our workshops are designed to empower participants and encourage engagement across all abilities and ages.
Our community workshops are free to attend. In order to fund the costs of the project we sell the products we make. Participants can purchase items they make at the workshops for a donation to the project. We also sell through our online shop, our etsy shop, direct sales and via The Shop at Sneinton Market. We will also be attending events over the coming months.
We are always happy to talk to supporters who want to find out more about the project or offer donations. You can get in touch with Toni at Tiger Community Enterprise for more information – email@example.com
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We will be running Textile Recycling Workshops at Disability Direct, Old Basford Community Centre, in 2017.
They will run fortnightly on Saturdays starting 14 January.
Taking donated materials, we will be recycling them into crafts and gift items. There will be lots of opportunity for volunteers to flex their creative muscles.
Our community workshops are free to attend so why not come and join us at our next workshop:
Saturday 14 January – 11am – 2pm
Saturday 28 January – 11am – 2pm
Saturday 11 February – 11am – 2pm
Saturday 25 February – 11am – 2pm
Disability Direct Nottingham, Old Basford Community Centre, Bramble Close, NG6 0QG
The project takes donated clothing, fabrics and haberdashery and gives them a new lease of life. Working as a team, the workshops provide an opportunity for people of all abilities and skill levels to make wonderful products which will then be sold to support the project – you are also welcome to purchase items made on the day.
v Learn a new life skill
v Share your skills
v Make new friends
v Help to give discarded clothing and fabrics a new lease of life
v Have fun!
We will be making a range of craft items and it will be a team effort – so creative ideas are welcome.
We are looking for project supporters and would welcome donations of clothing, fabrics, haberdashery and anything else that we can recycle into something new, or even a sewing machine. Get in touch with Toni for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org
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We've had loads of fun at our Workshops and Community Making Days.
It's so great to see all those smiling faces as our participants learn something new and make new friends. Gossiping about sewing techniques, how they learned to craft, sharing ideas and what they've made in the past.
Everyone has been pitching in with ideas and trying out new things.
Some of the results are now available to buy in our store, all proceeds contribute to running the project.
Big thanks to our partners REACH (reaching everyone and changing horizons) and Disability Direct Nottingham who have provided the venue, which is perfect for our disabled people.
Our next dates at Disability Direct Nottingham are:
Saturday 12 November - 11am - 2pm
Saturday 26 November - 11am - 2pm
Saturday 10 December - 11am - 2pm
Our workshops are free to attend and all abilities and skill levels are welcome.
Let us know if you are coming: