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Monday, September 10, 2012



It's interesting how businesses evolve.  And mine is doing just that.   I love working with fibers and spinning yarn and I also equally love finding new pretties for my spinning friends to experience and spark their creativity.

I have found a  few wonderful suppliers in India of colorful and rich ribbon yarns, cocoons, silk waste, silk salvedges and other silk delights.  They focus on working with women co-ops to provide a living for the poor women of India.  I have been asked many times "why not the USA...why not help people at home?"  The answer is quite complex.  The US has many resources for the poor to survive...medicaid, section 8 and food stamps.  In other third world countries the poor have no resources...they mearly die.  Poor women especially have a difficult time in these countries, for instance, women generally have poor nutrition eating only what is left after the men in the family eat first.  Which leads to malnutrition and poor health. Women are considered lower class and are often times abused and have no chance of schooling.

By buying products from fair trade companies we are all helping the poor women of India perfect a craft, bring money home to their families and put food on the table. It empowers these women to have self worth and self esteem, thereby,  being productive in society and being good role models for their children.  It's a great thing!

So know that when you are purchasing Camaj ribbon yarn, cocoons, silk salvedges or silk waste know you are helping a poor woman help herself and her family.

My friend, Ruth Pohl Hawkins, used this amazing sari silk ribbon yarn to create the most beautiful bag. She is so very talented.

I also used the ribbon to make a market bag and scarf.


I made a couple of changes to the pattern:
-  I only made mine 17 inches long..that is plenty long for this bag
-  I did two rows of single crochet to improve the strength of the handle.
-  My next bag I will single knit the last 4 or 5 rows to further strengthen the base of the bag.

A bowl of beautiful ribbon yarn

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  1. Boa noite!!
    Fiquei encantada com seus videos e vim te parabenizar pelo lindo trabalho adoro esses novelos coloridos e você faz uma mais lindo que o outro.
    Beijos Brasileiros Luciana

  2. We are producing 100% cotton yarn of several counts ranging from 10/s up to 40/s for knitting and weaving.
    yarn exporter in Pakistan
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    1. Hello! Please contact me at and give me more details
      Mary Egbert
      Camaj Fiber Arts