TashaMillerGriffith

Tutorials and small batch, artisan & upcycled textiles

Flagstaff, Arizona · 255 Sales

TashaMillerGriffith

Tutorials and small batch, artisan & upcycled textiles

Flagstaff, Arizona 255 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   I'm home until September, so let me know if there's anything you're looking for ... Find free tutorials, inspiration, and musings on being a maker in the modern world on my blog at https://tashamillergriffith.com/

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Last updated on Jul 6, 2018

I'm home until September, so let me know if there's anything you're looking for ... Find free tutorials, inspiration, and musings on being a maker in the modern world on my blog at https://tashamillergriffith.com/

Tasha Miller Griffith

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Tasha Miller Griffith

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About

A Needle and Thread, Some Wool, Some Empowerment

All of the items in my shop are like pieces of my history, of the things that are important to me, of my hopes for the world.

I have been sewing since I was a little kid, thanks to my mom. I started felting as an adult, searching for something sustainable, something I could make in a short enough time to sell it for a reasonable price. Felting is magical. With just your hands and a little warm water, you can transform the fluffiest bits of wool into the most amazing sturdy & sculptable fabric. I started wet felting, and then experimenting with designing and sewing bags made from recycled wool garments. Eventually I tried making a hat for my niece out of some cashmere I somehow had . . . that one hat grew into the Fiddleheads hats, which are available in a few independent craft galleries around the country.

In 2008, I started teaching sewing and knitting to students in my hometown. I've now taught at fiber festivals around the region, and at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. I think that of all the things I could do with my life, empowering more people to make something for themselves might be one of the best. It's also one which could have a big impact on our economy and our world. To that end I also offer tutorials & e-books to help people everywhere start sewing and felting.

Authenticity and originality are important to me. Everything in my shop is of my own design and authorship. I still physically make almost everything myself from start to finish (including illustrations).

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  • Tasha

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I consider myself lucky to have grown up in a family which encourages and values craftsmanship. Out of this background my passions for fiber, teaching, inventiveness and just plain having a great time making something with your hands evolve.

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Last updated on February 15, 2015
Welcome to my Etsy shop! My six word memoir is "take stale bread, make French toast." You can read my about page, or for more of my tutorials, inspirations, and thoughts on being a maker in the modern world, please visit my blog at tashamillergriffith.com

I am open to wholesale and consignment inquiries, please contact me.

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Returns and exchanges
I intend my work to be quality and to last for years. If you have a problem or question about your purchase, please contact me! I will replace or repair items lost or damaged in shipping, or that fail because of something I did. If your dog eats it, I would be happy to fix that as well, for a small charge.
Payment
I accept PayPal and direct credit card payments. I will accept personal checks or money order, but you must be willing to wait until the check or money order clears the bank cleanly before I ship your item.
AZ residents must pay state sales tax.
Shipping
I usually ship USPS fist class. Contact me to request faster shipping, insurance, etc., I am happy to provide it. International buyers, please be aware that you are responsible for paying all import duty, tax and/or fees which may be required by your country when your package arrives.
Additional policies and FAQs
FAQ: What is the difference between wet felting, knitting and felting, recycled felt, etc.?

A: True "wet felting" involves making fabric, in flat or 3-D shapes, starting with just brushed wool. No sewing, knitting or stitching is involved, every piece is attached at the same time the felt is made and thus is permanently fused into the whole. Hot water, a little soap and a LOT of agitation in the form of rubbing and rolling are all that is used. If you look closely at some of my wet felted bags, you can see a “shadow” where some of the fibers from the inner layer have migrated all the way to the top layer around the bottom and sides.

Recycled felt, and knitting and felting, employ the same natural process, but starting with yarn and fabric that is already made. If you have ever washed a wool sweater in the washing machine by accident, and it came out tiny and stiff, you are familiar with this type of felting. Many knitters make their projects much bigger and looser than normal, to allow for lots of shrinkage in the felting process. Woven fabric can also be finished this way, the historical term is "fulling" which is also used by wet felters to mean the second (shrinking) stage of the felting process.

Needle felting (which I don't do) is a dry process, using a barbed needle. It allows for very fine sculptural effects with a small amount of wool, but is generally not durable enough for to hold together in a hard-wearing item.

If you have more questions, I am happy to answer them, just let me know!