As you may know, Shirley is a lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art and her students have recently started a project in collaboration with Jutexpo, the UK's leading ethical bag supplier.

The undergraduate students are designing a range of bags with an ethical/sustainable focus to be judged competitively, in two categories, by Jutexpo.

Each student is designing a "bag for life" for a charity of their choice.

Textiles students and their chosen charities Images courtesy of Textiles students

Textiles students and their chosen charities. Images courtesy of Textiles students.

Durable textiles are a passion for Shirley McLauchlan who's acclaimed hand stitiched goods feature on this web site.

"We're delighted to be working with ECA for the second time on this exciting project. I'm looking forward to some innovative, structured designs that really capture the best aspect of the chosen charities".
Sam Turner, Compliance Director at Jutexpo



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Hampton CourtHad a great time at the Hampton Court Handmade Fair, meeting lots of interesting people including event organiser Kirstie Allsopp. I was signing copies of Girls Get Stitching, and talking about all sorts of crafty design ideas. We hope it returns next year!


Were you there? What was your favourite bit?

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Some pictures and press coverage from the latest #loveyourclothes events in John Lewis Glasgow and Aberdeen. Love Your Clothes aims to raise awareness of the value of clothes and help us make the most of the clothes we already have. You can follow them on Twitter to find out more - @loveyourclothes.















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Wow! Amazed and delighted to see how American designer Rachel Ashwell incorporated my blanket commision into Hollywood actress Jessica Simpson's nursery. View all the pictures at US Weekly.

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This week I was on the radio talking about the #loveyourclothes initiative to encourage people to upcycle clothing. You can have a listen on iPlayer here! (Seek to around 1:24:40).

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