Diana's philosophy is simple, "to design items that are fashionable, thoughtful, and creative. I use an array of materials in my work- vintage fabric, repurposed materials, organic textiles, and authentic fabrics from around our beautiful earth. To me, fabric is the fruit of life!"
You can see below how Diana's mission is is to create one-of-a-kind keepsakes that people connect to, "things they want to hold on to long after their little ones have outgrown them. I love to look at my mom's baby clothes and think of how cute she must have been wearing them, and how the only saved and cherished items didn't come from mass retailers, but instead were handmade by someone who truly cared."
The items on her etsy store are all so precious and carefully crafted, so I couldn't even choose what to showcase below. Plus they're all limited edition since they're handcrafted, so the selection changes often - you have to add her as a favorite shop on etsy so you know when she's added new items.
Here they not only make thoughtful products by hand but they also "focus on educating people about the art of hand-craft and about the good and bad processes that are used to create the textiles we come into contact with every day of our lives."
I personally love the softness of this chunky knit infinity scarf, made of undyed ivory alpaca. Can't you almost feel the softness through the screen?
Textile Creative creates clothing for adults and children, textiles for the home, dyestuffs and seeds, and hand-dyed yarns. In addition they offer original patterns and DIY kits so that you can explore the art of hand-craft in your own time, in your own space.
That's the beauty of a locally owned business, where the owner takes the time to make each work of art unique, and crafted with love.
Here are some of her yarns to the left. Love these gorgeous purple threads of NC-grown 100% alpaca, naturally dyed with cochineal. Diana didn't use any chemicals in the dyeing process, so you know the simple and natural quality of what you're getting instead of something out of a big box store, of unknown origin. Each skein is approximately 100 yards in length so you can make something yourself that's one of a kind too!
And if you're just starting out Diana teaches classes and workshops in and around Durham, sharing her skills with others. Textile Creative's events and workshops page has all you need to know about current offerings.
Textile Creative is also flexible to your needs, offering in-home tailoring for women and children, school-based workshops, and custom textile work.
There is no better time to shop Diana's amazing wares than the holidays and you can do just that today at the Holiday Patchwork Market TODAY! She's honoring the SoDu discount there as well! Head there now: https://www.facebook.com/events/599513093569981/
Cherish what you buy by celebrating the handiwork of local artist Diana Cathart, knowing you've got something hand grown, sewn, and made just for you.