Jay from Noonday Textiles and Jennifer Joy Creative is an organic fabric designer superstar. At Noonday Textiles, she sells hand-dyed organic hemp in beautiful colorways and patterns. I think the reason that her fabrics are so fun to work with is that she works with them herself. Her crafty business, Jennifer Joy Creative, sells handmade organic clothing and home decor items all made out of her own hemp fabrics.
Confession: I am a long-time fan (and customer!) of Jay’s. All of my hemp Lunch Kits used her hand-dyed hemp. Jay’s fabric is a joy to work with, and I’m thrilled that she was able to answer my 5 questions!
1. Tell me about how you got started crafting.
My crafting journey started at age 7 when my mom taught me how to sew. I took up sewing again seriously when I had my children and Jennifer Joy Creative was born. It has allowed me to stay at home with my kids, something I will always be grateful for. In 2009, I turned my sights to textiles and started Noonday Textiles. Hemp has always been my specialty and I love to be able to offer a wide variety of colors and patterns as well as turn people on to this amazing fiber.
2. What draws you to eco-friendly materials?
There is just a lovely quality about eco-friendly fabrics. Organic cotton is soft, luxurious, and you can often find organic cotton fabrics grown and made right here in the US. Hemp development has come such a long way that you can even find 100% hemp fabrics that are soft enough to wear next to your skin. Not to mention the hemp organic cotton and hemp silk blends…simply amazing. I’ll take these fabrics over a fancy synthetic any day!
3. What inspires you?
3. I’m inspired by different things all the time. Usually just a stroll through my garden is enough to spur an idea. Lately though, I’ve been gathering inspiration from vintage 40′s and 50′s patterns. Many of these are amazingly well suited to be constructed in eco-friendly fabrics.
4. Who are your crafty heroes?
My mom is my biggest crafty hero. That woman can do anything from wool rug braiding to sewing to broom-making and everything in between. I know if I ever get stuck on an idea, I can call her for inspiration.
5. Where can folks find your work?
I also have a blog.
And some Facebooks:
Hi there! My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Check out my new book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies!