A Wool Story

sustainable textile studio

un•BRIDE•led 2017 and the beginning of wedding textiles

Natural DyeingMeghan NavoyComment

10' long recycled cotton and hemp table runners hand dyed a soft brown for the event

little pieces of silk ribbon dyed a soft brown tied the menu pages together. Menus by Leah Moss and photo by Benjamin David

little pieces of silk ribbon dyed a soft brown tied the menu pages together. Menus by Leah Moss and photo by Benjamin David

All the vendors' names were laser cut into reclaimed wood and hung on jute rope. I looved this.

All the vendors' names were laser cut into reclaimed wood and hung on jute rope. I looved this.

120' of hand dyed table runners!

120' of hand dyed table runners!

This last May I participated in Detroit Cultivate's wedding reverie event called un•BRIDE•led. It was my first venture into the wedding world and such a fun event to be a part of. Haley of Detroit Cultivated put on un•BRIDE•led to bring together local Detroit owned businesses that provide wedding materials and services all in one place for brides and grooms to meet and find for their wedding needs.

For the promo photo shoot I dyed silk ribbon and linen table cloths a soft pink. We shot it in the VERY chilly Stroh's warehouse in early March. It was so much fun to meet other wedding industry small businesses owners like Bissou Bridal, Pot and Box, Passionflower Sue, The Royce, Alchemy Henna, Kathryn Ann Bridal Veils, Detroit Rose, Leah MossWolf Moon Mixers and so many more! It was so much fun to work together to collaborate on creating an old warehouse into a beautiful dining table. I love how Benjamin David's photos came out and it was so much fun setting aside my normal A Wool Story work to create some new linens and hand dyed silk ribbons.

 

For the event in May, I created twelve 10' long recycled cotton and hemp table runners and silk ribbon dyed a soft brown to go with the earthy aesthetic of the event. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun! It's so much fun to work together to create a vision and a color scheme to transport the guests into a magical experience with farm to table food and baked goods by Sweet Heather Anne and Bon Bon Bon that are literal works of art as sweets. Leah Moss used the silk ribbon I dyed to tie together the menu pamphlet and vellum cover page. It looked so lovely!! She's such a talented illustrator and calligrapher. 

I really look forward to creating more naturally dyed silk ribbons and table linens for more weddings and special events in the future! It's such an honor to be included in a couples' special day.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixers and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixers and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy name cards by Leah Moss.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy name cards by Leah Moss.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixer and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Cocktail by Wolf Moon Mixer and Detroit Distillery.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy on the name card by Leah Moss, photo by Benjamin David.

naturally dyed silk ribbon to tie the flatware and matching linen napkins. Calligraphy on the name card by Leah Moss, photo by Benjamin David.

places in detroit that i like to go

DetroitMeghan Navoy1 Comment
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Hello everyone!

My friend is coming to visit Detroit for the very first time and I got to thinking of things we should do while she's in town. I started making a list of places I like to go in Detroit and decided I should make it into a blog post! So here we go - divided by category and neighborhood. I would love any of your recommendations of anything I'm leaving out as I have only lived in Detroit for 1.5 years and am still a newbie.

Belle Isle

Belle Isle

Belle Isle Conservatory

Belle Isle Conservatory

restaurants

Corktown

  • gold cash gold
  • brooklyn street local
  • green dot stables
  • katoi

Midtown

  • Selden Standard
  • jolly pumpkin

Dearborn

  • Cedarland

East Side

  • Roses Fine Foods

EASTERN MARKET

  • Supino's
  • Antietam

Downtown

  • Republic
  • Wright and Co

Hamtramck

  • Polish Village Cafe
  • Yemen Cafe

Mexicantown

  • taqueria el rey
  • tamalaria neuvo leon
Corktown

Corktown

  coffee shops & cafes

astro coffee

astro coffee

Corktown

  • astro coffee
  • anthology
  • the farmer's hand

Eastern Market

  • Cairo Coffee

Midtown

  • Avalon Bakery

Eastern Market

  • Trinosophes

Jefferson Chalmers

  • Coffee &

West Village

  • Sister Pie
  • The Red Hook
Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

John K King Bookstore

John K King Bookstore

Bars

Hamtramck

  • bumbo's
  • whiskey in the jar
  • the painted lady
  • small's

Corktown

  •  ufo factory
  • motor city wine
  • two james
  • PJ's Lager House
  • LJ's

Midtown

  •  bronx bar
  • honest john's
  • selden standard
  • the old miami
  • temple bar

Downtown

  • standby
  • queen's bar
  • grand trunk pub

West Village

  • craft work

EAST SIDE

  • bakers keyboard lounge

 

Dabl's African Bead Museum

Dabl's African Bead Museum

michigan station

michigan station

culture

  •  dequindre cut
  • the masonic temple
  • the heidelberg project
  • walking around historic neighborhoods like boston edison, indian village and arden park
  • detroit historical museum
  • detroit film theatre
  • cinema detroit
  • the fisher building
  • motown museum
  • museum of african american history
  • detroit institute of arts
  • mocad
  • redford theatre
  • detroit riverwalk
  • belle isle
  • belle isle conservatory
  • detroit public library
  • african bead museum
The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project

 

shops

hello records

hello records

North End

  • Value world

Downtown

  • Detroit is the New Black

East Side

  • Pewabic

  • Detroit Denim

Corktown

  • Mama Coo's Boutique
  • hello records
  • eldorado general store

Midtown

  • nora
  • Nest
  • city bird
  • third man records
  • shinola
  • Detroit Clothing Circle

Riverfront

  • john k king used bookstore

Royal Oak

  • lost and found vintage

Eastern Market

  • cheap charlie's
  • simplified 
  • people's records
Lost and Found Vintage

Lost and Found Vintage

eldorado general store

eldorado general store

2016, a year in review

PersonalMeghan Navoy1 Comment

2016

started working in the service industry

thought more about how food makes me body feel

felt guilty for not 'doing it all', still working on this

struggled with balancing my job with my art and general feeling of busyness

had an article published in a magazine

struggled with finding time for artist dates and exercise

learned more about natural dyeing

learned how to garden, grew my own food

made my first zines

realized i have so many things i want to make and learn

expanded a wool story into more than just knitwear

got a knitting machine and learned how to use it

tried learning new things fast and mindlessly, realized I have to slow down and pay attention in order to learn

sold at more markets - am still on the fence about how i feel about doing these

started driving a lot more, bummed to not have made time for walking or biking as transportation

cut off all my hair

supported brands I have been admiring for a long time and started building my dream capsule wardrobe

started teaching classes

voted for the first time

made 100 potholders in 3 weeks

attempted to read and write daily - still working on this

spent more time with my family

my grandma passed away

spent more time with my partner, lived a whole year together

was in the new york times

made new friends and spent time with old friends 

i lived a whole year in detroit

 

thanks for all the support and love in 2016 - looking forward to positive change and growth in 2017 //

sliding scale sale

SaleMeghan NavoyComment

I have struggled with the concept of sustainably and ethically made goods as being available only to those who can afford to choose to pay 'more' to spare our environment and quality of life for manufacturers. I want to be inclusive and encourage sustainable practices for everyone, wherever they’re at financially (as much as I can). A couple of pieces that discuss this really well are this piece by Elizabeth Suzann (goddess) and this interview on Magnifeco Radio with Moriah Carlson

 I am a huge believer in owning fewer items and spending more on pricier, thoughtfully & ethically made pieces. Despite this, I know that my products may be out of reach for those who really appreciate an item made with care and will last years to come. I’ve decided to offer a selection of pieces on a sliding scale of prices for a limited time - pay what you can between $50-$80. If you’ve been thinking of purchasing but it’s a bit out of your budget, here’s your opportunity. 

 Thanks again to everyone who has supported A Wool Story and continued to prove that sustainably and ethically made goods are what people care about and want to own. 

Below are the items available in the sliding scale pricing. Click the 'purchase' button to enter a price you would like to pay. Today, January 9th through Wednesday January 11th.

purchase
timberline beanie in charcoal

timberline beanie in charcoal

timberline beanie in marled grey

timberline beanie in marled grey

timberline beanie in navy

timberline beanie in navy

timberline beanie in maroon (1 available)

timberline beanie in maroon (1 available)

garter pom hat in navy // grey

garter pom hat in navy // grey

pine forest mittens // grey portland mittens

pine forest mittens // grey portland mittens