Tea-Dyed Hand Warmers

  Last year, Katie Canavan of Under the Red Umbrella created the Tea-Dyed Yarn for WORK+SHELTER. We loved it so much, we created the Tea-Dyed Hand-warmers. The artisans at WORK+SHELTER knit our classic hand-warmer pattern using yarns dyed in Darjeeling and Chamomile. You can read about the initial dyeing process on Katie’s blog, and order your Tea-Dyed Hand-Warmers on The Lotus...

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TIAW and the World of Difference awards

We are so excited  that W+S Co-Founder Namita Krul has been chosen by the International Alliance of Women to be a recipient of the World of Difference Award! She is one of only 100 women across the globe to be chosen for the award this year, which will culminate in an awards ceremony in Washington DC in March 2014. We are so thrilled that Namita has been recognized for all her work, and that her dedication to empowering women will be...

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W+S and Lydali

The artisans at WORK+ SHELTER have been busy creating these  Neon and Wood Bangles for Lydali,  a carefully curated online collection of fair-trade goods. We are so excited to work with them, and absolutely love the bangles. Make sure you check out Lydali, shop their gorgeous goods and order your bangle set...

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WORK+SHELTER’s new sewing machine!

WORK+SHELTER is the proud owner of a new single needle, lock stitch industrial sewing machine! Masterji came out to WORK+SHELTER to help install the machine and train the women. As the women use the machine, he will come to assist them with any questions or technical support they may need. We are so excited to start utilizing this machine. It will enable us to teach the women new schools and expand the products we can create for designers and...

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Christine of Beetle and Flor, WORK+SHELTER and salamanders for the Smithsonian.

WORK+SHELTER co-founder Namita Krul recently took a trip to WORK+SHELTER New Delhi to help with the start of a new order for Christine Facella of Beetle and Flor. Since Christine was traveling in India, the women were able to work on the order with her support. Christine and Namita visited Charu Creations to hand pick the fabric and materials for the salamanders the artisans at WORK+SHELTER are creating. The adorable Salamander the artisans...

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Interview with Andrea Soong

Andrea Soong was one of the initial Kickstarter funders for WORK+SHELTER. Recently she took a trip to New Delhi and got to visit WORK+SHELTER! We asked her a few questions about her experience there and what it meant to help start WORK+SHELTER   1. What drew you to be a kickstarter funder for WORK+SHELTER? Theresa is a good friend of mine from undergraduate days at Michigan. I must have seen something on Theresa’s (or the Lotus...

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Update from Caitlin Wicker of Sweatertoys!

We asked Caitlin Wicker of Sweatertoys to share her thoughts on working with WORK+SHELTER, read what she had to say! “I’ve really enjoyed working with WORK+SHELTER. I had been looking for an opportunity to expand my business but was always hesitant to outsource because I didn’t know where to begin. Anjali and Theresa are very involved in every step of the process, and are dedicated to ensuring that the finished product is...

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Hello Beautiful WORK+SHELTER Ladies!

Today we talked about the following, and more! : -Seema’s computer classes – her course has finished – has she been practicing? -How Renu likes W+S -Bangles we’re developing for a client -Experimental knit penguins and narwhals -The snowy weather in...

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Sourcing Story – Lindie and Friends

  WORK+SHELTER is working with Lindie and Friends! Creator Kara Lesondak answered some questions so you could get to know her and Lindie and Friends better! Read our interview and then visit the Lindie and Friend’s website and order yours today!   1. How did you come up with the idea for Lindie and Friends? Lindie & Friends/Crafty Kids was born out of my desire to combine my love of making toys with my background in...

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W+S Co-founder Namita on India, W+S and “My World”

  After a recent trip to WORK+SHELTER New Dehli with Theresa Vandermeer and Jorel Van Os, Namita Krul shared with us some of her notes on the progress at the shelter and some goals for the coming year. “I realized,after visiting the shelter once again, how much progress the ladies have made. Not only with the knitting quality but more importantly with building self-confidence. They are a happy group of ladies who are turning into a...

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Watch the interview with WORK+SHELTER founder Theresa Vandermeer from Working Woman Report here and hear the powerful story behind WORK+SHELTER, then make sure you visit The Lotus Odyssey and help us support the amazing women of WORK+SHELTER.    

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Madison Cowl

The women at WORK+SHELTER are busy working on the Madison Cowl ( with plenty of help from W+S Founder Jorel) These cowls will soon be available on The Lotus Odyssey, and the patterns are available for purchase on The Sweatshop Of Love.

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Working Hard in New Delhi

WORK+SHELTER Founders Theresa, Namita and Jorel are in New Dehli and wanted to share some pictures of their adventure! Check back soon for exciting new updates from WORK+SHELTER!  

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The Lotus Odyssey

Want to support WORK+SHELTER? Shop The Lotus Odyssey and experience Good Karma Luxury. You will not only find the gorgeous, hand knit goods created by the women at WORK+SHELTER, but soaps, made of organic ingredients in the Himalayas and  luxurious creams with apricot oil and pure essential oils. Hand- woven, wild-silk scarves in shimmering, iridescent colors are sure to enrich any wardrobe and our gold or white silver 50 turn bangles  make...

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Bookworm

Another adorable product made by the women of WORK+SHELTER, Bookworm, is here! Bookworm Bookworm is an adorable plush worm who has an affinity for books (hence the name), diverse human interaction, and exploring different cultures.  Bookworm embraces compassion for all people, no matter what shape, size, color, or type! Bookworm is very proud to be a bookworm and hopes you can take pride in who you are too! Bookworm will put an instant smile on...

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Rubina and WORK+SHELTER!

WORK+SHELTER has teamed up with Rubina to create these gorgeous cowls!  Read our interview with Rubina Founder,  Kari Litzmann, then visit the Rubina site to read more about this wonderful organization and order your super cozy Chevron Cowl today! 1. What is Rubina and how did it come about? Rubina sells accessory products exclusively made by designers collaborating with marginalized women...

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