About


Hi! I'm Emily. I'm a maker and educator living in Austin, TX and the gal behind The Morose Bee. 

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The Morose Bee started in my college dorm room in 2008 as a creative outlet in between studying and working. My early products were mostly up-cycled items and vintage finds, but as time went on I began to explore new materials from ceramics to textiles. 

I noticed with each new project I would undertake left me feeling like I was only contributing to climate change. Frustrated that it seemed like there was so much low quality, synthetic, and harmful products filling craft stores, I knew it was time for The Morose Bee to offer something more. While I still love making handmade items from time to time, The Morose Bee is now primarily a place to shop or tradi sustainable fabric and notions. 

I believe that makers shouldn't have to choose between following their passion or their desire to live more sustainably. I strive to create a more eco-friendly shopping experience by offering sustainably made new products as well as secondhand materials and destash items.

I also host craft swaps with my friend Lizette from Creativity Lizette and we have expanded to Bee Creative Swaps and host maker swaps several times a year to engage in our creative community. We host 3-4 swaps per year and hope you'll join us for one!

Check out my shop, join a swap, and fuel your own creative process!

Give me a shout at themorosebee@gmail.com

More About Sustainability

It's no secret that the fashion and textile industry is one of the most pollutant in the world. As quilters, seamstresses, and crafty people, there's no reason for us to continue to contribute to that waste stream. 

Destash and Vintage
Did you know that Americans discard 13.1 million tons of textiles into landfill each year?! Source. There's no need to continue to be a part of that problem especially when you consider all the other materials we might be using as artists and makers. There are many great solutions out there for sustainable or secondhand clothing or furniture, but it can get a little harder to find quality options for secondhand art and craft supplies. The Morose Bee Destash Trade program allows you to send items from your stash to us in exchange for store credit. Nothing to exchange? No problem! Feel free to shop our continuously rotating selection of Destash and Vintage finds!

Organic Cotton
Okay sometimes you just need to buy something new because scrappy bits and destash materials just aren't enough to finish to your project. That's where our selection of organic cottons comes in! Farming of organic cotton verses conventional cotton reduces damage to the soil, air quality, and uses 71% less water, and 61% less energy. Source.