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Finding Her Voice

We live in an abundant world, yet almost half the world’s population still struggles to meet their most basic needs. That’s more than 3 billion people with gifts and talents and wisdom to contribute, but ...
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Fair Trade Partner Feature: Christine Winebrenner Irick

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Christine-740x925.jpgMeet Christine Winebrenner Irick, Fair Trade Partner, world traveler, and mother of three. She’s one of the winners of our Threads Family Values photo contest for capturing this beautiful moment of Abundant Joy & Wonder ...
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Fair Trade Gift Guide for Graduates

Looking for the perfect gift for the grads in your life this spring? We love what these five Fair Trade companies have to offer. We know your grads will, too! Pact We adore Pact’s ethical ...
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Let Threads help you celebrate teachers!

It’s true: teachers do love their coffee, but what if you skipped (or added to?) the Starbucks gift card this spring and gave the teachers in your life a piece of jewelry that captures the ...
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Our Humble Beginnings

“Kara, I know that this is the absolute worst time to tell you that I’ve figured out what we need to do with our business, but, I know what we need to do and I ...
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Empowering Trafficking Victims through Community

If you are anything like us, you have been devastated by the recent news coming out of the human trafficking sting in Florida. Men who are idolized by millions have been exploiting women to serve ...
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The Honradez Necklace and Its Guatemalan Roots

I am madly in love with the Honradez necklace, the anchor piece from our Honor Collection, made by our Artisan Partners in Guatemala. Every time I put the necklace on, I’m transported back to Guatemala ...
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Showing Up for Yourself on International Women’s Day

“So, what’s it going to take for us to move Threads to the next level?” I asked. I was in Guatemala with my co-founder Angela, our VP of sales, our marketing consultant, and a team ...
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Honor Ourselves to Honor the World

Honor Ourselves to Honor the World: Global transformation begins with inner transformation. We practice radical self-care as the key to being available and able to change the world. —Threads Family Value #2 Meet Loki, one ...
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Unirse (v): to join together, to come together, to unite

“Mommy, sometimes when I’m in my bed at night at Daddy’s house, I close my eyes really hard and pretend you are still there.” It’s been more than a year since I moved out, and ...
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Anything is possible TOGETHER

In the fall of 2017, I traveled to Central America with 15 Threads supporters—Ambassadors, staff, investors, and advisors—to visit our Artisan Partners in Guatemala. In Patulul, we gathered with a group of artisan women to ...
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Threads Denver Roadshow

Threads Denver Roadshow We just spent an incredible weekend with our Fair Trade Partners, Ambassadors (hostesses), and customers in Denver, celebrating the launch of our new Fall Community Collection. This was the first stop on ...
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Community for Immigration Reform

At first, I ignored it. There are too many 'big' things happening every day and I figured it was being blown out of proportion and would get resolved on its own. Then, I continued to ...
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Raw ~ Zen Parenting Radio Podcast

When I first booked the interview with Cathy and Todd for their Zen Parenting Radio Podcast, it seemed like a really good idea. I’ve been an admirer of their work and their mission ever since ...
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Founder Kara Weigand and her lovely daughters

Mothering My Way

I’ve been a mother for 9 years, which is about how long I’ve been convinced I’m doing it wrong. What seemed to come naturally to other mothers - scheduling play dates, packing snacks for long ...
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Founder Kara Weigand speaks her truth

My Radiant Truth

Seven months ago, I was drinking a glass of wine with my friend Kate. Kate is a fellow Fair Trade Partner at Threads, and just an all around amazing and radiant human being. We were ...
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Threads Founders Angela and Kara with Maria Pacheco

Meet Maria Pacheco

Meet Maria Pacheco Meet Maria Pacheco: social activist in Guatemala and founder of a thriving artisan cooperative. Maria started her career pursuing organic farming near her home of Guatemala City. When she saw that much ...
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Courage Necklace - Women for Women International

Match Her Courage

March is Women’s History Month, and though we celebrate women every day, we’re teaming up with Women for Women International to make this month extra special. We’re thrilled to be partnering with this incredible organization ...
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Celebrating the holidays with Sudara

You guys, we have a confession to make: we're a little obsessed with Sudara. They have amazing clothing that's crafted by women in India who have escaped from human trafficking, and they are the most ...
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Kenna wearing the Rukuru Hair Clip

Fair Trade Founder

October is Fair Trade Month! We’re so happy to bring awareness to something we honor every month, every week, and every day of the year. While we’re all advocates of fair trade at the Threads ...
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VP of Operations, Michelle Herd-Fetch

Weaving Threads Across the Country

Written by Michelle Herd Fetch, VP of Operations for Threads Worldwide I’ve found that when I surrender to divine timing, something beautiful always emerges. In my most recent surrender, an incredible opportunity has emerged: the ...
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Fair Trade Partner Jen Parlin in Ecuador

Fair Trade Partner Feature: Jen Parlin

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Ecuador_jen_jewelrymaking.jpg Immediately after returning from our Artisan Visit to Ecuador, Fair Trade Partner Jen Parlin packed her bags again, this time for sunny Arizona. I talked to Jen about her travels before the trip, and ...
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Threads Worldwide fall style

Fall Style

As the air turns crisp and the leaves follow suit, we're wrapping ourselves up in knit sweaters and fair trade accessories. This fall, we're all about cozy textures, neutral colors, and a splash of warm gold ...
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Fair Trade Partner Rachel Jewell's Threads packing list

How the Threads Tribe Travels in Style

Working with Threads means all of us at the Home Office get to connect ourselves to our global sisterhood and make a real impact around the globe. But, lucky for us, it also means we’re ...
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Threads Worldwide Founders

Founder’s Faves

Working at a fair trade jewelry company, all of us at Threads Home Office fall in love with just about every piece that comes our way. But that doesn’t mean we don't play favorites! Check out what our ...
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Threads Worldwide - Fair Trade Partner Keely Sullivan

Meet Keely: Mother, Teacher, World-Changer

As a Fair Trade Partner, you work your Threads business where you can, when you can. Keely Sullivan is the perfect example. Keely was a classroom teacher for nearly a decade. Though she loved her ...
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Threads Worldwide - summer style

Pack Light with Threads Style

We're all about looking fair trade chic on vacation, but we also want to pack light. Good news: you can do both! Check out our packing style tips for easy (and fair!) vacation style. https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/DSCF0841_3-2-740x493.jpg . 1) ...
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Threads Worldwide - Fair Trade Partner RISE Conference

Together We RISE

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/RISE-bannerimage.jpg We just finished our Fair Trade Partner Conference 2017: Together We RISE. Holy moly...it was something else. With the Rocky Mountains and Denver skyline as a backdrop, 20 Fair Trade Partners and our Home ...
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Sudara + Threads = World-Changing Style

When you shop Sudara and Threads, you create opportunities for women around the globe and foster a world where we can all thrive. That’s why we’re working together to bring you sophisticated styles that are ...
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Threads Worldwide - summer style

Summer Style

This summer, we're rocking Threads jewelry at the beach, at the bonfire, and by the pool. Check out our modeling Fair Trade Partners to see why! 1) Summertime shimmer  We love the look of big, flirty earrings ...
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Threads Worldwide - teachers as Fair Trade Partners

5 Reasons Teachers Make Great Fair Trade Partners

Our tribe of Fair Trade Partners consists of women from all different backgrounds, but it just so happens that many of them are teachers. If you’re a teacher as well, here’s why we’d love to ...
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Threads Worldwide - Motherhood

Mother Me, Mother Mine, Mother All

Last month, I was attending an event created by Seeds of Exchange, a beautiful organization led by Fair Trade Partner Sarah Davidson-Tracy. Seeds is working to create a robust and committed village in an effort ...
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Threads Founder Kara Valentine Wiegand and her premie daughter, Bryn

A Mother Reborn

We sat in a crowded hospital cafeteria, sleep-deprived and terrified. We couldn’t eat. We could barely think. “Do you think she could die?” I asked him. My stoic husband answered with the slightest head nod, ...
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Threads Worldwide - Inner Peace to World Peace

Inner Peace to World Peace

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. For no lesson could have been any clearer; if you want to make the world a better place, take a ...
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Artisan Partner mama in Guatemala

Motherhood Around the World

Whether you live in Kenya or Kansas, some things will always be constant: flowers need sun and rain to grow, tides will change, and motherhood will never be easy. On the surface, our lives here ...
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Threads Worldwide - Artisan Partner in Uganda

It’s time for a Fashion Revolution

On April 23, 2013, workers in a factory in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh noticed a crack in the building in which they were working. They notified the building owner, who said it wasn’t a cause for ...
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Threads Worldwide - Fair Trade Partners

Combatting the Wage Gap

When a woman takes a break from her career to be at home with her children or parents, the wage gap widens. Whether this decision is made with intention or out of extenuating circumstances, she’s ...
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Threads Worldwide - Spring style

Spring Style

It’s spring! That lovely season where Mother Nature can’t decide between rain and shine — but the days she chooses shine are oh-so-sweet. To get you through the dreary days, we’re here to help you accessorize ...
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Break the Ground

A Single Step

This month, we're celebrating the first step. You know, the scariest one of all. To help us get over the fear of beginning, we’ve invited Brit Stueven of The Break Changer to speak at our next Threads Connect Event ...
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Threads Worldwide - Ellie Hughes, Sisterhood

A Story of Sisterhood: Ellie Hughes

This Story of Sisterhood is written by Ellie Hughes of Selflessly Styled.  https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Ellie_Hughes_sisterhood_blog2-740x492.jpg Photo by Madison Kay Photography Growing up, I had two basic perceptions of what a “sisterhood” looked like. The first was a ...
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Fair Trade Partners in Guatemala, 2016

A Story of Sisterhood: Francesca Willow

The second piece in our Stories of Sisterhood series is written by the ever-lovely Francesca Willow of Ethical Unicorn. I Carry Your Heart: Sisterhood Goes Beyond Boundaries They say you’re the average of your five ...
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Guatemala arm party giveaway

Guatemala Arm Party GIVEAWAY!

This May, we're inviting you to journey to Guatemala with us. You'll spend 5 transformative days meeting our Artisan Partners, immersing yourself in Guatemalan culture, and basking in the tranquil beauty of Lake Atitlán. We're so excited ...
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Threads Worldwide - Founders

Spring Collection: Founders Favorites

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_7074-740x568.jpg Our Spring / Summer Collection 2017 is our biggest and most beautiful yet! Between spring colors, intricate designs, and Threads Exclusives, it’s safe to say we’re a little obsessed. Since our Founders handpicked each ...
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Threads Worldwide - Ethical Fashion

Fall in Love with Ethical Fashion

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/fall-in-love-with-ethical-fashion-banner.jpg There’s a lot of love in the air these days — love for ethical fashion! We gathered tips from our Home Office staff for falling in love with ethical shopping practices. Breeze: My husband and ...
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Threads Worldwide - Ecuadorian artisan's child

5 Reasons to Join Our Tribe

It’s a new year, and we’re feeling reinvigorated and ready to make an impact! The time is now to create the world we imagine. The time is now to become a Fair Trade Partner! Here ...
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Threads Worldwide - The Time is Now

The Time is Now.

Our theme for January is a bold one. It knows no reticence and turns its back on the obstacles of yesterday. It gives us purpose and the freedom to achieve our full potential. The Time ...
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Threads Worldwide - Fair Trade Partner Sisterhood

My Threads Sisterhood

I have a little sister, a red-haired, passionate little sister who has taught me patience and compassion and grace. My little sister is one of my best friends, and we continue to grow closer. It’s ...
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Threads Worldwide - Fair Trade Partner Community

View from the Valley: Founder Kara Wiegand

While reflecting on an unpredictable 2016, I realized that the most powerful lesson I learned landed just one week ago, and six weeks after an election that illuminated the great divide we are experiencing both ...
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Threads Worldwide - Threads Holiday Style

Threads Holiday Style

Dress up your classic black attire with Threads holiday style! One of our favorite things about Threads jewelry and accessories is the burst of color they add to any outfit. We wore our favorite black ...
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Ethical Gift Guide to #SpreadJoy

Here at Threads, we #spreadjoy through collaboration. We strive to build relationships with other ethical companies so we can work together to increase awareness of the fair trade industry. We want to make shopping fair trade ...
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Threads Worldwide - Fair Tuesday

This Fair Tuesday, Who Will You Empower?

Today is Fair Tuesday, one of our favorite days of the year here at Threads Worldwide! Of course, we think about the impact of fair trade all year round, but we relish the spotlight Fair ...
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Threads Worldwide - Shop ethically

Shop Ethically this Holiday

This holiday season, the average American will spend between $700 and $800 on gifts for the holidays. That’s a lot of cookie dough. Can you imagine if that money was spent on ethical and fair ...
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Fair Trade Partners in Guatemala

Gratitude in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala

“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded. Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are.” -Rumi Nature has always given me peace, but I have never experienced such calm before I walked ...
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Threads Worldwide - Holiday Showcase

5 Tips for Throwing a Twinkling Holiday Party

Whether you’re hosting a Threads Showcase for your BFF Fair Trade Partner or throwing a holiday party for friends, we’ve got you covered. Check out our 5 tips for throwing the best — and easiest — ...
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Threads Worldwide - Holiday Showcase

Season of Impact

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/HolidayShowcase-5116-740x580.jpg It’s November 1st, and that means that Halloween candy is half off and stores are suddenly flooded with tinsel and twinkly lights. Somehow the holiday season has crept up on us again! Think of ...
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Founders of Threads Worldwide

Kara’s Advice to Female Leaders

As Co-Founder and COO of Threads Worldwide, Partnership Director with Emerging Women, board member of multiple philanthropic organizations, and my personal life roles of wife, mother, friend, and sister, my life is a busy one ...
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Artisan Partners and Fair Trade Partners in Guatemala, 2016

Sharing Courage in Tzununá

“In Tzununá, a village on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, only 50% of the women know how to read and write. Only 3 out of 10 of them have finished Elementary School. Most women have informal ...
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Day of the Girl

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/holidayparty-5710-740x493.jpg I am a mother of a 3-week old baby girl and I am obsessed. Today I ventured out without her for the first time to a networking luncheon. As I walked through downtown Denver in ...
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Artisan Partners and Fair Trade Partners in Guatemala, 2016

Guatemalan Strength

Last month, Threads Founder Kara Wiegand and 6 Fair Trade Partners had a truly life-changing experience when they visited our Artisan Partners in Guatemala. While it’s impossible for us to fully understand the magic of ...
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Threads Worldwide - children of our Fair Trade Partners in Bangladesh

Celebrating Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade Month, and we can’t wait to celebrate every day in honor of the fair trade movement. The term “fair trade” used to be mainly printed across bags of coffee, but as ...
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Artisan Partners and Fair Trade Partners in Guatemala, 2016

Sharing Dreams in Patulul

I began my visit to Guatemala as part of an excited group of travelers, proud that I earned this trip through my work with my business. We were thrilled by the chance to put names ...
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Threads Worldwide - Ethical Unicorn

Why I Shop With Heart

We've been talking with Francesca Willow of Ethical Unicorn about how she made the commitment to ethical consuming. Here's her advice on changing your habits to change our world: My name is Francesca, I’m a London-based dancer, ...
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Threads Worldwide - Host a Showcase

3 Reasons to Host an Artisan Showcase

The Ambassadors that host Artisan Showcases are an integral part of the Threads movement. And great news: you could be one of them! Here are 3 reasons to get involved and host an Artisan Showcase ...
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5 Ways to Build an Ethical Wardrobe

This fall, don’t let your passion for style cause you to neglect your conscience. Here are 5 great ways to keep your wardrobe fresh, all while breaking the cycle of mindless consuming. 1) Organize a ...
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Lindsay & Angela in Guatemala

Guatemala Sneak Peek

This Thursday, Founder Kara Wiegand and 6 Fair Trade Partners will travel to Guatemala to visit some of Threads Worldwide’s beloved Artisan Partners. This is Threads’ first trip with Fair Trade Partners, and it's going to ...
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Founder Kara Wiegand and Fair Trade Partner Emily Valentine

Slow Fashion, Big Heart

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IMG_7042-1-740x555.jpg Emily Valentine was Threads Worldwide’s very first Fair Trade Partner. Back in 2012, Founder Kara called upon Emily, who happened to be her sister-in-law, to help her empower women around the globe. As Emily ...
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Threads Fair Trade Partner Taryn Schroeder

The Power of Community: Threads’ Fair Trade Partners

One mission of Threads Worldwide is to foster a supportive and empowering community for women. Abroad, we do this by employing women in developing countries to make handmade jewelry, giving them a means of supporting ...
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Inside the Threads Movement with Carly Oduardo

Threads Worldwide has changed my life. I have known one truth since I was a little girl: I wanted to be a mother. It’s the only thing I have ever been 100% certain about. I ...
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Artisan Partners in Ecuador

The Artisans Behind Threads’ Eco-Friendly Jewelry

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/christian-workshop-14.jpg In 2013, two of Threads' three Founders, Angela and Lindsay, packed their bags and journeyed from Denver, Colorado to Ecuador to visit some of our Artisan Partners. Angela and Lindsay visited the home the artisans had built with ...
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Staff Holiday Gift Picks

‘Tis the season to find that perfect little something for our loved ones! Not sure what they might like? Threads Staff has offered up their favorite holiday gift picks for all the moms, sisters, aunts, and ...
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Holiday Gifts that Give Back

Choose hand-crafted over factory-made this holiday season, and purchase holiday gifts that give back to artisan women all over the world. When you buy Threads handcrafted jewelry, you're not only helping to revitalize and preserve cultural traditions ...
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Artisan Partner Highlight – Guatemala

We traveled to visit our Artisan Partners in Guatemala in the Fall of 2014. The cooperative that we visited is nestled in a tiny village, called Tuzununa, that sits on the shore of Lago Atitlán in the western ...
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Artisan Partner Highlight – Kenya

We haven't journeyed to Kenya yet (it is on our lists!), but it is a place that has mesmerized us since the early days of Threads Worldwide. The country is the gateway to the savannah ...
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Wakened Apparel – A T-Shirt Company with a whole lot of Heart

Recently, we've had the chance to connect with Cassidy co-founder of a t-shirt company with a whole lot of heart called Wakened Apparel. Each of Wakened Apparel's t-shirts have a social mission behind them, and ...
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Inside the Threads Movement with Emily Valentine

We are creating life-changing work for women around the world through the fair trade of artisan jewelry and our Threads Sales Consultants lead the Threads Movement by launching their own businesses to show the world how to ...
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Inside the Threads Movement with Sarah Schroeder

We are creating life-changing work for women around the world through the fair trade of artisan jewelry and our Threads Sales Consultants lead the Threads Movement by launching their own businesses to show the world ...
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Connect & Inspire: Visiting our Artisan Partners in Ecuador

At Threads Worldwide, we strive to connect our Threads Sales Consultants with the Artisan Partners we work with, and one of the ways we do such, is providing them with a curated kit of stories, cultural insight, ...
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7 Fair Trade Easter Essentials

Easter is just a few days away and whether you are planning a full on festive day, or keeping it simple with a Sunday brunch, why not make it a fair trade holiday? We’ve put ...
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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8. It started in 1911, and remains a day, year after year, to showcase the power of women. It is a day to remind us all that women ...
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RUN (DON’T WALK)!!

I am convinced that my 4-year-old is incapable of walking from one spot to the next.  My time with her is always accompanied with a soundtrack of the pitter patter of her little feet. It ...
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Procrastination and a New Year

Sometimes my 'to-do' list can be a bit extensive and things that aren't immediate are 'snoozed' until a later date. If you can believe this - I just uploaded our pictures from meeting our Artisan ...
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Suenos: Dreams Come True

To enter the workshop and home of one of our Artisan Partners in Guatemala, we crossed a threshold engraved with "Dreams Come True", which was accompanied by handprints of each Artisan. This group’s training begins by ...
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Finding (y)our Digital Voice

At the Emerging Women conference I learned of a company called World Pulse who is ‘using digital media to connect women worldwide into a powerful force for change’.  They believe that ‘when women are heard, ...
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Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! ...
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The awe of our Guatemala Artisan Partners

I have sat down to write this blog several times. Always to be stumped by how to truly paint the picture of the experiences we had in Guatemala with our Artisan Partners.  If I could ...
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Next Stop: Guatemala!

Having airline tickets booked always puts a smile on my face, as well as a lot of inspiring energy in my heart. I feel like the actual booking of the tickets is putting a deposit down ...
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Connecting for Health & Happiness

In the wake of Robin Williams’ death, mental health care has been on the minds of the Threads’ founders and I. We have found ourselves talking about the taboo, shame, and isolation surrounding depression and ...
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You? Yah, You’re Selfish

Think of the things you purchase and what you get in exchange. That $5 weekly latte you crave could protect abused animals. The $30 Sports Illustrated subscription could sponsor a child’s meals, medical care, and ...
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#BringBackOurGirls

As a parent, my worst nightmare is that something will happen to my children.  There are many things that could happen to them, but the worst is imagining that they would be taken.  Beyond that, the ...
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The Journey

Angela, Lindsay and I were on a cross-country road trip following college graduation when someone said, “If we start a business together, we could hang out all the time, set our own hours and travel ...
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There is Nothing to Fix Here

As we have travelled through Peru and Ecuador visiting the artisans, I have had a different experience - I have felt happy and impactful. I have experienced Threads' direct impact on the quality of our ...
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Ecuador Partners

As mentioned in my last blog there was anticipation and excitement related to meeting with our artisans! Would we be able to communicate effectively? Would we get the stories we know exist or would there ...
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Fair trade visit in Ecuador

Arriving in Ecuador late last night, we awoke to the busting city of Quito where we roamed around most of the day. We eventually took a bus 2 hours towards Otovalo where we will meet ...
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The Idea of ‘Enough’

At a recent TED Event, I heard a speaker talk about the “idea of enough”. I've thought about it several times and contemplated what “enough” is and how it works in my life. “Enough” to me means ...
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First Threads Event

It was with anticipation and excitement that we hosted our first Threads Event.  This was our first  chance to share our combined excitement and inspiration about what we are doing at our new company, Threads ...
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Now What?

Once we knew we were fully committed to providing women in developing countries an opportunity to earn a consistent income, we had to determine what sales and marketing model we were going to use to ...
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Product Line Madness

Angela, Kara and I have learned that when creating something new, there is no blueprint of next steps and best decisions. During the creation of Threads Worldwide, each of us has called the other announcing, ...
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