Over at Honestly WTF, designer Gretchen Jones shows us how to make a bold statement necklace with brass rings and neon nylon cord. (Honestly WTF)

Source4Style is launching “The Academy,” a series of 30-minute web-based seminars on sustainable design, starting with “The Apparel Industry’s Greenest Little Secrets” on February 9. (Source4Style)

A 19th century New Jersey schoolgirl’s embroidery sampler went under the hammer for $1.07 million at Sotheby’s. (Jezebel)

Planted acres of organic cotton soared by 36 percent in 2010, while harvested bales saw an uptick of nearly 24 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s annual report. (Organic Trade Association)

Want to further research on textile-waste recycling or the impacts of nanotechnology? Donate just $10—the price of two lattes—to the Textile Exchange and help create change. (Textile Exchange)

QUOTABLE QUOTE

“Designers just need to produce the most thoughtful collections they can and let people see design first, story second. The design needs to be the invitation because it’s simply too beautiful to pass up.”

—Amy DuFault, managing editor of EcoSalon, speaking to The High Low on Thursday.