new all leather art tote

The leather is centre-stage in this art tote. It is a great rugged chocolate colour with a finish that will only improve as it ages. The bag is simple, one outside pocket, two inside, a sturdy metal zipper closing and two plain leather straps, cleanly attached with rivets which also secure the inside pockets.  This tote will carry your art supplies and double as a weekend getaway bag. It has a double leather bottom and reinforced sides. A classic. 17″x14″x5″art-tote-1





Gallery 121 show coming up


The Gallery 121 show is coming up. It begins on November 2nd and the formal opening is November 5th 2-4 pm. Yesterday in the sun, I lined up the small shoulder bags I have designed for the show. I call them G121. They are a simple leather day bag with a flap and magnetic closure. Some have pockets on the back and they all have a pocket inside. This is the bag you would take out to the show or for dinner. It has ample room for all your essentials and just slings over your shoulder. It is designed to be worn hands-free, cross-body, but the leather strap can easily be knotted to shorten.

The bag measures 9.5″ wide and 8.5″ tall with a two inch bottom. Carissa has been road-testing one all summer, and she tells me she can even fit her small water bottle in it. I think they are a fun and useful boost of colour in your life.


new colour therapy pouches

I have lots of fun making these little rectangular pouches from my favourite leather remnants and colourful zippers. They are great for your sunglasses or pens. The bright colours ensure that you will find them in a crowded tote. These will be available at the Gallery 121 show, but if you can’t make it and would like one, just write to me with your colour preferences. They make great affordable gifts!glasses-1




the daily tote

I wanted to make a daily tote. The one you rely on to carry all your stuff on busy days. The one that looks good everywhere and wears its age well. I had this great mocha leather which was just enough to make this tote, 12.5″ wide, 12″ tall with a double base of 4″. There is an adjustable leather strap, subtle brass coloured hardware and a back pocket with a sturdy metal zipper. The front flap is double leather and closes with a leather strap and brass knob. Inside it is lined with great jigsaw cotton with two additional leather pockets.

In the online store now. Check under navigation on the right.mocha-cb





a day in the city


I was in Toronto yesterday getting some supplies. A selection of my new bags and hooked rugs will be in a show at my favourite local gallery for the month of November and I’m working non-stop to get everything finished. I could not resist the beautiful leather remnants pictured below when I was buying zippers and rivets. They called out to me! I have plans to combine the colours and turn them into small zippered pencil cases and make-up bags. I’ll be posting them here soon and some will be in the on-line store.

I also wanted to let you know that I’m trying to post work in progress each day on Instagram. There is a button on the right under Navigation which will take you there. I would love if you would follow my progress. Thanks for staying with me, Christine.



large teal cross-body bag

I used the same teal leather as the bag I featured in the last post–(the second photo captures this rich colour best). This time it is a bigger 121 bag — 12″ wide, 11″ tall with a 2″ base. It also has a flap lined in recycled pebbly black leather with a magnetic closure and a generous exterior back pocket for keys or phone. But on the bigger bag there is a wide teal leather adjustable leather strap which attaches to the bag with metal clips. Inside there are three pockets, including a zippered one for security. The bag is lined in great polka dot batik cotton and the pocket sports the birdbrain graphic bird in a hurry. This is a great everyday bag which is generous in size for all your daily needs.teal-large-1




more pieces from the studio

I’ve been back in the studio working with some beautiful leather. The first is a deep teal blue in a perfect weight. I made the  small 121 bag you see here and a larger one is on the cutting table. This is a perfect colour for all year round, a strong hue which fits into any palette. I may be partial on this. Teal blue has long been my favourite colour–and it is a hard one to find in leather. And I’ve lined it with fuschia dots–perfection! This is a small cross-body bag. 9″x7″x2″, but its roomy exterior and interior pockets are designed to hold all you need for a day in town.turq-121



Here are a few pieces made in a great denim-like leather. I had several small remnant pieces and was able to make one 121 bag and pouches in several sizes. They are my new favourites.



I am a retired educator and recovered administrator. I have always been interested in fibre, first as a weaver, now as a rug hooker and screen printer. Over the last few years I have become passionate about giving a new life to cast-off wool and leather. This is my journal where I muse about my creative life.

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