Posts made in October, 2011

screen printing and bright memories

What an outstanding day, made all the more by the reports of snow storms to the east! I spent the morning screen printing, listening to Michael Enright and the CBC 75th Anniversary special. So many memories. This afternoon I couldn't resist the sunshine. When I came back inside I was inspired to make the pouch below. I gathered all my brightest scraps and sewed them together--the red skirt, the green jacket and the final pieces of the glorious Wendie cobalt.  It makes me smile!  



I have had a couple of requests for red bags so I have posted these bags for sale on Etsy. They all have cross-body shoulder straps and interior pockets. Two have handy outside pockets. The two smaller ones are made from a recycled leather jacket, the largest from the last piece of the beautiful Montreal leather. If you like these bags, just click on the orange Etsy button on the right  for more pictures and details or leave me a comment here.      


opera clutch

  I made this clutch today and it seems perfect. I've been saving this leather--it was purchased new, something I don't do very often. You may remember I also had it in blue. Great texture and colour.   Below is a challenge I have set myself--to make a bag from this jacket. Will post when finished. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying this late fall weather. Today I biked to the market, filled my baskets with squash, kohlrabi, parsnips and cauliflower and a pound of freshly roasted organic coffee. How lucky we are to have this bounty so close at hand. Kudos to the market vendors who braved the cold!      


fall images

The top image needs little explanation with its iconic backdrop. The surfer is my son, Colin. The photo was taken by his friend, Matt, from another surf board. Quite a feat! The other photos are taken in my favourite town just outside Hamilton. I was back for a dinner to honour one of my highschool classmates and it was a weekend of memories. The building in the background is the wonderful Detour café where we sat sketching and at left is their perfect latté.  


cobalt skirt 2

One of the things about using recycled leather is the supply is finite. So it is farewell to cobalt skirt 2. This one became a bag and a clutch.  I like the lining as much as the leather in this clutch--it is natural cotton screen printed all over with my favourite bird. It also has a small leather pocket. The outside has a purple tab and removable wrist strap.  The clutch is 10.5" x 5.5" x 3", a good size for a night out. I haven't been very good at updating Etsy--but I promise to get some things on there today, including this clutch.


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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