Posts made in September, 2012

promises of kitchen tools

Here is a taste of some of the lovely kitchen tools emerging from the workshop. There is nothing quite like bird’s eye maple.

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inspiration

Today we walked a mile along the Lake Ontario shoreline. There is something so grounding about walking along a shoreline. I love to pick up stones, to feel their smooth story in my hand, to bring the most beautiful home. I have little cairns all over the house. The weather was glorious and the inspiration all around. I could see abstract hooked rugs everywhere. Although I am usually enthralled with colour, I could be tempted to do something tonal like this sand and stone.

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and now a rough tote

I have been working on a tote made from two leather jackets, both wonderful leather–rugged brown and pebbly black. I have always liked the black, brown combination and it seems to really work here. This tote is a bit oversized, 16″ wide, 13″ high and a 7″ bottom, so it will hold lots of stuff including an ipad, or laptop.

This is just a peek because I haven’t worked it all out. But I think I am really going to like it. Next step, design sturdy straps and think about the lining–lots of pockets for sure.

 

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cobalt clutch SOLD

This clutch is made of the softest recycled cobalt leather. It is 6 x 8.5 x 1.5 with a zippered closing and a detachable leather wrist strap. Inside it is lined with yellow cotton and has a small leather pocket for cards and coins. A great pouch to carry on a night out, or to fit inside a larger bag.

$45.00 plus shipping

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another cobalt clutch

This leather originated in a bomber jacket, circa 1982. I am calling it cobalt, but it is a bit more on the purple side than earlier clutches. Beautiful. I have been saving this leather which is soft and smooth for some time, but this week decided to make a clutch. This is a very useful size  (6 x 8.5 x 1.5″) as it holds all your essentials, so can stand on its own, or can be stowed in a larger bag. 

Inside is a small pocket which is a good size for your cards and a lining of sunshine yellow cotton print. The wristlet has a detachable clip for those days when you want to use it inside a bigger bag. You can find this pouch in the shop.

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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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