Meet the hadley, the first cousin of the luna. Great ruby red leather. The hadley has the luna’s double front pocket, but on the back there is a an extra pocket with a magnetic closing. Your phone will fit safely in here on its side. And, the hadley is lined with the best fabric–the euro squares. I only bought one yard of this and I am so sorry. The hadley has all the regular birdbrain features–double leather bottom with dome-shaped rivets for protection, adjustable long across-body strap with clips, metal zipper and double stitching throughout. Two pockets inside and two outside–a double and a snap. A very functional and attractive bag. 14″x 12.5″ x 5″ and in the on-line shop now.
Archives for September 2013
One of my favourite it girls with her new tote. Pru’s sac was the prototype, but it seems to be a design that works well. The second one, the pb2, is also sold from the on-line shop, on its way to NY. I have loved working on this design collaboration and am now in the process of a second collaboration–this will be a bag of multi-colours.
And there will be a new bag in the on-line store tomorrow. The Hadley. I think it is a good one. You can click the instagram button on the sidebar for a preview.
The prudence b is a design collaboration. We wanted a big generous tote that would carry all gear, but that could fold down to a smaller size when needed. We wanted it to hang easily from the shoulder or to fit comfortably across body. And we wanted pockets outside and in. The first pb worked out well, so when I was looking at the pieces of leather in my recently acquired remnant pile, (fast dwindling!) I thought I would try the design again. This one is made from a beautiful mahogany coloured leather with a lovely sheen. It has the standard features: a double leather bottom with rivets, an adjustable strap, an outside pocket and two inside, one for phone and one larger, and double stitching throughout. And this pb is lined with a great Kenyan wax print. 15″ wide, 16″ tall and 5″ deep. In the on-line shop now.
I spent the afternoon sketching. I sat on a bench outside the Carnegie Library in Picton and sketched the buildings across the road and the library entrance right in front of me. I have always loved this building–so many of Ontario’s small towns have these lovely old Carnegie libraries. This one was built in 1907 when the town received a grant of $12 500 from the Carnegie Foundation. You can find a listing of all of Ontario’s Carnegie libraries here.
The sun was warm and the sky clear. A perfect afternoon for this. Several people stopped to chat and offer comments, including a local artist in residence, but all were kind and generous. For me it’s not really about the product, but rather about recording the moment — and while I am concentrating on the angles and the shadows, my brain sorts through design ideas and I come home refreshed and ready to tackle the sewing machines again. I’ve just started on some new red leather.
Remember the pile of high quality remnants I got in Toronto a few weeks ago? I have been having fun with those remnants. It’s always a good design challenge to use small pieces. I have managed to make a second Prudence B tote in a great mahogony–it is close to finished and I will post tomorrow. In the meantime, I have been using the smaller pieces for pouches. Here are two which are now in the shop. The first, The Star, is lined with bright cotton batik. The second is a rough pouch made of ruby-coloured heavy leather which will get softer and lovelier as it ages. It is unlined with a pocket on the front. I find I use several pouches in my big tote–great for organizing. Check out the on-line shop for more details.
My friend Penny asked me to make her a red strap for a small bag she had. I told her I had used all my red leather on my recent totes. However, when I went searching in my bins I found that by combining various scraps of leather, I had not only enough for her strap, but for a small Keller bag. Meet the Penelope. This is a great handy tote, 11″ wide, 12″ tall and 4″ deep with an adjustable strap and two pockets outside and another two inside. Two different types of durable red leather, one smooth, the other pebbly give this bag a unique look and inside the lining is a great wax print from the market in Bondo, Kenya. The double leather bottom with feet add to its durability. This is designed to be a great everyday bag with pockets to organize the details your life. The Penelope will be in the shop tomorrow morning.
Here is the latest bag, the Prudence. This is a big roomy bag that will sit comfortably across body and tote lots of stuff. As I said yesterday, it is made from upholstery remnants, not quite perfectly matching, and the strap is the last of my purchased straps. This bag is designed to fold over, but if it is full to the brim, it is just as happy standing its full height. This new design is a special — and will soon be on its way to its new owner. But I think the style is great, and worth repeating.
H 16″ W 13″ D 3.5″ with two external pockets, one zippered and one for a phone, plus two inside, a slip and a zip. Doubled leather bottom for extra strength and rivets for protection. I think the Prudence will grow more beautiful and loved with age.
The Prudence. A new bag is in process. This one will have handles and a cross body strap–and if it works out a fold-over top. A big casual carry-all that already looks ‘lived’. It’s a great mossy brown colour made from 3 remnant pieces of leather upholstery. The lining is screen-printed in teal and it too will have a zipper pocket. At an early stage now, but I thought you might like to see it develop.
My friend Mary Anne and I spent a perfect day at the Campbellford Guild’s hook-in. This was our first time to attend, but we are already making plans to go back next year. The venue was a lovely park in the centre of the town on the shores of the Trent River. We hooked, visited and ate delicious goodies as sailboats and other watercraft passed by. Could not have been more lovely. I didn’t take too many photos, but here are a few.