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Velvet in the Studio

Posted above is a purse in progress that I am making from cotton velvet in sage green with an ultrasuede flap, applique and strap. I've worked with velvet in the past and it is always a challenge. It can tend to shift while you are sewing even if you pin it down with tons of pins. Because it is a pile fabric, velvet requires special handling. I found some tips on the internet that were very helpful such as how to establish the grain of the fabric, how to cut out your pattern pieces and which needle size is best. In the end it is still a challenge but worth the effort!

Below I posted some velvet handbags from last years collection for you to peruse. 

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New Harris Tweed Patchwork

Just added a couple of one-of-a-kind Harris Tweed patchwork bags to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. It will be the perfect bag to pair up with your favorite fall or winter coat and add a pop of color to your day.
To create the flap I cut out squares of Harris Tweed wool and interface each piece. Then I play around arranging the different colors and patterns. That's the most fun part. When I am satisfied with the result I begin to sew them together. And that is how the patchwork flap evolves.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead. Enjoy!

New in the Shop

Vegan faux leather adorned with embroidered appliques.