This week I purchased some gorgeous Harris Tweed wool that I transformed into a couple of Wayfarer Purses. They will be available in my shop beginning of next week. Harris Tweed is a luxury cloth that has been handwoven by the islanders on the Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland using local wool. A wide selection is available in plain, barleycorn, herringbone, checks and tartans. My favorite is the barleycorn cloth with its subtle flecks of different color all spun together. I purchased a few yards in blue, gray and brown from my local fabric shop. I'm now looking into purchasing some directly from the manufacturer. I read that they provide you with the labels pictured above if you do so. I can't wait to create more handbags using this magnificent cloth!
Katzenhohle by Dornroeschen Filzunikate I recently came across this incredible cat bed made by German artist Dornroeschen Filzunikate. This beautiful piece of functional art called a Katzenhohle , cat cave, is handmade of felted wool. It's definitely the most unique cat bed I have ever seen. It would bring a bit of nature into my urban NYC home. I think my Anni would love a cat cave although her favorite spots right now are the pillow behind my head in bed, a straw basket that was meant to store magazines and a storage box made from fabric that becomes a hammock when she sleeps in it. My sweet Anni FOX 5 Update : A while back I wrote a post about a story that Fox 5 news was doing on Etsy and the handmade market. I was interviewed in my studio as part of the feature. An Etsy press agent recently informed me that the story aired April 15th and he also missed it. He said he is trying to get a copy of it from the studio. I'll be sure to post a link to it when it becomes ava