Friday, October 29, 2010

Macleod is Back


The Macleod check is one of my favorite Harris Tweed weaves. Tones of blue, green, brown and touches of yellow and red. Did you know that the definition of Harris Tweed is enshrined in law, with clear legal criteria laid down in the Harris Tweed Act of 1993? To meet the legally-prescribed definition of Harris Tweed it must have been "hand -woven by the islanders at their home in the Outer Hebrides and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides". Amazing. 

I just added a Wayfarer Purse to the shop made from this iconic fabric. A messenger and a Jewel Cut Purse in  Macleod check is coming soon. And in case you missed it, come check out my first YouTube video featuring my bags on the beach!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Photo Shoot on the Beach



Today I packed up some of my handbags and headed down to the beach for a photo shoot. The weather was perfect. 85 degrees and sunny with a nice breeze coming from the ocean. I also had a video shot and hope to post that here sometime soon. Hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday. Wishing you a great week ahead.


A Harris Tweed handbag in ocean blue tones. 


Seahorses on the beach.


Contemplating new bags.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Harris Tweed Update


 

The Harris Tweed Wristlet with a Bird on a Branch Applique

I just added seven new Harris Tweed bags to The Pesky Cat Designs shop. Wayfarer Purses and lots of wristlets. Come peruse them all here!



The Harris Tweed Wristlet in a Brown Barleycorn with a Flower Applique


The Holiday Boot Camp Challenge Coutdown: 38 more items left to create by December 1st. See this post for the scoop!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Coming Soon: The Harris Tweed Wristlet


I'm working on a collection of Harris Tweed Wristlets that will be available in the Pesky Shop Designs shop very soon. 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. I import my supply from a lovely shop located on the Isle of Harris.

The wristlets will be available in a range of tweeds and applique designs. I will also be taking custom orders. They are sized at 8.5" wide, 5.5" tall and 1.5" deep and have ample room for all your essentials. Each wristlet is lined in a pretty cotton floral fabric that coordinates nicely with the tweed. I also lined the inside of the straps with the same fabric so it will feel soft against your wrist. 

If you have been following my blog then you know how fond I am of Harris Tweed. There really isn't anything that comes close to it. You really have to feel and see it to appreciate its beauty!

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Glimpse into the Studio




Yesterday I spent most of the day photographing new handbags and also re-shooting older bags to give them a fresh start. The new bags are now available in the Pesky Cat Designs shop. Wristlets are coming soon as well as more clutches. I placed an order for Harris Tweed wool from Scotland last week and I can't wait for it to arrive. In the meantime I am working with my supply of cotton corduroy and faux suede. 
Below is a shoot of my studio taken last week. It's a bit less organized right now but in full activity!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Zippered Clutch


I just added six new clutches to the Pesky Cat Designs shop! It was a clutch factory here at the studio for the past two days. These are generously sized at 8.5" wide, 5.5" tall and 1.5" deep. Plenty of room for a small wallet, glasses, keys, cell phone and a lipstick or two. I use mine all the time. I still have more completed that need to be photographed later this week. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Count Down


I just added four more bags to the Pesky Cat Designs shop so all I have is 56 more to go by December 1st! See my last post for the scoop.

Posted above is a new purse I created in a lovely dusty rose corduroy. I decided that a truffle brown applique would work perfect against the rose. I am still awaiting the rest of my corduroy shipment that I ordered last week. Some of the fabric is on back order so I will have to be patient. I do miss being able to walk to the NYC Garment District from my apartment and have 40 or more corduroy fabrics to choose from just in one shop!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Textile of the Moment and the Challenge

 


This time of year my corduroy collection is always in demand. I love working with this textile which has a soft almost velvet look with a more casual appeal. I recently ordered a batch of corduroy and I am eagerly awaiting my shipment.

On another note, my very talented friend Damjana of Loddelina bags came up with an idea to give ourselves a push for the holiday season. We have both agreed to have 100 items in our shop by December 1st of this year. Since we both have about 40 items in our shops right now we need to create 60 more by then. I look forward to the challenge. Get ready, set, GO!