Monday, January 31, 2011

Photo Shoot among the Beach Grass


Today was a perfect day for a photo shoot by the sea. Shown above is my revised Semi-Circle Purse with an adjustable shoulder strap so you can wear it on the shoulder or messenger style. 



Modeled above is my latest Harris Tweed Patchwork Satchel. Two of these will be available in my shop tonight.



And last but not least, here is my newest design, The Carryall. It looks great worn on the shoulder or cross body. It's quite roomy so you can bring along all your essentials. Perfect for watching pelicans diving for fish or a walk downtown.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sneak Preview: A New Design and More



This week in the studio was spent drafting new bag designs and revising some older styles. Pictured above is a new design made from Harris Tweed wool in a deep mustard and a golden brown combo. It's approximately 13.5" tall by 10" wide. It has an adjustable strap and looks equally great worn as a shoulder bag or a messenger. I'm really liking this modern yet classic look.


I also worked on revising the Semi-Circle Purse. I wanted to make it roomier and thought of adding darts  among other things.  I decided against those ideas as they seemed to change the look of the bag too much. I really like this unique shape so all I did was make it a little taller. And now it's a bit roomier but still has it's character shape. I also added an adjustable strap to make it more versatile. That idea was given to me by a very nice customer. And it looks awesome worn cross body!


Pictured above are Harris Tweed Patchwork Satchels that are still in progress. I should have most of these bags in my shop today or tomorrow. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Before and After


Posted below is the progression of my latest batch of Satchels starting this morning. The finished bags will be available in my shop this evening. Thought I would give you a glimpse into their production today.



This morning at about 10:00 a.m. when I entered my studio these 4 bags were awaiting me. I made the main body of each bag and their flaps the day before. 



By around noon I created an interior lining for each bag with one zippered pocket and one slip pocket. I had cut out and interfaced each piece yesterday so all I had to do is sew today. After they were complete I proceeded to make an adjustable strap for each bag using cotton webbing. 


The next step was to attach the strap to each bag and then sew the lining into the bag. At around 2:00 a.m. they were done. At this point I photographed them so I would be able to add them to the shop tonight. They should be available in the Pesky Cat Designs shop at around 8 PM!

Friday, January 21, 2011

In the Studio


Recently I had quite a few customers contact me asking if I have any messengers in the works. So in the next few weeks I will concentrate on adding more to the shop. The pair above will be available in the Pesky Cat Designs shop tomorrow afternoon. They are made from a linen-look upholstery fabric that is perfect for bag making. It's pretty, durable and sews up nicely. I have plenty of of it in stock in the burnt orange color and will soon have it available in java, chestnut, cherry red and sage.


Today in the studio I finished up a custom order and worked on several Harris Tweed bags that are in various stages of completion. The shoot above was taken towards the end of the day when I had already cleaned up my work space. I confess it does not look quite this tidy when I am in the midst of working The bolts of cotton print fabric and metal stands were purchased at a fabric shop that went out of business recently. I purchased several of these metal divider racks and they are perfect for storing and organizing my shipping boxes, interface and bolts of fabric. The more organized I am the more efficient I can be in the studio. And that's a good thing!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Brighten Up Your Outfit


This purse in a vibrant red-orange corduroy will brighten up any outfit. I just added two new purses to the Pesky Cat Designs shop made in this bold color. There's also one in chocolate brown corduroy in case you are looking for one in a more neutral color.  Recently I also added patchwork Harris Tweed satchels and some purses in solids to the shop so stop by to see them all.  Wishing you a great week ahead!



Monday, January 10, 2011

More Patchwork


In the next hour I'll be adding new Harris Tweed patchwork bags to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. I will also be adding a Harris Tweed messenger with a bird on a branch applique.  Last week I received a shipment of Harris Tweed from Scotland and quickly got to work using this iconic textile. In stock right now are a blue check weave, a Macleod check and plain weaves in medium gray, mustard and honeysuckle pink. Deep brown is soon arriving. It's always so hard making my choices when I place an order and I am never quite sure which color or check will be popular. This past holiday season the medium gray was the most requested tweed. If you are interested in a custom order just contact me via my shop. Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I'm on Facebook!

Better late than never right?! I'll be posting information about new work in progress, links to promotions and more. Be the first to know what is coming to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. Just click on the link below to become a fan. I look forward to you visiting!


Friday, January 7, 2011

Two by Two


I've been working two by two in the studio. Above is a pair of Patchwork Satchels made from 100% eco-friendly hemp that has been hand woven and hand dyed with natural plant dyes. There are more patchwork bags in progress in the studio right now. I received a shipment of Harris Tweed yesterday so I'll be restocking the shop with more patchwork style bags made with this iconic textile including some with applique designs.


The pair above are made from a linen-look upholstery fabric in burnt orange. I love burnt orange and it's a color that works for all seasons. All my new bags will be available at the Pesky Cat Designs shop this evening. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hand Woven Hemp


The satchels posted above are now available at the Pesky Cat Designs shop and are made from 100% eco-friendly hemp that was hand woven and hand dyed with natural plant dyes. This fabric has a textured linen-look weave with a natural raw quality. I've got lots more of this fabric in stock. I even plan to make myself one soon since I'm due a new bag! 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!


Today it was 74 °F (23 °C) and partly sunny here in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida. It was a perfect day for being out and about. The image above was taken at around noon. Tom and I biked for several hours stopping only to watch the waves and to grab a bite to eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant. 



Above is a sneak preview of work in progress at the studio. These Satchels are made from 100% eco-friendly hemp that is hand woven and hand dyed. This textile has a linen/burlap look and the colors are so earthy and gorgeous. These bags will be completed and available in the Pesky Cat Designs shop tomorrow afternoon. More bags are in various states of completion right now and should be listed in my shop by the end of next week. For the new year I'm thinking flower power, boho, rustic, folklore, indie, patchwork and denim. Earthy and natural. Not sure how many of these ideas will be transformed into handbags but if you stay tuned you'll find out!

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year ahead filled with peace, health and happiness!