Monday, March 28, 2011

Sneak Preview: The Tote


A new design is coming to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. It's a generously sized tote bag with plenty of room to bring your essentials and more. Two interior slip pockets and a zippered pocket keep all your things organized. This bag also features two magnetic snaps to keep your bag securely closed. 

The one pictured here is made from buttery soft faux leather. I've searched high and low for a faux leather that I am happy with. This one feels so nice and looks great as well. I'll be adding a  couple in red and fudge to the shop later today. 


Tip of the day: If you plan to work with faux leather may I suggest purchasing some heavy duty binder clips. Pinning thick faux leather is near to impossible especially when trying to hold together four layers to sew up a strap. These binder clips work perfectly. And a teflon sewing foot also helps tremendously!



Saturday, March 26, 2011

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Boho Inspirations


Yesterday in the studio I started with a blank canvas and boho-inspired thoughts of fun colors, mixed textiles/textures and unique buttons. First I decided on periwinkle blue linen and a sage green linen textured fabric for the main body of my satchels. Then the fun began. I pulled out my bins containing fabric scraps of wool felt, harris tweed, linen and more and started experimenting by cutting and layering different pieces together. There were bits of fabric flying everywhere but I didn't care. I would go with the moment and clean up later.
I finally decided on wool felt and tweed to create my appliques with. I love how the highly textured Harris Tweed looks against the soft wool felt and how the sculptural looking carved wood buttons top everything off. My new boho-inspired satchels will be available in the shop tomorrow. And tomorrow I'll be back in the studio with new inspirations.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is Here!


To celebrate the spring equinox I decided to take the entire day off from working in the studio. OK, I confess I did sew one button onto an applique, but that's it! The rest of the day was spent bike riding, watching waves and smelling spring flowers wafting through the air. The weather was absolutely beautiful with temperatures in the mid 70's. No jacket required. Just a t-shirt and sunglasses. Hope you are all having a great weekend and enjoying the arrival of spring!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Harris Tweed Spring 2011




Yesterday I added a couple of new purses to the shop made from Harris Tweed wool in a beautiful heathered blue weave. I was able to choose this gorgeous cloth from my large selection of samples that were recently sent to me from Scotland. As soon as I saw the gorgeous flecks of colors in this particular cloth I knew I had to order it. Included in my last order was a brown check, olive green, soft peachy pink, two light heathered blues and a deep ocean blue. I'll mostly be creating my Harris Tweed Collection as per custom order for the spring/summer. 


Yesterday an early morning walk lead us here. It was a great way to start the day. Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A New Textile in the Studio


A shipment of vegan (faux) leather was delivered to the studio yesterday morning and I got so excited I immediately got to work with it. I just added the fruits of all my labor to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. Tomorrow I'll be finishing my Harris Tweed spring collection which should be available in my shop either tomorrow or the day after. Shades of beautiful heathered blues that seem to have been weaved straight from the colors of the sky. Stay tuned!

Anni spent most of the day in her favorite chair taking a break from the studio while I worked away. 


Monday, March 7, 2011

Around the World

Harris Tweed Wayfarer Purse with a Bird on a Branch Applique
The Harris Tweed Wayfarer Purse with a Bird on a Branch Applique
Norway


Do you ever wonder where those Pesky Cat Designs bags travel to? Today I thought I would round up a few of my recent international sales and let you see!  


The Harris Tweed Wayfarer Purse
The Harris Tweed Wayfarer Purse in a Brown Check
Canada


The Harris Tweed Patchwork Messenger
The Harris Tweed Patchwork Messenger
France


The Jewel Cut Purse 
The Jewel Cut Purse in Corduroy
Denmark


The Wayfarer Purse with a Leafed Branch Applique
The Wayfarer Purse with a Leafed Branch Applique
Australia


The Harris Tweed Wristlet
The Harris Tweed Wristlet 
Scotland

The Wayfarer Purse
The Wayfarer Purse in an Owl Print Canvas
United Kingdom

I hope you enjoyed that little tour around the world. The Harris Tweed wristlet did the most traveling as it originally came to me as a cloth from Scotland and then traveled back to Scotland as a wristlet!

Shop update: Right now I'm taking a week off from working in my studio. I'll be back end of this week. Today I received a large shipment of Harris Tweed wool in different gorgeous shades of blue, a brown check and a few more. I plan to create a collection for spring in the blue tones. Bags made from cotton ticking and more coming soon as well!