A batch of new foldover clutches were just added to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. All US orders placed on or before December 18th should arrive in time for Christmas and will ship via Priority Mail with online tracking and delivery confirmation. Packages typically arrive in 3 days.
Above is a new foldover clutch made with an ikatcloth that was hand-woven in India. I've got about a yard of this gorgeous textile in stock right now.
I've kept my Christmas decorating simple this year with just a wreath and bow. At the top of the wreath is a lovely handmade cross-stitch ornament that was made by my sweet friend Adriadne from Greece. The wooden star candle holder was a gift from another dear friend many years ago. Wishing everyone a restful and wonderful weekend!
The weather here has been in the low 70's with sunny blue skies and temperatures dipping into the low 50's in the evenings. People are out and about, flying kites and enjoying walks on the beach.
Foldover Clutch in Organic Cotton This organic cotton print of birds against a blue sky is the latest textile available in my studio. A foldover clutch made with this whimsical print was added to the shop today.
This photo was taken a while back when the weather was warmer. Right now it's a bit chilly for swimming but I've been enjoying outdoor trips with a sweater and a pumpkin spice flavored coffee in tow.
Waxed canvas, nautical stripes, natural jute, vintage vegetable ivory buttons, bonded leather and cotton toile are some of the materials that inspired the latest batch of clutches now available in the shop.
A pretty wooden sewing box that was a recent gift from dear friends of mine now sits on my work table and inspires me daily.
Corduroy Foldover Clutches are now available in the shop! Perfect for autumn strolls and trips to your favorite cafe.
The Owl Print Wayfarer Purse is back by popular demand. There are two available in the shop at the moment.
My studio time has been a bit limited these days but I'm still working on new items and also hope to introduce a new bag design or two very soon. A larger tote design is in production as well. If you are interested in timely shop updates, special offers and more, become a fan on Facebook. Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead.
New corduroy purses adorned with faux suede handmade bird appliques have just been added to the Pesky Cat Designs shop.
Available in slate blue, chocolate brown, red and olive green upholstery corduroy.
Adorned with a lovely engraved wood button and lined in cotton stripes.
A shot of the studio last week with the bags in progress along with a batch of custom clutches wrapped for shipping. This week I'll be creating Harris Tweed foldover clutches in a variety of check/plaid weaves with a new batch of tweed I just received from Scotland. Wishing you all a great week ahead!
Corduroy color selections for the Fall/Winter 2012 collection have just been ordered. Interior fabric choices will include florals, stripes or cream cotton drill. Starting from top left: khaki, slate blue, stripe interior, red, tangerine, chocolate brown, olive green, charcoal gray and a floral interior. All of these colors should be in stock at the studio starting August. I can only invest in limited amounts of each color at one time but will be re-ordering as needed. Please keep in mind that when I re-order fabric it can take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive, so if there is a purse in the shop that you like and want right away you might want to snatch it up. If you are interested in a custom order just contact me via the Pesky Cat Designs shop. These purses can be created with or without an applique. I also have a selection of appliques you can choose from that include horses, birds, seahorses and more. Corduroy colors in stock at the moment are olive green, chocolate brown and khaki.
Pictured above is the Jewel Cut Bag now available in the shop. It's a larger bag with plenty of room for your daily essentials and more. I plan to introduce a few more larger sized bags to the shop very soon.
This morning I shipped a batch of recent orders.
Over the past few days I've been busy working on several custom orders.
A couple weeks ago I introduced a batch of Harris Tweed Foldover Clutches to the shop. I'm really loving this design in the wool. The clutch pictured above just sold and reminded me that it's time to place an order for more tweed for upcoming fall and winter bags.
I have a wonderful selection of Harris Tweed samples to peruse. Shipping from Scotland can take several weeks so I need to place an order soon. Harris Tweed is quite costly and so is the shipping so I can only invest in a modest quantity. Orders are placed once a year. Very often I will only have enough of one weave to create 2 to 3 bags. So if you like one grab it while you can!
Ikat, pronounced 'ee-kaht', is a word of Indonesian origin which refers to fabric that is patterned by binding the warp threads to resist dye before the fabric is hand-woven on the loom. The resulting motif has a "blurred" appearance that comes from the slight bleeding of the dyes into the resist areas.
The ikat design is created by tying areas of the threads into bundles with wax, grasses or even plastic to prevent penetration of the dye in those areas. The weaver has to figure out where on the loose threads the dye should penetrate in order to create the desired pattern when it is woven.
Ikat is one of the oldest forms of textile design and is a universal weaving style common to many world cultures.
At the moment I have clutches and purses available in the shop made from ikat that was hand-woven in India. Come peruse them all at the Pesky Cat Designs shop.
Made from exclusive Harris Tweed wool which was imported from the Isle of Harris, Scotland. Harris Tweed is a luxury cloth hand-woven by the islanders in their homes on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, using local wool. Each of these clutches has an authentic Harris Tweed label sewn onto the back. I'll have more of these purses available as autumn approaches.