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As the world and I grow older, increasingly I see thrown-away things -- overlooked treasures celebrating both collective and personal memories. Although throw-aways may have little appeal or apparent current value, much of what reaches nearby thrift stores is new, absolutely unused. It’s a shame, especially since materials in these items might be irreplaceable. Reused materials can save both natural and material resources.

And now I find etsy. Wow – both a ready market for crafts and a source for craft supplies – even vintage goods!

I’ll be offering quilts, bags, various crafts, and vintage items as well as tools and materials for other artisans. I’m especially excited about recycling/up-cycling unique found accessories.

HANDBAGS: I love mixed media – cotton and…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 2
  • Joined August 9, 2010

Favorite materials

leather suede cotton silk satin wool silver glass

About

As the world and I grow older, increasingly I see thrown-away things -- overlooked treasures celebrating both collective and personal memories. Although throw-aways may have little appeal or apparent current value, much of what reaches nearby thrift stores is new, absolutely unused. It’s a shame, especially since materials in these items might be irreplaceable. Reused materials can save both natural and material resources.

And now I find etsy. Wow – both a ready market for crafts and a source for craft supplies – even vintage goods!

I’ll be offering quilts, bags, various crafts, and vintage items as well as tools and materials for other artisans. I’m especially excited about recycling/up-cycling unique found accessories.

HANDBAGS: I love mixed media – cotton and leather, leather and suede, satin and suede, silk and suede. I’m fascinated by the reflective nature of satin, especially vibrant colors, making a bag's interior brighter and all those little loose things at the bottom easier to see. In the interest of ending back and shoulder pain, I’m committed to keeping my bags as light as possible while acknowledging that structure – those parts you don’t see – can be the most important aspect of a favorite purse. I especially like using recycled/up-cycled metal parts from vintage belts.

QUILTS: I favor Seminole and related strip methods, preferring spontaneous process rather than rote replication of pre-planned elements. I love dark, vivid colors and high contrast. I’m committed to making quilts I can finish myself, and that means my work will be machine quilted and sturdier for it. In that way, I expect to provide an exhibition quality piece that can withstand actual use. Because a quilt can take so very long to finish, I may occasionally offer works-in-progress as a means of evaluating market potential.

SUPPLIES: The quest for exciting materials is my favorite part of creative process. But when working with vintage supplies, one can’t just buy a yard or so of curtains, a piece of dress, or part of a duvet. As a result, I often wind up with more than I plan to use. I’m sure this wonderful surfeit of specially selected materials will find talented, eager hands here on etsy.

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