CatsWhiskersDesigns

Each bag unique, One Of a Kind

Leeds, United Kingdom · 35 Sales

CatsWhiskersDesigns

Each bag unique, One Of a Kind

Leeds, United Kingdom 35 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welcome to Cats Whiskers Designs. I make exclusive, one of a kind, bags,

The bags I design come in a variety of shapes and size. As I only make one of each item you can be sure that any bag you buy will be exclusive to you, no one will ever own a bag like the one you buy at Cats Whiskers Designs.
I am based in Yorkshire, a wonderful area of the UK. The colours and landscape of Yorkshire hugely influence my work. From the colour of the heather that grows on the moors to the dark brooding mills in the towns.
I make everything you see for sale here at Cats Whiskers Designs. I concentrate on one item at a time. All my attention goes into that one piece. All the details and embellishments are unique to each item, helping to make them unique and I hope different from anything else you can find.
I offer bags in a huge range of different sizes, shapes and looks, please take a look around, I'm sure there is something special that you would like. If you have an idea for a bag that isn't for sale at the moment please feel free to email me to ask about custom orders. I am always happy to listen to suggestions and comments.
If you would like to be kept updated with my latest creations you can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatsWhiskersDesigns If you like what you see the please click the Like button.
You can follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/CathyWhit
Thank you for looking,

Best wishes
Catherine

Announcement
Last updated on Oct 5, 2015

Welcome to Cats Whiskers Designs. I make exclusive, one of a kind, bags,

The bags I design come in a variety of shapes and size. As I only make one of each item you can be sure that any bag you buy will be exclusive to you, no one will ever own a bag like the one you buy at Cats Whiskers Designs.
I am based in Yorkshire, a wonderful area of the UK. The colours and landscape of Yorkshire hugely influence my work. From the colour of the heather that grows on the moors to the dark brooding mills in the towns.
I make everything you see for sale here at Cats Whiskers Designs. I concentrate on one item at a time. All my attention goes into that one piece. All the details and embellishments are unique to each item, helping to make them unique and I hope different from anything else you can find.
I offer bags in a huge range of different sizes, shapes and looks, please take a look around, I'm sure there is something special that you would like. If you have an idea for a bag that isn't for sale at the moment please feel free to email me to ask about custom orders. I am always happy to listen to suggestions and comments.
If you would like to be kept updated with my latest creations you can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatsWhiskersDesigns If you like what you see the please click the Like button.
You can follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/CathyWhit
Thank you for looking,

Best wishes
Catherine

Catherine Whittingham

Contact shop owner

Catherine Whittingham

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Belle Woodland

Belle Woodland on Nov 11, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful and sensitive work of art! It takes pride of place on our nature table at our Steiner group 'Seedlings woodland Group' based out at Brattleby Farm xxx

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About

Handmade, one of a kind fabric bags and felted brooches. Each unique to that one Individual owner.

In 2012, I became housebound for a number of months, as something to pass the time. I started sewing, one of a kind fabric bags. These were in a variety of shapes and sizes. I also started experimenting with making homemade felt from pure wool, using both needle and wet felting methods. This led on to me designing & making felt brooches & hair clips. After giving many bags and brooches to friends and family for birthdays and holidays, I found myself still overwhelmed by product. An Etsy shop seemed like the next logical step. I’ve always been a cat lover, so Cats Whiskers Designs seemed perfect.

What started out as occasionally making things for friends and family within a year quickly grew into a full time hobby. I found I loved designing bags and working on patterns I already had, and I began to find my personal style. I found I enjoyed altering patterns and putting my own style on to patterns I already had. To ensure that each bag and brooch is unique, I use a different fabric for each pattern. I also use unique embellishments on each bag, ensuring each item is one of a kind and a good fit for its new owner.

When it comes to supplies, I use the most beautiful fabrics I can find, from pure silk to strong cotton. I find the best quality materials for loops, handles and clips, in addition to one of a kind embellishments on my bags. My brooches are made from pure Merino wool that has been handfelted, using either needle felting or wet felting method. Sometimes I cut the handmade felt into flower petals and joined together these create flowers, althernatively the flowers take shape as the wool is felted, as if the flowers grow out of wool.

I put a lot of consideration into choosing fabrics: What will it look like using a particular pattern? Will it be strong enough to be used as a bag? If not, can I attach it to a stronger lining? When it comes to embellishments, I love searching antique and second hand shops for jewelery pieces to attach to the fabrics. I consider color schemes, whether the piece will complement the design and whether a specific item fits the pattern. When it comes to wool, I focus on color, texture, how pure the wool is and how well it will felt.

Everything for sale here is made by myself, I pride myself on my one woman operation. This ensures that each item is unique. I only make items I would cherish and love. Each item is a run of one (making the same item over and over again would be boring, anyway). I may use the same pattern, but I always alter it in some way – changing the closure, changing the finishing touches, using unique embellishments etc. These tenets also apply to the brooches I create, each type of brooch comes out differently, depending on the felting method.

I am mainly inspired by nature. I live in Yorkshire, a beautiful county in the North of England. Yorkshire is a stunning part of England, it has bleak moors, dales and wonderful coastline. Tthere are fantastic shades of green, blue and purple everywhere. The textures of fabrics also inspire me, often dictating what pattern I use for a particular fabric.

Each bag takes time to produce. The starting point can either be a pattern, the fabric or an embellishment. Fabric tends to be the starting point of the creative process for me, simply because it inspires me. Once I find the perfect fabric, then search for embellishments to complement the color and texture. The last piece of the puzzle is choosing a pattern for the material. Sometimes, if the pattern inspires me, I will look for materials that will look good as that bag. I build from there: pattern, fabrics, metal loops and clips and finally embellishments.

When making bags, I take each one slowly. I think of each bag as a one off commission. Each has a starting point: fabric, pattern or embellishment. This detail will dictate how the bag develops. Next, I sit down with a pencil and draw out the bag design, looking to see if I have a pattern for that design. If not, I will make one up. The details of each bag are very important to me. I work hard to make the stitching neat, straight and small, because it’s those tiny details that give my finished products their professional look.

With the brooches, I tend to develop them as I go along. I will have an idea where I’m heading, but this can change as the wool is turned into felt. The texture and flow of the colors in the felt dictate the way the brooch will develop. This is especially true of the felted pictures I make.

Customer service is vitally important to me. Each interaction with the customer is with me. I am happy to email and phone customers if they want. It is always me who replies to emails and it’s me at the end of the phone. Each customer receives a thankyou card and a code for 10% off any future purchaeses. It’s those little touches which earn me repeat customers, and the wonderful reviews that have been left.

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 3, 2013
Hello and welcome to Cats Whiskers Designs. Thank you for visiting my shop.
All items for sale here are unique. Each bag is a one of a kind. All material used to make these bags and purses are high quality, and materials used are locally produced. I make all bags and purses myself and I only work on one bag at a time, giving all my attention to that one unique item.
The felted jewellery is initially made using 100% pure wool from Yorkshire, this wool is turned into felt by needle and/or wet felted methods. The handmade felt is then used in the production of the unique brooches, hair clips and works of art that are for sale at Cats Whiskers Designs.
My inspiration comes from the fantastic Yorkshire countryside I am surrounded by. I am based in the United Kingdom in an area surrounded by beautiful hills, dales, and moors. Areas that have inspired people for generations.
If you see an item you would like in different colours or fabrics, please get in touch as I am sure I can produce them to your satisfaction.
I am constantly refining and changing the items I have for sale in my shop. Each new bag and brooch gives me inspiration for further bags and brooches. So please come back and see what more Cats Whiskers can offer you.
Thank you for looking.
Catherine

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept payment via PayPal, credit card and personal cheque. For customers outside the UK I accept payment by PayPal or credit card only.

If I have not received payment within two weeks I will email you to check there has not been a problem. If I do not receive a answer or you have decided not to go on with the sale I will put the item back into my shop.
Shipping
I ship to UK address provided through Etsy, using Royal Mail 1st or 2nd class. I always get proof of sending.

If you would like me to send the item by Recorded Mail, please let me know so that I can get a quote for the cost of postage.

If you would like me to post overseas, please get in touch before you commit buy, and I will produce a quote for postage costs.

If you would like me to post to overseas address, (any address outside the UK) please contact me before buying and I will produce a quote for posting.
Refunds and Exchanges
I will refund the payment for an item on return of it, and only if there is a fault with the item.
I am sorry but I cannot be responsible for items lost in the post. If the item lost is a felt brooch I will endeavour to make a similar item for you. Unfortunately I cannot make replacement bags or purses, as each is unique and I will not have the materials to make another one the same.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love making custom orders. If you would like to discuss the different obtions then please feel free to email me at:-
Cat.whit68 [!at] yahoo.co.uk
To start the custom orders I ask for a 30% deposit. This is due to previous customers ordering custom items then changing their minds while I was half way through making it, but before they had seen the bag. I am sorry that their bad behaviour affects my customers now. I hope you understand.

I look forward to hearing from you
Catherine