HandMaid-n Tucson

Tucson, Arizona · 239 Sales


HandMaid-n Tucson

Tucson, Arizona 239 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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Announcement   Practical, beautiful and inspired items crafted from fabric that is hand plied and hand woven from single-use, plastic shopping bags and old VCR movies and audio cassette tapes. From the gathering, cleaning and sorting of the bags to the final detail, all work is done locally here in Tucson, Arizona by my hands...with a little help from Mom.


Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

Practical, beautiful and inspired items crafted from fabric that is hand plied and hand woven from single-use, plastic shopping bags and old VCR movies and audio cassette tapes. From the gathering, cleaning and sorting of the bags to the final detail, all work is done locally here in Tucson, Arizona by my hands...with a little help from Mom.


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5 out of 5 stars
Dal Walton

Dal Walton on Apr 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Great product. And such a cool way to upcycle! I gave this as a gift and the receiver raved about the quality and craftsmanship! I was shocked at how quickly it arrived! A total pro making and selling amazing art!

Adelina Grosshans

Adelina Grosshans on Feb 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOVE this bag, and I love this shop! This amazing lady turns unwanted trash into beautiful treasure. I highly recommend this shop and will be purchasing from here again sometime in the future. The bag shipped in good time and came exactly as pictured. Love it!

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Recycled, Upcycled, Reused, Reclaimed, Re-purposed Designs

I'm a sucker for anything with the attached words "can you do something with this?" Objects that others might throw away - like single use shopping bags - become an inspiration to me. At times the "stuff" comes faster than I can think of an idea. But it all gets sorted and stashed for the future with bits placed on the idea board. Often all it takes is a good walk and something will come to me.

With my family and their support they are instrumental in solving a construction problem with ideas and their own touch of creativity. #1, the architect draws and plans, #2 builds upright electric bases, half-pipes and skull bowls, #3 welds, grinds, bends and pounds steel into artful fences, security doors and windows and yard art, #4 a creative writer and extra pair of hands, Hubby lathes and carves, my Mom helps cut and sort bags and we all come together with ideas. We can't help ourselves! Busy and creative hands keep us all connected.

I've been sewing since second grade and my weaving started when I was a young mom of 1 and just wanted something to do with all the scraps from sewing. The "can you do something with this" started when friends started getting rid of all their double knit (remember that stuff?) and I decided rag rugs was about all it was good for and so it continues. I started picking up yarns and warp from garage sales and second hand shops and on my simple 2 harness floor loom this was perfect for experimenting. It kept it simple for the addition of more babies and less time.

Now with the boys growing and leaving I decided it was time to spend my energy on my own dream instead of busting my butt for someone else. This is a challenge for anyone but the peace and joy I have every day is well worth it. I never "go to work" but am working every day and loving it!


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Shop members

  • Catherine

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    A mother of four sons, daughter of an artist and wife to a fellow who thinks like me - creative and resourceful.

  • Mom

    Original Bag Lady

    My Mom...If it wasn't for her I wouldn't be able to produce as much as I do! She taught me to weave, spin and sew.

  • Jonathan - Son #2

    Comic Relief

    Keeps us all in stitches laughing! A talented young man who designs and makes upright electric basses.

  • Moose

    Assistant To Comic Relief

    Moose Dog makes sure that there are plastic pieces throughout the house and that I have dog slobber on all my clothing. She keeps me calm with her super soft ears and doughy, cushy body.

  • Jeshua - Son #3

    Artful Inspiration

    This young man solves many of my mechanical issues and is an inspiration with his own metal art and designs. He will come up with design ideas I never thought of.

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Last updated on January 2, 2017
The name “HandMaid-n Tucson” is a play on words and a never ending source of amusement to my four sons. Handmaiden is an old term for a “female attendant, assistant, domestic worker or slave; aka "Mom". After surviving the chaos of raising four boys and living in the dry heat of the Arizona desert it was more than appropriate but know this, they still call me "Boss Lady"! Starting out as a stay at home mom and then needing to work in a conventional setting, I decided now was the time to expand on the things that excite and invigorate me.

I love making new out of the old or discarded but my deepest interest was the loom. To me it was a dance with yarns, string and fibers but the cost of such an endeavor had restricted me to rag rugs from old clothing and discarded items woven on an old 2 harness rug loom. I'm also a drop zone for anything someone has with the words "Can you do something with this?" My boys were teasing me after a particular drop, tossing grocery store bags at me and challenged - "Can you do something with these?" The gauntlet was thrown! I went to my loom currently warped up for a couple rugs, started cutting the bags up and weaving, well...the rest is history! As the fabric has evolved through experience so has the designs and construction. Now as of December of 2016 I have used over 500,000 of those nasty bags and hundreds of old VHS movies. Bags dropped off weekly at a local market offering me a large range of colors from all over the world.

Each piece is unique and one of a kind crafted by myself from the collection, sorting and cleaning of the bags, spinning (plying) the plastic together, weaving the fabric, assembly, and final detail work.

Enjoy my world of recycled, reclaimed, re-purposed and re-used.

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Payments are due within 24 hours of order.
All items will be shipped 1 business day upon receipt of payment First Class USPS.

Shipment will be made to the ETSY address so please ensure the address is correct including unit or apartment and all necessary information.

If I find a less expensive manner of shipping I will gladly refund you the difference.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final...however...If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase please contact me within 7 days of delivery and we will work out a solution. Buyer will be responsible for any return shipment fees.