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Note from shop owner Thanks for stopping by! I'll be doing local shows and galleries for a while. Feel free to contact me by email if you have something specific in mind.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be doing local shows and galleries for a while. Feel free to contact me by email if you have something specific in mind.

Gene Pease

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Gene Pease


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About AppalachianGap

Sales 65
On Etsy since 2008

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Handmade, fun and definitely colorful

Hello and thanks for visiting Appalachian Gap. I'm one of those 50's kids who wasn't taught how to be creative, but I am. I just didn't figure it out till I hit my 50s. Now I can't stop!

I began to create my fabric baskets after watching a show on Discovery about the Pacific Vortex. A lot of waste makes its way to the ocean and a lot of damage is done along the way. So...after trying a bunch of different things, doing some research and giving up a hundred times, I invented a way to use plastic bags as my cordage. I have kept track of how many bags I used to make every basket since I began. As of October 2021, I have used over 7000 plastic bags. They're hidden. You'll never see them, well, unless I made a mistake. Oops. Please let me know.

I really like to do things the old way because I enjoy the challenge and because I don't want the old ways to die out. If we don't keep up the skill, no one will know how to do some of these things in the future. Lace net or filet lace is an example. It's really easy to make lace by machine, and that is good. It's also fun and a family gem to have hand made lace.

Making rugs is a new passion of mine. I've made a few over the years. I was a hooker! for a while. Recently however, I've discovered plain weave and twined rugs. They use up a lot of fabric, which is good because I have miles of it.They're washable. They last forever.

I love to make sewing needle pin cushions. I learned to crochet at about 60 and love to do that. Retirement is a blast!

Now, wet felting! So many new things to learn!

Shop members

  • Gene

    Owner, Maker

    I create most of the items in my shop.I love making baskets and rugs. Currently I am learning about felting, needle and wet felting. Some items are vintage items I find as I wander around looking for things to create or create with.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thanks for stopping by. Take a look around. We'd love to know what you think. If you have any questions, just holler, er, uh, send us an email.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We want you to be thrilled with your purchase. We do understand it can sometimes be difficult buying online. We show several pictures of each item, including top, bottom and all sides. We try to describe it quite accurately and extensively, including color so that you can be comfortable with your purchase. Have a ruler handy as you make a choice because judging the size of something from a picture can be a bit tricky. Remember also that color can vary greatly between computers.

We will offer a refund if the item turns out not to be as described or is faulty (but not damaged in transit). Requests for refund should be made to us by email within three days of receipt. If we decide to go ahead with the refund, we will process it as soon as we receive the item in its original condition and packaging. The buyer will be responsible for shipping the item back to us.
Once your payment has been successfully processed, We will ship your order within 3 business days and send you a quick email to let you know that your package is on its way. Orders are sent via USPS so you'll also have a tracking number.

We are happy to ship internationally—contact us in advance of your purchase for a shipping quote. All customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

Need something in a hurry? Contact me for an alternate shipping method.
Additional policies and FAQs
We always wrap items in tissue with a ribbon, then we package for shipping. So, if you wanted to remove the packaging and take it directly to the recipient, you could. OR, you could open a present to yourself!

Custom orders-if you have something specific in mind email me and we can talk about it. We most enjoy creating with a specific request in mind.

Props used to display items are not included with the sale of the item. Props are not for sale.