Announcement   Welcome to ArnicArt! To see a gallery of my needlefelted work go to www.ArnicArt.com.

I make beautiful handbags and accessories out of recycled clothing. Each item is carefully handcrafted and no two are the same.

I've always been interested in collage, fiber arts, and making "something out of nothing.” I started ArnicArt when I got the idea to combine the three into functional fiber art. Each piece is made primarily with recycled clothing, and I attempt to use every part of each clothing item I recycle. The challenge is to create a beautiful accessory that is one of a kind with as much upcycled content as possible. To that end, I decorate my accessories using textile collage and needle felting.

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2017

Welcome to ArnicArt! To see a gallery of my needlefelted work go to www.ArnicArt.com.

I make beautiful handbags and accessories out of recycled clothing. Each item is carefully handcrafted and no two are the same.

I've always been interested in collage, fiber arts, and making "something out of nothing.” I started ArnicArt when I got the idea to combine the three into functional fiber art. Each piece is made primarily with recycled clothing, and I attempt to use every part of each clothing item I recycle. The challenge is to create a beautiful accessory that is one of a kind with as much upcycled content as possible. To that end, I decorate my accessories using textile collage and needle felting.

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My name is Arnika and my vision is ArnicArt.

From the time I was a girl until now, I've been interested in collage, fiber arts, and making "something out of nothing.” I started ArnicArt when I got the idea to combine the three into functional fiber art. The challenge is to create a beautiful accessory that is one of a kind with as much upcycled content as possible. ArnicArt is my way to make something beautiful and useful out of items that would otherwise be wasted. To that end, I decorate my accessories using textile collage and needle felting.

My ingredients:
Wool:
One component of my art is wool. This wonderful fiber is beautiful and has special insulating properties. Wool keeps the wearer warm in the cold, and allows movement of air when the temperature rises. It also naturally repels moisture. I recycle the wool for my art from once loved sweaters, suits, blankets, and coats.

Silk:
One component of my art is silk. This beautiful fiber is silky and smooth. It also retains rich colors and is ideal for detailed patterns. I recycle the silk for my art from once loved neck ties.

Cotton:
One component of my art is cotton: This versatile fabric can take on any property. It can be smooth or rough, thick or thin, woven or knitted. I recycle the cotton for my art from once loved t-shirts.

Enter the world of ArnicArt today and share my love of texture and pattern and be kind to the earth in the process. My hope is that you get as much joy out of using my art as I do from making it.

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Last updated on December 21, 2017
Thanks for stopping by ArnicArt and sharing my love of collage and upcycling. Each item is unique, though some may have similarities in patterns or design.

Please convo me with any questions.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 5 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
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
  • Items on sale
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Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Your happiness is very important to me. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me before you leave feedback and we will make arrangements.

I will accept returns of unused items within 7 days of purchase. You are responsible for return shipping expenses. After inspection, I will refund your original payment amount minus shipping. Please note that all shipping costs are the responsibility of the Buyer, and will not be refunded.
Payment
I accept Etsy Payments.

Payment is required within 24 hours of placing your order. If it isn't I will attempt to contact you. If no payment is received within 4 days, your order will be cancelled and I will re-list the item.

Please note that Maryland residents will be charged sales tax.
Shipping
Orders are shipped within 4 business days of payment confirmation via USPS Priority Mail. All orders over $100 are shipped Priority Mail with the appropriate amount of insurance.

I use recycled packaging materials whenever possible.

If you live outside the US, contact me so I can calculate shipping costs.
International customers are responsible for any customs, taxes or fees their country charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
FAQs

My menswear and Outerwear Process:
First, I disassemble a jacket or pants, or both. I remove lining, padding, collar, zippers, and waistbands and carefully preserve functional pockets. I remove sleeves and separate legs, flattening each. Then I do the same process for 1 or 2 other suits with complimentary colors or weaves to the first suit.

Next, I lay my handmade sewing patterns out and plan how to maximize the fabric, while preserving interesting details such as pockets and buttons. At this point I am often laying out patterns for up to 8 bags at the same time, from the same menswear. I generally try to use the same suit in at least 3 different types of menswear bags, but have a total of 7 sewing patterns which I use.

Once my plan is in place, I cut out all pieces for each bag, label the pieces, then move on to planning the lining. In the end, all that is left of the suit is scraps no larger than 1 inch wide.
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What is Needle Felting:
Needle felting is a technique in which I use a barbed needle to hand felt fiber into a larger piece of material. It allows me to essentially draw with fiber.

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Care Instructions:

Fleece scarves
Machine wash cold, gentle, lay flat to dry.

Flower pins
Use a damp cloth to spot clean.

Wool bags
Use a damp cloth to spot clean.
If your bag begins to pill (balls of fiber that develop from rubbing, ie your bag rubbing your jacket as you walk, or your sleeves rubbing the sides of your sweater as you move. give the bag a worn look) gently shave it with a disposable razor. Yep! That's right, shave your bag. (Works on your sweaters too!)

Silk bags
Use a damp cloth to spot clean.

Wool insoles
Machine wash cold. Lay flat to dry, then iron. If they "grow" through use, trim them carefully along the edge.