Saturday, May 24, 2008

sweater girl

recently i opened my mailbox and found the sweetest package ever: a hoop-framed embroidered portrait of gertie, made by floresita of feeling stitchy, a very inspiring and informative group embroidery blog. i was overwhelmingly touched by this gift, because she sent it as a thank you for a little something i gave her, but this far surpasses the original! she said she was inspired by my post about gertie's wardrobe. thanks again flor, hope to stitch with you soon ;n)

Monday, May 19, 2008

bobbi fashion show

way way back on the very last day of march, design goddess barbara schauwecker showed her new BOBBI CLOTHES collection for 2008.

of course the spectators were like a fashion show as well...

barbara's prints are always my favorite element of her work, and these may have been her most spectacular yet. keep an eye on her online shop (currently empty, as they've all been snatched up!) and check her out at Renegade; she's sharing a booth with Treehouse and they'll be right next to me!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

it's nearly time again!

oh yeah, mark your calendars! it's exactly one month until the 4th annual Renegade Craft Fair, june 14-15 in the McCarren Park Pool and all your favorite SAPLINGS will be there: hodge podge (but of course!), treehouse, callieco, bobbi clothes, raeburn ink, a.s.i.s., 31 corn lane, and probably more but i'm just reading off the vendor list, which you can see here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

brooklyn flea recap

the last weekend of april you may remember that i brought hodge podge to the new hotspot that is the Brooklyn Flea. the Etsy peeps had invited me to participate in their booth and help promote classes at the Labs. my co-horts callie and jenny were there with me, as well as my etsy buds julie, danielle, mary and aviva. it was super fun, but the weather was cold and drizzly so it wasn't a great sales day.

jenny certainly had the most colorful customers of the day!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

hodge podge cottage

most of you know that my clothing label, hodge podge, consists entirely of one-of-a-kind pieces. this has always been my philosophy: that there are plenty of mass-produced clothes out there, so my mission is to bring back an appreciation of hand-wrought, labor-intensive, often un-reproduceable, special pieces. however, this is also what slows me down (well, one of many things!) and for years i have struggled with whether i should do some styles in a more production-style manner.

so, out of this inner struggle comes the new label, hodge podge cottage (as in 'cottage industry'). i will produce a handful of multiples of certain items that lend themselves to it, for example the wraps you see above. these have been one of my most popular items since i began making them a couple of years ago, and the way the pattern works, a 3-yard cut of fabric yields two of them. so they are the first hodge podge cottage style, with more to follow! find them in the shop of course...