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more clutches

Another batch of clutches for Urban Air Market - September 16th!

This one is sitting out in the sun to get a nice patina, and also to mold the bottom out a little so you can fit more goodies inside.  The leather is from Hermann Oaks Leather in St. Louis - which I am completely happy with because, as you know, over here at Pennyroyal we are all about American manufacturing!  Oh yeah!!  All the little strings still need to be hand sewn in, but I think ,all in all, it is a good looking and functional clutch.  Nice and sturdy, too.  Because you would not want your pretty little night-time goodies to go flying out all over the side walk!

A friend asked me today if I had thought about dying the leather with tarragon or alkanet, which is funny, because I was just wondering earlier in the day if it would be possible to use my favorite dye combination - logwood + iron - to get the leather a nice grey color.  I am going to test it out next week.  See what kind of mess I can make.  Hopefully a beautiful one!

And...I am on Twitter now.  PennyroyalCA.  I am still trying to work out the language - and what the heck I am suppose to tweet about!  But people said I should do it, so what the heck.  There I am.

Ta ta for now.  Enjoy the weekend.  Love your friends.  Kiss your family.

xoxo

new wool clutch

A new clutch.  Made with organic wool that has been naturally hand dyed by me.  The wool is from Woolgatherer Carding Mill.  You can read about what they do here.  Lined with hemp summercloth.  Little leather straps to tie it up.  Big brass zipper.  Approximately 14" wide and 10" high.  You will be able to purchase one in the new shop next week.

mine

mine

I made this bag today out of the natural linen I had on hand.  It is a bit smaller than the others but with all the same details - ticking lining, big double pocket and key holder.  And, of course, the same leather fringe which I am absolutely in love with.  I am going to keep this one as a tester.  It may need to be wider.  We shall see.  I like everything I make to be really functional and strong, because even though things should look good, they really should be incredibly well made and stand up to use.  Otherwise...what's the point?  Next, I am onto lots of linen napkins and tea towels - who couldn't use more of those - and some naturally dyed produce bags in lovely indigo shades.  I use them all the time for the market, but also for lunches and just general carryalls.  They are sturdy and super cute!

So, now that I am done with my sewing for the day, I am out to plant bush and fava beans, winter and summer squash, onions and strawberries.  My little one will be planting his yearly watermelon.  Hopefully with more luck than we had last year when the field rats and gophers ate them.  Bad, bad field rats.  Bad, bad gophers.  I hope you are all enjoying your day - wherever you are - as much as I am enjoying mine.  xoxo