Fashion & Fabrics Blog
Beautiful, simple and eco-friendly gift wrap for every Xmittens gift! Take it easy this year and let me wrap all your Xmittens gifts and gift sets in handmade fabric gift wrap using furushiki techniques.
Furushiki are traditional Japanese methods of wrapping gifts and objects in special cloths. For Xmittens furushiki, I have added a wonderful upcycled circle pin created by artisan, Sevenply! Each pin is created from the wood of an old skateboard deck and is one of a kind.
Each furushiki cloth was created using home decor samples saved from the landfill (Thanks Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse!) and awesome pins. Most fabrics have a large floral, or abstract print and each pin has a wonderful graphic design.
This method will not work for larger items…purchase the Xmittens Reusable Gift Bag for larger items and to hold gift sets of multiple items.
Reusable bags are sewn from Organic Cotton jersey and are the perfect size for errands and grocery trips.
Order them both together make a great gift set of Furushiki wrapped Xmittens and reueable gift bag- right on! Find both methods as separate listings in my Etsy shop here. Or, stop by my Studio Pop-Up Shop during open hours.
Recently, I received this wonderful note from a customer of mine and wanted to share….
My husband and I have been purchasing Xmittens for at least seven years. We found Amber’s mittens at a craft-fair during the holiday season and Steve loved how they felt and how unique they looked. So, he purchased them for me as a present. When I opened the gift, I fell in love with them! They were sooo soft and warm!
Unfortunately for me (but luckily overall!) I lost one of gloves. Fearing that we’d never see these type of gloves again, I purchased another set of (inferior) gloves. These barely lasted the rest of the winter.
The next holiday season, there she was again! And she had improved upon her design! Well, we couldn’t resist. Every holiday season someone has bought me a pair of Xmitten gloves or hats. The last pair I bought, short black gloves with dyed material stitched into them, get me a lot of compliments. (I haven’t lost this set yet!)
-Thanks, Cheryl, for this awesome testimonial about Xmittens! I look forward to seeing both you and Steve each year!
The Pop-UP Shop is open all weekends through the holiday and a smattering of weekday hours, too. Check out the current schedule below. More details on the specific events on some of the weekends soon!
November 30, 12pm-4pm (Small Business Saturday)
December 1- 1pm-4pm
December 7 & 8 (Lawrenceville Cookie Tour)- 12pm-5pm
December 14 & 15 (Xmittens DIY Gift Set Weekend)- 1pm-5pm
December 21-22 (Solstice Sale)- 12pm-5pm
Check out details other upcoming events here.
Not only does the Studio Pop-Up Shop carry Xmittens, there are also:
Handmade Ceramic Mugs & Dinnerware from Two Crow Studios
Vintage Clothing & Homewares from my own collection
Hand-dyed Fabrics and Furushiki Wrapping Cloths
refinished and handpainted furniture by Sandy Vansuch of Ludmila’s Emporium and GRRR! children’s clothing.
I don’t know about you, but I do almost all of my holiday gift buying online. I found this great infographic that gives the shipping deadlines to keep in mind as you browse around on the internet.
Click on the image if you want to see it bigger on the website of it’s source, ShipStation.
So, check it out and happy online shopping!
I am a big collector.
When I was little, I collected old people and baby animals. (So did my mom and brother…we usually had a very full house). I also really enjoyed the Poodle figurines that supposedly would change colors depending on what kind of weather would be occurring. (Does anyone else remember those?)
As I moved into adulthood my collections changed… mostly to objects that were mysterious and/or old and/or look like they have a story to tell. Gratuitous collecting led to a very, very cluttered home and studio, so I try (and try and try) to keep that to a minimum.
Items that I will probably always collect are stones and beach glass. I grew up near Lake Erie, so there was always awesome beach glass to search for and find. You can see some of my more recent acquisitions in this photo. I use many of my favorites as pattern weights in my studio. Every time I use them I feel calmer and remember the waves.
What do you collect? Is it useful to you in an unusual way?