Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid! What do you think? Do you like? For me, nothing get’s better than 2013’s color of the year which was emerald. I LOVE JEWEL TONES.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

412Happy Thanksgiving designers! I hope you have a day filled with laughter, family, friends and gratitude. I’m thankful to each of you for lending eThreads your opinions, support, and general awesomeness. Thanks guys! Enjoy the day!

(PS – This is a picture of a wild turkey in our neighbor’s backyard. We live on the 3rd floor so this guy is like 40 or 50 feet up. Crazy!)

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eThreads rePurpose Media Samples

We had the chance to submit our t-shirt bags to a popular magazine and we jumped at the chance! Here’s the thing though – since we make t-shirts bags just for you, we don’t have any in stock. I hopped to it finding some tees and turning them into bags. The Orange Crush t-shirt was actually mine, but I’m happy to donate it to a good cause.

Here’s a Small Pouch, Medium Pouch, Large Zippy Pouch, and deluxe iPad case all made with recycled t-shirts. Want to make your own bag from your old favorite clothes? Click here for more info.

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Yes, We DO Sell Wallets! (Sort of.)

You guys have been asking if we have wallets … YES! … sort of … Here’s the deal: I designed an awesome wallet almost 2 years ago, and somehow it never made it to the site. We’ll introduce it next year, but for now I wanted to at least share a picture of the design. It has 4 pockets for cards (holds over 40 cards), 2 pockets for cash, and 1 zip pocket for change. It’s held closed with an elastic band (so you can cram it with a lot of stuff and it will still close) and keyring attachment. I’ve been using mine for 2 years and love it, it fits in the palm of my hand and clips to the inside of my bag so I never lose it. Here’s some samples, it costs $62 and we can make it out of any cotton and most canvas fabrics. Lined in nylon for durability – I got caught in the pouring rain with my wallet and everything inside stayed bone dry.

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New Fabric Alert: “Tempo” Blossoms Coordinate Nicely

Ooh, I’m liking these two new prints in eThreads’ fabric collection!

Both these guys are called “Tempo” and they coordinate with each other so nicely. They’re both red, black, and white modern flower blossoms. I love adding a little black in there to break up the bag. You can design your own bag with these fabrics … you’ll find them under the “Cotton 4” tab.

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Diaper Bag for Shannon H. in NY

My good friend Shannon is crazy pregnant right now so of course I had to rustle up a diaper bag for her. She’s about to be the mother of her third boy so she wanted to choose some superhero fabric “for inspiration on raising all these boys.” I love her fabric choice, even the inside looks a little like Wonder Woman. You’re going to do great Shannon, I know it!

(PS – she really liked the bag – the title of her email was “GAAAaaahhh”)

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Kindly Words from You Kindly Folks

My favorite part of working at eThreads is making people happy. (OK, truly, the favorite part of my job is buying fabric, but making people happy is the next best thing.)

wrapped-in-boxWhen you place an order with eThreads, it is reviewed and printed onto a little slip of paper with your name, date of order and bag specifics like fabric, zipper and lining colors. We even check if you wanted the fabric rotated or if the bag is for a lefty, because that changes how we make the bag.

That little slip gets pinned to your bag at every step. After the bag is cut, pressed, sewn, pressed, and quality checked, we remove the little slip and wrap up the bag. We write a personalized note, tuck it into the bag, and wrap the whole package in recycled red tissue paper, brown paper and brown packaging. I imagine the next person who opens the box is meeting their bag for the first time and that moment makes me smile.

The coolest part is hearing it straight from you guys. It’s really overwhelming the lovely notes you write us. I love all the exclamation points, smiley faces, and promise of pictures. I love hearing about the compliments you received and how you told all your friends about eThreads. Truly, making you happy makes me happy and messages like these just make me downright blush:

Thanks so much for the bags, they’re awesome and most importantly Britt loves them! She was really excited to switch bags and start using these ones.  And thank you for sending them faster, we really appreciate it.  And just so you know, Britt said she’s probably going to get in touch with you about gifts for the girls in the wedding party; that’ll probably be in the early spring at some point. So thanks again Emily, you did such an awesome job with this.  We really appreciate everything!” – Rob C., Brewster NY

I love this bag!  I’ve been using it non-stop since I got it.  It’s the perfect bag to hold my laptop, office work, lunch and a change of clothes for the gym.  It’s strong and comfortable too.  Thank you!” – Kate G., Cambridge MA

I love the latest bag that I ordered from eThreads! Your dedication and outstanding customer service continues to impress me. I appreciate all the work you put into making sure that each bag I order is one that I will be happy with. I have received so many compliments and enjoy spreading the word about your wonderful products and service. I can’t wait to design my next bag!” – Kate E., Seattle WA

Hi Emily, I received them and I love them! All of them turned out so well. I can’t wait to show and present them to the girls! Thanks again!” Stephanie J., Austin TX

I received my clutch today and I love it! It was my first order, but it won’t be my last.” – Jessica M., Springboro OH

Boy you were right about my making some good choices! I love the way the wristlet turned out and had a great time remembering all the little choices I made. It was really easy to create the bag and I’m happy with the result. I took it on a road trip this weekend and, as a girl who tends to favor pockets over purses, I really appreciated having this cute little bag. I think that it’s great that eThreads is so polished from top to bottom.” – Katherine M., New York NY

 

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Do You Live Near Boston, MA? Come Visit Us for Second Saturdays!

joy street artistsAs I’ve mentioned before, we work in at Joy Street Studios, an awesome artists building with 60+ artists blowing glass, making guitars, sculpting, painting, creating … I love working there so much.

We usually open to the public only twice a year for Open Studios, a city wide massive art event.  Now our awesome building just got a bit more awesome – we’re open the second Saturday of every month, just for you to stop by! We’re just getting started, but there’s over 20 of us participating every month. Spend the afternoon walking through the studios, talking with the artists, and watching how the work gets done!

We may be starting workshops too, so stay tuned for more info. Check out Joy Street’s facebook page for the latest info on our Second Saturdays extravaganza. See you there!

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New Fabrics are My Happy Place

fabric-shelfConfession time … I maaaay have started eThreads partially to pardon my fabric addiction. Every time I stopped in a fabric store or perused online, I could finally say, “It’s ok, it’s for business” and feel good about dropping cold hard cash on my cotton and canvas.

So, with that in mind, our big fabric shelf at the studio is my happy place. It’s colorful, it’s whimsical, and I remember where I bought each fabric, so it’s kind of like a trip down memory lane.

 

pow-fabricWell, my happy place just got a whole lot happier because we added dozens of new fabrics to the site and seeing them stacked up on our shelf is making me giddy. You guys have been asking for more navy prints, nautical themes, butterflies, owls, flowers and other graphic goodness. I found everything you’re looking for plus fabric you’ve likely never seen before – Mini coopers, Superheroes, Star Wars and Tootsie Pops – what to the what?

 

You’ll find the new prints under “Cotton 4”, “Canvas 2”, and “Specialty.” Look for them on the bottom of each tab. People have already been making some really gorgeous bags with the new fabrics, check em out:

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Do you have an opinion about bags? We’re always on Facebook talking about freshly made bags and asking your opinion on new bag designs. Your input directly guides our design process because we want to make bags you love!

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