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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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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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Say Hello to My Sewing Partner Smoke the Cat

During 32 years on Earth I’ve been lucky enough to call 2 dogs and 15 cats my pets. At one point my childhood home was stuffed with 2 kids, 2 dogs and 4 cats – that was our peak. Even though I’ve known so many great cats, I never felt real ownership until now. We have two feline friends, Smoke and Lulu. We are technically foster parents to our Calico named Lulu, but after 7 years I think she’s officially ours. Smoke however is an entirely different story.

smokeatsewingmachineThe husband Case and I were talking about getting another cat, but decided our Cambridge, MA apartment was too small for two cats and we’d wait until we got more space. Then one cold October night in 2011, we heard a buzz at our door around 10 pm.

Turns out someone had left a dirty old cat carrier on the doorstep of our building. Our neighbor noticed it after a few hours and got really worried. She took it inside and was about to call the ASPCA when another neighbor suggested Case and I might want it. My life has not been the same since.

I heard the buzz and answered the door. My neighbor was outside, holding up a dark dirty cat carrier, asking if we want a cat. We didn’t even look inside the box and we said yes. I pictured a mangy, feral cat and I resolved to take care of it no matter what.

smoke-in-box-close-up-twAs we open the carrier door and wait for the cat to walk out, a tiny white paw appears, then another, then the most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen. A little 6 pound Siamese cat walks out of the cage, gives her first cry, and steals my heart in 5 seconds flat.

We named her Smoke because she’s grey and appeared out of thin air. We got the all clear from the vet to keep her, and spent two weeks assimilating Smoke with Lulu so they’d build a good friendship.

Almost two years later, all four of us are quite swell and Smoke inspired our cat toy business Ferocious Friends and her own Instagram account. She is always sitting next to me, so when I’m working in my home studio she has to be front and center. Cats and fabric don’t always mix, but we somehow make it work. I mean, with this face, how can you say no?

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Gotta question? We can help!

Untitled-1Designing a new bag and stuck on questions about size, color or style? We can help!

We are happy to announce our new “Ask a Design Specialist” feature on the website. Look for the red button on the lower right corner of our site. Click the button to be connected to us live!

We don’t have office hours – we’re available anytime we’re in front of the computer, so chances are you’ll find someone ready to talk at any hour of the day.

If we’re not online, leave a message with your email address and we’ll respond as soon as we’re back at the computer, (which is really fast unless we’re sleeping.)

Chat with us, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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Help Us Design Your Ideal Diaper Bag

If you follow us on facebook, you’ll see we’ve recently been talking a lot about diaper bags. You guys have been asking for diaper bags for years, and we’re finally ready to debut some designs. One of our favorite long-time customers, Keith & Jennifer, asked for a messenger-style diaper bag ahead of their September due date. We love these guys (see their repurposed t-shirt bag here) and wanted to make it happen.

protoype diaper bagI don’t have first hand knowledge about diaper bags so I asked you guys on facebook. Boy, was it illuminating! You all had such great tips about pockets, zippers, size and straps. Here is the first prototype I made based on Jennifer’s style requests and your functionality suggestions. (PS – How cool is this new fabric? I’m a sucker for a good chevron.)

Jennifer found a cute yellow elephant fabric on another diaper bag and had to have it. Keith found it online and shipped it to us, and we were able to make her dream diaper bag ahead of her baby’s big arrival in September.

Keith wrote us after they received it:

“Emily, it’s beautiful!  Amazing job.  She absolutely loves it.  That liner takes the cake.  We’re so happy to be the coolest-diaper-bag-parents the world has ever seen. Thank you!”

Jennifer wanted a messenger style crossbody bag, but lots of moms asked for a two handled-tote version too. As I’m finalizing the designs I’m still asking for suggestions about what you want in your diaper bag. Moms & Dads – what did you love about your diaper bag? What didn’t you like? What features do you think are most important? Leave a comment below, send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com or leave a message on our facebook page. Thanks for your help making the best diaper bags ever for you hardworking parents out there!

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Do You Live Near Boston, MA? Have a Purse Party at Our Studio!

We work in an awesome artist building in Somerville, MA – across the river from Boston and home to the large collection of artists outside of NYC. We frequently have events in our studio, including Open Studios and Second Saturdays. Lately we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about having parties in our studio, to which I say, Yes, Yes, Yes!

jackie-bachelorette-6.29.13Bachelorette, Birthday Party, Girls Night Out – all great excuses to throw a bash at our place. Peruse the bags, choose your fabrics, and see in person how all the colors look together. We recently hosted Jackie’s Bachelorette Party at our studio, it was part of her girls-only weekend celebration in the city. We had such fun! Most of the ladies designed Round Day Clutches for Jackie’s wedding in August, and Jackie herself designed a Straight Day Clutch to bring to her honeymoon.

Ready to throw your own party? It’s easy to do – just bring your friends and the refreshments. Send an email to emily@elementalthreads.com and let’s get the party started!

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Beautiful Art Made from Tree Saplings by Patrick Dougherty

sw_bookOne of my mother-in-laws (yes, I have a few, the husband Case has a complicated family) just sent me an email simply titled “Gorgeous!” and link. She’s got good taste, so I thought, “I’m in” and gave it a click.

Woah. Wow. OMG.

“Gorgeous” does not begin to cover it. Nor does “breathtaking,” “awe-inspiring,” or my favorite, “friggin cool.”

Patrick Dougherty takes tree saplings and manipulates them into massive standing structures. Some look like houses, others like exotic trees, and some like they came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.

Take a moment to peruse Dougherty’s gallery, it’s worth it. I feel very calm and centered when I’m looking at these. What do you feel? Do you like?

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saleAre you following eThreads on facebook? We post something new everyday, including pics of freshly made bags, questions for you about new bag designs and sweet exclusive deals!

Today is no exception – we are offering a 30% coupon code on facebook, good for 24 hours only. Head over to our facebook page and “Like” it to get all the details!

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