Thank you, Los Angeles! (a Renegade Recap)

Renegade LA

Joanie and Nina

It’s been a busy few weeks! Eastside Handmade was lots of fun, and Renegade LA followed closely after. I had a couple helpers in my booth at Renegade LA, Nina and Joanie, who were utterly charming and helpful while I ran around the fair and connected with some of the other participating artists. Plus, I participated in a small pop-up market at one of my favorite fabric shops, Sew LA! It was a whirlwind week, and while I feel energized after spending so much time with friends and fellow makers, I have to admit that I’m ready to take some time to rest and recharge my creative batteries.

Renegade SF Snowflake 1

Not to worry, my vacation is still a little ways around the corner. Next up I have Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco! This is one of my favorite shows of the year – so many talented artists participating, plus it means a weekend of seeing old friends and visiting one of my favorite cities in the US. I hope you’ll join me this weekend and finish your holiday shopping at Renegade SF!

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Favorite Purl Bee DIY projects – Holiday Edition!

DIY supplies

Are you making any of your holiday gifts by hand? I tend to make at least a few gifts each year, although I never seem to have enough time, and end up buying the rest of my gifts on Etsy or at local craft fairs and holiday markets (like Renegade!) When I do have some free time to work on DIY projects, I love to turn to The Purl Bee, one of my favorite DIY project resources, for inspiration.

If you’re like me, and are starting the holiday season with the best intentions to make your gifts by hand, maybe these DIY projects from The Purl Bee will get you started!

If you knit:

purl bee knitting projects

Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf / Super Soft Merino Hats

If you sew:

liberty potholders

Liberty Hot Pads – because no one can resist a liberty pattern (including me)

Do you have any DIY projects planned? Do you prefer to buy all your gifts, make them all, or a blend of both? Don’t forget about my tutorials for hand stamped gift wrap and furoshiki gift wrapping, to wrap your projects once they’re finished!

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On Fall / Winter 2013, and feeling thankful

pillows and trivet

You may have noticed that I launched the fall/winter 2013 additions a couple weeks ago! I am pretty excited about the new things in the shop, but as with many things in this business, it was quite a struggle getting everything ready for the big debut. I was working overtime the last few months testing out new colors, patterns, and designs, and I finally decided on a handful new pieces to share.

azure coaster

First, the hotly anticipated Azure coasters! I asked my helpful readers to vote on their favorite color to add to the collection of coasters, and between the votes counted on Facebook, Instagram, and the blog – Azure was the winner! I love this color, too. It’s a gorgeous bright indigo, and the patterns just look superb as a contrast.

gold triangle trivet

grey and gold tabletop

I kept the new trivets under wraps until the debut – no sneak peeks of these guys! I thought it would be fun to add a new item using a slightly thicker 100% wool felt – this material is such a pleasure to work with. I developed four new trivets for the shop, and I can’t wait to see how you use them.

blue triangle pillow small

pillows on bench

The blue triangle pillows aren’t exactly a new addition – they are a reboot from when I first had them available in 2011. But taken as a whole, the collection of small pillows has a whole new look. While I’ll miss the bright poppy red, I am really enjoying this new palette.

stacked patchwork pillows

patchwork pillow 5

Finally, the patchwork pillows from my One Kings Lane sale sold out so quickly, I knew I needed to add a few more to the shop. I’ll be adding new patchwork pillows every month, and each one is one-of-a-kind, never to be replicated.

I want to take a moment to say that I am very thankful for all the support you have shown me this year. Every kind word spoken in person, every like of my photos on Instagram, each time you reccommend my work to friends and family – it means the world to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting my creative endeavors – I couldn’t do this without you!

I learn something new with each collection, and this fall/winter launch was a lesson in patience. It took me quite a bit longer than expected to release these new products, and I’m hoping to find a way to start a bit earlier on the next collection. Life throws curveballs at you sometimes, and I’m still learning how to make the most of the hours we get each day. I’ve already got a plan in the works for the Spring 2014 collection! Until then, enjoy these new items, and keep an eye out for new patchwork pillows every week through the end of the year!

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New Stockist: Butter Home in Seattle

butter home

Excited to share my latest addition to our list of stockists, Butter Home! Butter Home is a tiny brick and mortar shop in Seattle, specializing in unique and well crafted home furnishings, decor, and gifts.

Butter Home is Cotton & Flax’s 15th stockist – it makes me so happy to have so many of my favorite retail shops carrying my work. Have you checked the full list of Cotton & Flax stockists to see if there’s a shop in your neighborhood?

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Cotton & Flax on Design*Sponge

Design Sponge Feature

It’s always exciting to see Cotton & Flax getting a little press, but I am such a huge fan of Design*Sponge that it feels extra flattering to find some of my work featured there. Check out our Charcoal Confetti coasters in their roundup of coasters that do more than protect your table.

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Cotton & Flax for One Kings Lane

Cotton & Flax for One Kings Lane

Have you seen the Artisanal sales over on One Kings Lane? They’ve been featuring some awesome makers: beautiful indigo dyed textiles from Ermie, unique hand-built ceramics from Ben Medansky, and the my favorite candles from Oui. I’m excited to announce that the Cotton & Flax Artisanal sale for One Kings Lane starts today at 6pm!

Cotton & Flax patchwork pillow

I created five one-of-a-kind patchwork pillows for this sale, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to buy one, hurry on over! If they sell well with this OKL sale, I’ll make a few more to have in the shop for the holiday season.

It’s always nice to have my work displayed alongside other talented artisans. Handmade items make your home special, and I am glad to see that companies like OKL are highlighting the value of handmade home goods. The sale runs until October 4th, so check out the sale while you can!

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New Stockist: Collector in Berkeley

Collector

Happy to announce another SF Bay Area stockist! Collector in Berkeley is now carrying Cotton & Flax tea towels and coasters, along with their usual offerings of affordable fine art and beautiful handcrafted pieces from talented local artists. If you live in Berkeley, stop by and see what’s in the gallery this week!

collector shop

Check out the full list of Cotton & Flax stockists to see if there’s a location in your neighborhood!

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Cotton & Flax visits Momen+

momen+visit

In my ongoing effort to highlight the best fabric and craft shops in Los Angeles, and Southern California as a whole, I am excited to share my visit to Momen+! My friend Nichole had been telling me about the great selection of Japanese fabrics at Momen+, so we took a trip down to Torrence to see what they had on the shelves.

momen+ thread

Momen+ had a great selection of notions and specialty crafting supplies that I haven’t seen elsewhere. These beautiful threads, meant for hand stitching, were some of my favorites.

momen+ fabric

indigo fabric momen+

I loved all the different indigo fabrics, can’t get enough of that color.

fabric momen+

ribbons and ricrac momen+

This shop was filled to the brim with beautiful fabrics, and lots of color! From the bright Echino fabrics in the first photo, to the colorful ric-rac and cotton webbing in the last, there was no shortage of color in this shop. If you live nearby, visit Momen+, you’ll find fabrics there that are hard to find, even in bigger cities!

Check out the other fabric shops I’ve visited, and if you know of a store I should visit, let me know in the comments!

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Art Print collaboration with Schoolhouse Electric

Schoolhouse Electric Fall

Before I founded Cotton & Flax, I worked primarily as a fine artist, selling my prints, drawings, and collages online under my full name, Erin Dollar. Since then, Cotton & Flax has taken up most of my free time, and I haven’t released new artwork for sale since 2011. This week, I can finally share an awesome collaboration I did with Schoolhouse Electric, a fantastic lighting and home decor company based in my hometown, Portland, Oregon. They just released their new Fall catalog today, and guess who has a print featured in their new collection?

Underground - Erin Dollar

This is an image I created back in 2011, when I was exploring imagery surrounding old stratigraphic charts, and the mysteries of what’s buried underground. You can see that I was also developing some patterns in this image, as each layer features a different tone and pattern.

Schoolhouse Electric

If you live in Portland, stop by the Schoolhouse Electric showroom to see all the art they’ve added to their collection. I am excited to be featured among talented artists like Becca Stadtlander and Shanna Murray! If you don’t live near Portland, you can check out all their new art offerings online!

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My new favorite magazine: Anthology

Anthology Magazine

Last week I took a quick trip up to Portland to visit family, my first long weekend off from work in quite a while. My friend Laura gifted me a few back issues of Anthology Magazine a while back, and I spent the two hour flight perusing them. I don’t normally find flying to be all that luxurious (maybe I’d feel differently if I rode in first class, instead of crammed into a middle seat in the second-to-last row, seated next to two armrest hogs…), but something about kicking back with a magazine makes me feel like I’m on vacation. The fact that Anthology happens to be beautifully designed and wonderfully inspirational is just the icing on the cake.

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Anthology is a shelter and lifestyle magazine, founded by Anh-Minh Le and Meg Mateo Ilasco, that takes a narrative approach to its coverage of home decor, travel, design, entertaining, and culture. I love the peeks into beautiful homes, they feature so many different styles of decor and each new home they feature feels fresh and unexpected. I loved reading the article about Jenny and Joseph Conway’s home in Portland, Maine, which captured all the unique details of their small space. I loved the honesty of that piece, the way they shared how their home has come together over the years through scavenging and collecting things from around their community.

Anthology Magazine

Now that I’m back from my trip, I’m hoping to get my hands on the newest issue of Anthology. Are there any other new magazines I should check out? What do you like to read on vacation?

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