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Inspiring Artists

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We recently participated in the One of a Kind Show in Chicago and it was a fascinating experience.  The range of ideas and the quality of the work was overwhelming.  Artists came from all over the US and many different countries. The work was varied, from handmade flasks and ceramic pieces to some of the most beautiful artwear I have seen in a long time.  The crowds were enormous, over 50,000 people attend this show at the Merchandise Mart.  Many of the customers took time to speak to the artists and learn about their work and process.  This was a real treat for me, for most of the time I am selling our yarns, tools and accessories for others to engage in the process.  Thanks to all who shopped at the BagSmith Handmade booth.  I enjoyed getting to know all of you and hope you are enjoying your purchases.  And a big thanks to all of the participating artists.  It was wonderful to share stories and ideas, and I hope to see many of you again next year.

Becca

Our Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

It happens every year around the Thanksgiving holiday - our celebration for our customers. From now through December 1, you can shop at BagSmith and take advantage of a 20% discount, and you can use it as many times as you like during the celebration. Just use the coupon code Thankful14 during check out and [...]

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Creative Juices

We're working on unique pieces for the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.  Each handmade piece is made from our yarns and felts, and knit, crocheted, felted and embellished in our studio. The show takes place at the Merchandise Mart  and runs through December 4-7.   We've never exhibited in a show quite like [...]

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Amplify Your Creativity

This has been quite the week.  Voting has started for the Martha Stewart American Made Contest.  BagSmith is a finalist and is competing for one of 10 awards.  The competition is intense as there are so many wonderful companies that are making interesting products in several different categories.  We are in the crafts category and [...]

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Supporting Your Local Yarn Store - LYS

We've been in business over 10 years and know some wonderful people in the business.  I don't know how I would have ever come to develop my products if it weren't for my LYS, Fine Points in Cleveland, OH.  Owned and operated by Liz Tekus, this store has a bevy of great yarns, accessories, and [...]

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Improvising with a Felt Pelt

I've made a few shawls from our new Felt Pelts but last week I really started playing around.  We received the Ecru Pelts which really got me thinking about embellishing them.  So, I cut one in half and overlapped two of the raw edges.  I needle felted along the raw edge on each side and [...]

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Baby Lily's Swirl Rug

Know a new mom?  Here's a rug that can serve many purposes as a child grows.  Our Swirl Rug can line a Boppy Lounger or swing chair and then move onto the floor where you curl up together and read books.  Make one out of a single alpaca or merino bump.  It's washable in cold [...]

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Moms

Now that it's May my thought have turned to Mother's Day.  Many of you know my Mom, Jean, and have had a chance to sit at her elbow at shows.  She's shared her knowledge and techniques for knitting and Tunisian crochet with thousands of people over the years.  We have received personal notes to her [...]

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Hand Embroidery - Learning Something New

I am so excited about the new Sajou Sewing Book.  It is written in English and has clear written and visual instructions for basic embroidery stitches.  I have always wanted to learn how to embroider and now with the help of this book, my Sajou threads, needles, scissors and fabrics and a whole lot of [...]

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New Sajou Scissors

Our friends in Versailles, have just introduced new Eiffel Tower scissors with gold handles.  They are handmade in small French workshops where each pair of blades are matched perfectly and then are put through 20 steps before they are finished.  Scissor making is really an art, and these scissors are an excellent example of that [...]

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