The past few months have been so busy in all aspects of my life, but I’ve managed to keep things moving along in the Den & Delve workshop. Collecting new materials and inspiration has kept me motivated to keep up production on a variety of zippered pouches. A few flea market trips have also proved successful in finding great new fabrics like striped indigo, authentic painter’s splattered drop cloth, army duffel bags, and a black & blue vintage southwestern poncho (a rare find and unexpected source for repurposing textiles). Each style or pattern has such unique personality, and I’ve been enjoying paring them with various leathers and other fabrics to create just the right complimentary combination.
With my main intentions to always repurpose and reuse existing materials, I also do my best to source scrap and off-cut leather pieces. This is not always an easy task, as most scraps are too small for the size I need to make the pouches. I frequent my favorite local leather shop often to dig through the bins (often with no luck) so it’s also an exciting occasion when I find larger pieces in interesting colors. A recent hunt produced pieces in warm chocolate browns, buttery tans, and even indigo blues!
During a visit to a different local leather supplier (Tandy Leather), I came across camouflage printed leather… I thought i’d try it out on one of my leather knot keychains to round out the assortment of camo printed product in the shop. I’ve been making use of a variety of vintage army prints and canvases, although my favorite is probably the German version, which is also not a common find. The colors are great for paring with a variety of fabrics, with the darkest of spots appearing anywhere from indigo to navy blue.
As with most creative types, for me, the process of creating my accessories is as much fun as the end result. Paring and prepping the fabrics is fun and inspiring, as I draw inspiration from interiors, fashion, and even places I’ve recently been (a recent trip to Hawaii has sparked all sorts of ideas for Spring/Summer… but more on THAT later) …AND I have to admit – organizing & clipping the final pouch pieces and components into little piles ready to be sewn really satisfies the Virgo in me (we love a bit of organization!).
I thank my Den & Delve fans and customers, who have already snatched up many of these new pouches from the shop. But fear not, there are many more on the way! Spring has only just begun, so in addition to the rotating styles and favorites currently in the shop, new ideas and items are in the works. I continue to gather inspiration and materials from my travels and even daily life… when it comes to delving into creativity, leave no stone unturned!