After taking a break from making last Holiday season, I just couldn’t help myself this year— The Ms. Made Holiday Market is a very small collection of Minnesota made goods made by myself and some of my maker friends from work. There are 12 (maybe 13 if I get the last design completed) different handmade products for both men and women and each of the limited edition pieces showcase a slew of delightful handmade details (the leather wallets are super labor intensive as each hole must be punched before the stitching can commence -Holy wow!)
The soft and cozy cowl neck scarves are hand-knit by the very same gal who recently taught me how to hold my knitting needles correctly over jam and cheese. Rachel tried out a new stitch for the market, an extremely luxe herringbone stitch. The Herringbone cowl is soft as can be and looks so expensive. I might just snatch it up as a gift to give to a very dear friend — but I’ll let you call dibs as I can have Rachel stitch me up a cowl at anytime.
Finally, I did what I do best, and stitched up some handbags and clutches, choosing to resurrect an old design of mine from 2007 (the Cherub Clutch). This time I updated it by crafting it out of some very of-the-moment graphic cotton prints—they are just the breath of fresh air that this tried and true style needed! In addition to the clutches, I finally put to use some old feed sacks and leather straps that I’ve been hoarding for a few years by turning them into Knittin Totes (or grocery bags, whatev’s). The totes sew up in a cinch and since I am charging wholesale prices this holiday season they are super affordable.
I don’t want to share everything here so head on over the Holiday Market and pick yourself and someone else up something special. I want this to be a smashing success so that next year I can convince even more makers to participate. I get so much joy out of encouraging people to dream, make, and put themselves out there. Happy Holiday’s!