First Handbag Making Workshop

Twenty-two curious knowledge seekers gathered together Sunday at the Carriage House at Crabtree Gardens to test their skills on learning a new craft- stitching their own leather handbags. This was the first workshop that we organized with the hopes of educating others as to what actually goes into the construction of a finely crafted hand-stitched leather bag.Spring Sling Handbag Workshop 2016-02-21 022

A two-panel bag with raw edges was chosen for its simplicity. We named it the “sling”. The leather parts were pre-cut and stitching holes were pre-punched so that the main task at hand would be learning the saddle stitch. To simplify the construction, hardware was pre-set into the leather tabs making it easier for our stitchers to handle. The bags were laid out and upon sign-in, Kristy discussed the thread color options (black, brown or white) and each one chose a bag to work on.

Spring Sling Handbag Workshop The Kristy Bag by CG kristybag.com Crabtree Gardens Carriage House WorkshopsSmall parts and straps were bagged and tied to the panels. Good planning and prep made all the difference.

Trend Setting Handbags and Accessories Spring Sling Handbag workshop the kristy bag by CG Leather HandbagKristy explained the saddle-stitch technique and gave a demonstration then both she and Dave canvased the room to assist. Our stitchers were very determined and each one finished their handbag within the time-frame that was scheduled.

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Laura is hard at work.

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Lynette pulls the needle through the hole.

Kristy originally designed the prototype bag to have optional hand-drawn, henna-like artwork that she effortlessly applies free-hand. She created some drawings then Dave painstakingly cut them into custom stencils so they could be traced at the workshop.

As they prepared the parts, Kristy and Dave came up with an ingenious idea to cut a leather hang-tag so the attendees could practice their art skills to get the feel for the leather and if they felt comfortable enough, they could then apply the drawing to their handbags. It worked just like they planned! Almost everyone drew on the tags and then some had confidence to apply the artwork to their handbags.  They seemed to like the unexpected hang-tag too!

Make your own handbag henna stencils The Kristy Bag by CG Veg tanned leather handbag Crabtree Gardens workshops Kristy Lash artistWe offered a plethora of beads to string on the ties to further personalize the sling.

Make your own handbag with The Kristy Bag by CG Bead for Spring Sling Workshop Crabtree GardensWhen the stitching was complete, Dave applied permanent rivets attaching the shoulder strap to the rings stitched into the bag. Each person had their handbag sized to their chosen length. It was a great custom touch!

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Dave Crabtree, leather artisan concentrates on riveting the shoulder strap to the handbag creating a truly custom- sized handbag. Photo: Christine Rosenberger

At the end of the workshop as each guest was leaving I asked it they would be willing to display their bag. Here are the 22 one-of-a-kind handmade works of art!  We were blown away with everyone’s enthusiasm and creativity.

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Jo’s darling!

 

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Rebecca’s sweet!

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Catherine’s chic!

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Mom Ivanna and daughter Emily.

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Emily’s gem!

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Ivanna’s loveliness!

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Sandy’s delightful!

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Christine’s classy!

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Lynette’s loveliness!

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Cindy and Sylvia-another mother and daughter!

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Cindy’s elegance (left) and Sylvia’s charm!

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Linda’s precious!

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Mother and daughter Annie’s adorable (left) and Jenny’s attractive!

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Angela’s alluring! My apologies to Angela for the shaky photo 😦

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Jillian at left and her mom Lisa in center strike a pose with friend Lynn.

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Lynn’s beauty!

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Jillian’s captivating (left) and Lisa’s enchanting!

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Sara’s appealing!

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Mary’s posh!

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Melissa’s beguiling!

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Mom Mary with daughter Melissa.

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Laura’s lovey!

Spring Sling Handbag Workshop 2016-02-21 073 (2)We had five mother’s and daughters here and didn’t even realize it! Here’s the fifth mother and daughter, Laura (above) and Elizabeth, and the last to leave the Carriage House with their works of art!

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Elizabeth’s enduring!

After a fantastic job of instructing the stitchers and sharing her tips with everyone, Kristy headed over to the workshop to help with additional handbag accessories like our new leather flowers.

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Kristy Lash, co-owner, designer, artist and today’s workshop instructor at The Kristy Bag by CG’s Spring Sling Handbag Event. Photo: Christine Rosenberger

Some attendees chose to purchase colorful flowers adding additional spring pizzazz to their bags.

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Annie’s hand-dyed “Coveralls Blue” flower looks so pretty with the floral pocket on her sweater. Spring-like temps in February made the day!

The Summer Clutchlet is our next handbag workshop planned for Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1-3:30 PM. For additional information visit our event page on kristybag.com.

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Summer Clutchlet Handbag Workshop May, 22, 2016

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Inside of the “Clutchlet”

Note: We would like to thank Sassy Sweets from Conyngham, PA for creating a special take-home treat for our workshop. Molly created Rice Kristy treats dipped in chocolate and finished with sea salt for each attendee. They were the perfect finish to a wonderful day of stitching! I neglected to get a photo of the tray of sweets. I promise I won’t forget at the Summer Clutchlet Workshop.

 

 

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Explorer- New Trend Setting Handbag

Our newest handbag is on the worktable. Commissioned specifically for an *online contest as the giveaway prize, its only mention was through a sketch posted on a blog several months ago. Trend setting handbag New trend setting handbag design Explorer handbag Crabtree Gardens Handbags The Kristy Bag by CG
This new handbag design has finally been patterned and will be going into the prototype process shortly. The anticipation is building in our workshop and we want to share the excitement with you! The name chosen for this handbag is the “Explorer”.

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Three types of leather in four colors will help to create the prototype of the new “Explorer” handbag created by designer Kristy Lash and leather artisan Dave Crabtree.

Kristy and Dave planned to create a modern bag that would give the look reminiscent of having been taken on a journey long ago. Not quite vintage luggage, but suggestive of it and made to be functional and attractive for contemporary times. The name was also chosen as a clue leading to the answer for the online contest mentioned above.

We are not aware of small handbag manufacturers sharing workroom details about how they develop and manufacture their bags so we are certainly trend setting in this respect.  If they do share, well then we’ve been late getting on that island. 😉

The “Explorer” handbag  is allowing us to develop and explore some interesting, trend setting avenues.

  • Visually, this handbag is unique for The Kristy Bag by CG.
  •  We will be utilizing 3 different types (bridle, milled, pig suede) and 4 colors (dark brown, tan, natural, black) of leather to create this bag.
  • The hardware chosen is a modern twist on a classic style with the spring-loaded, trunk-style-latch front closure in shiny nickel (reminiscent of old suitcases). In addition, the shiny nickel rings and other hardware will reflect tiny glints of light evocative of sunlight reflecting on water.
  • Added to our usual heavy-handed construction (hand-sketched, hand-patterned, hand-cut, hand-punched, hand-stitched), we have journeyed to the tannery to hand-select the leather specifically for this handbag. (Not many bags have that amount of human touch involved in the creation these days.)

And now, for the het stuk de resistance (aka piece de resistance in Dutch) of this post~

The Plan of Manufacture

Main Body-The main body of the bag will be constructed using a dark-brown bridle leather. Bridle is known for its weatherabilty, durability and strength.

Accent Stripes-There will be two strips of a lighter shade of bridle leather accenting the body of the handbag in a double racing stripe pattern. (Reminds me of the stitching pony post, Kristy is cringing now as she reads that 😉 ) It’s actually meant to be suggestive of old luggage, you know, the kind they used two belts to hold together back when wind power was the rage for ocean voyages.

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A lighter tan color bridle leather is stitched with black waxed thread showing a detail of how the double stripes will look on the darker bridle leather lending the “Explorer” its belted look.

Side of Bag-Both sides of the bag will have tall pockets made from the soft, milled, veg tanned leather that we use on our “Raw” handbag line. The light color will patina with sunlight bringing about a gently aged look.

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A soft, milled, natural veg tanned leather will create the side pockets on the “Explorer” handbag. This pale color will patina to a soft caramel color rather quickly. This sample is stitched to show the top detail of the pocket against the darker brown, bridle leather body.

Inside-The inside base of the bag will be lined with black pig suede for that “Lining-a-la-Lash” feel. The top inside flap will left unlined so that the natural characteristics of the split side of the leather can be appreciated for its unique mottled appearance each time the bag is opened.

Construction- Saddle stitched with black waxed thread.

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The mottled appearance of the split side (underside) of bridle leather is shown against a sample swatch of saddle-stitched black pig suede lining. The “Explorer” handbag will have a fully-lined inside body but an unlined top flap. This is a unique and trendy design detail allowing the intricacies of the natural leather underside to be seen.

This new “Explorer” handbag will evoke a feeling of two eras, sinuously melded together through the application of thoughtful detail and trend setting design. We are thinking of it as discovery. As we gain momentum we will post photos. We hope you will continue to sail along with us on our handbag journey.

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish that counts. ~Zig Ziglar

* Additional information about the “Explorer” giveaway will be given on this blog at a later date. Follow the blog Her Way at Crabtree Gardens crabtreegardens.wordpress.com for previous clues to the answer.

Friends Leather Necklace

Today is “Friends Day” according to Facebook, as they are celebrating their 12th birthday.  Happy Birthday Facebook! Where would we all be without you ? 😉 Friends Day is a serendipitous way to introduce our newest trend setting leather accessory! And after checking the blog stats we are just 12 visits away from reaching 10,000 views. WOW! Where did the time go?

Trend setting leather necklace the Kristy Bag by CG tribal art on leather Kristy Lash hand drawn art on leatherYesterday on Facebook, we put some photos out there showing our necklace prototype.  We asked for your opinions. Was it a thumbs up or thumbs down? Although Facebook didn’t help us to share it to the masses, we still like them anyway. Actually, we like them even more today since we are calling our new accessory the Friends necklace, not because of Facebook friends, but rather because it’s like a couple of friends “hanging around together”!  Get it? I’m cracking up 🙂

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Friends Leather Necklace is like friends (two-three different kinds of leather) just hanging around together.

We joined two different kinds of leather pieces together (sort of like friends) to come up with our Friends leather necklace. We start with a wide piece of heavy leather, then take a tool called an “edge beveler” and shave the sides to show a bit of the softness inside (everybody has a little bit of softness inside). Then a narrow strip of our veg tanned leather, which has been treated to the hand-drawn artwork by Kristy is laid in the center and riveted onto the wider piece by Dave (friends working together). We make it a fashionable accessory with a leather calf-skin lace and in the future we may offer it on a chain. To give it the authenticity of Kristybag, we brand the backside with our CG logo.

So we’ve got 3 different kinds of leather going on here, hand-drawing, a little bit of metal hardware and possibly hand-dying. It’s really like a leather friend party don’t you think? We feel this could be a very trend setting idea in the line of leather necklaces and accessories!

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The Friends Leather Necklace displayed on the front panel of our “elizabeth” 24/7 wristlet has the same vertical design line as many of our “Signature” handbags.

We will be offering the Friends Necklace in various color combinations and of course no two will be exactly alike; however, we can custom make two that are very close in design style and color but they will not be the same, should you want to share one with a friend 😉 The next photo shows just a few colors and another hand-drawn pattern.

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It’s our own original design and an attention-grabbing piece of leather jewelry! Think of all of the possibilities! Visit our website Kristy will be adding these necklaces as they become available. Let us know your thoughts.  Oh and by the way, it would be nice if you would be our friend and share this with your friends!

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