adventures in handstamping fabric

What great joy to print your own fabric. This is probably the best by-product of my stamp-carving adventures. And it came to me by accident, too! I remember that I just picked up the idea to stamp on pieces of canvas because I had already cut them. There was no point on letting fabric go to waste but I was not really expecting to get good results. But I did and now I can’s stop.

Here are my latest handstamped purses:

stamped pencil case 2

stamped pencil case 6

The curved bottom purse was stamped with this Baroque design. This  is one of my older stamps. I didn’t think that it would look nice stamped on fabric but it does. I have come to realize that when it comes to stamping fabric, outlines work best.

The dreamcatcher purse is a result of a new stamp. In fact, this was a stamp that I carved only five days ago. I’ve always found feather challenging to carve, especially since my goal is to print on fabric. However, I found out that not putting too much detail will give you the best results.

stamped pencil case 4

So the stamping lessons from today’s post are: 

Outlines work best.

It helps not to overthink details.


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witching hour decisions

It has been a little over a year since I decided to resurrect my handmade shop. The ride has been steady and fulfilling but at the back of my head, I was certain that I could do more. The answer came to us one restless 3AM (with the help of popcorn, I should add).

This leap happened right around my birthday. For the last couple of weeks, we have been slowly working on beefing up our plans with tangible and workable strategies. Our studio is currently littered with more than the usual amount of doodled receipts and calculations on random notepads.  There have been fist bumps aplenty, too. Yes, yes, we are dorks.

Today, we took the first concrete step into making this plan fly. Giddy!


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toil, meream! toil!

And toil I did. Over the Labor Day long weekend, too. How apt, right?


The following are some of the items I stamped and sewed for various customers:

The Little Prince tote bag for a huge The Little Prince fan. I met the lady who commissioned me to sew this bag during the Medieval Fair. She was carrying a The Little Prince canvas bag then.
TLP tote

This Targaryen handstamped purse is also for her.

targaryen purse

And below is Artemis the cat. Artemis as in Sailor Moon. Do you remember the lady who commissioned me to sew a Luna cat bag? This white version is for her as well. Again, a huge Sailor Moon fan.



The weekend also saw me sewing these coin purses. These are birthday party giveaways. I made these for Zoe (of Zoe and Anais).

coin purses 1

So… er… This post is basically a “show and tell.” And while we’re at it, I want to say that I am currently accepting stamped coin purse commissions. They make for great giveaways!

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