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October 25, 2012

pirtti handwoven portrait

This past weekend I had a photo shoot for my scarves. It was an incredibly exciting day. I had an awesome team (and it took a team!), a great photographer, a lovely model and a beautiful day. At the very end we snapped a few photos behind my house. Above is an out take by iphone. An exhausted but thrilled Mama Pirtti. I can’t wait to share the new photos with you!

november

September 19, 2012

beginning

The countdown is beginning. The second to last set of scarves is on the loom. One more round of measuring warp, dressing the loom and weaving and the collection of scarves will be complete. I am so looking forward to opening the shop again. I even have a few surprises planned as part of the celebration…

a funny story about instagram

September 5, 2012

ace & jig

I joined Instagram awhile back (it’s a party over there!). Other than photos of people’s lunches, their pets and kids (guilty), it’s also a great way to get behind the scenes with designers and their customers. Case in point – I was not familiar with Ace & Jig until I started following Cary & Jenna on Instagram. Through their photos, I learned a little bit about who they are and the clothes they make. A few weeks back when I was visiting L.A., I walked into Mohawk General Store and immediately recognized one of their dresses even though I have never seen their work in person. I found a couple of pieces to try on and immediately fell in love with one. I loved it so much, I snapped a pic in the dressing room, posted it on Instagram and tagged Cary & Jenna and they responded.

This to me, is one of the coolest things about social media. I learned about their brand through Instagram. I became a customer because of Instagram. I corresponded with them about my delight with the purchase over Instagram. The instant, visual gratification of this medium is quite fun, and apparently good for business! I’ve got my eye on a few more pieces now…

follow friday

August 31, 2012

ermie modeling pirtti

Jennifer modeling fall 2012 to-be-named Pirtti scarf

Through Ursula of Modaspia I found Elizabeth of Primoeza. Through Elizabeth I found Jennifer of Ermie. By chance of moving to California and having the opportunity to visit L.A. regularly, I have met with Jennifer in person. I just love how that all comes together!

This past weekend I was in L.A for a quick trip and had the chance to meet up with Jennifer for coffee. (Though in reality it was much too hot for coffee!) I’ve been a fan of her bold and colorful work for quite a while. Having my head in the sand so to speak, weaving away by myself, I wanted to show her what I’m working on and talk through some ideas. It occurred to me that Jennifer has never actually seen my work in person and it tickled me pink that she was ready to buy a scarf on the spot on a hot day. It was great to show her the stuff in person, get some feedback, see what aspects of the work she was drawn to. I’m ready to get cracking on the next few warps and of course have ideas for many more. I only wish there were more hours in the day, or that I required less sleep.

All the ladies I mentioned above inspire me and were the first ones I followed when I decided to pursue this new venture. They all have blogs, and in the spirit of “follow friday“, I highly recommend you check them out.

Modaspia also on Facebook

Primoeza also on Pinterest and Instagram

Ermie also on Tumblr and Instagram

Instagram is quite fun and I find myself addicted. (@pirttihandwoven if you’re interested.) Speaking of following people, I have a funny story about that, but I’ll save that for another day…

san francisco summer

July 30, 2012

golden gate bridge

San Francisco can be incredibly foggy and cold in the middle of summer.

pirtti handwoven modeled

Perfect for testing out my latest handwoven scarf. (Available in November!)

percolating design

May 15, 2012

percolating design - purl necklace

A couple of months ago I attended the Craftcation conference in Ventura, CA. It was an amazing weekend to learn all about the handcrafted business and meet fellow crafty entrepreneurs. One of the many fabulous people I met was Deborah of Percolating Design, whose home base is right here in San Francisco. Her shop is filled with clever “purl” necklaces in a beautiful array of colors. I just love this color combination in the photo. I’m always a fan of stacking, and I think this grouping would look great with a blazer and jeans.

percolating design - purl necklace

percolating design - purl necklace

percolating design - purl necklace

All of the pieces are hand knit and assembled and come in limited editions. Everything is made to order, so you can specify exactly what arrangement you want – from a single strand to multiple strands. (See examples here.) Her shop is offering free shipping until 6/30. Happy shopping!

Best of luck to Deborah on her new endeavor!


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