TRAVEL POST - HUDSON, NY

I went Hudson, NY this past weekend and fell head-over-heels in love. 

My bags are packed and i'm ready to move.

Later, NYC.

I've got my storefront picked out and eyes on an old Victorian that we'll live in while we renovate it ourselves.

A girl can dream, right?

While I was dreaming, I also took advantage of being in a rustic and charming Airbnb in a peaceful farmland setting and got some fun new shots of a few of my bags, homegoods and the charming town itself.

Fil Au Chinois Pocket Calendar

While drafting an earlier post on my favorite historical tools/materials, I came across some articles on the famous French linen thread, Fil Au Chinois, which means Chinese thread, and some of the history behind this seemingly magical company, mainly in calendar form. 

The brand which has been in existence since 1847, each year would give the calendars to shopkeepers to hand out to their clientele. The oldest one here dates back to 1886, but there may be even older ones in existence. 

They stopped making the calendars around 1938. Too bad, they're so beautiful! I would love to know more about the art dept and the people who created these. It is so hard to choose, but I think 1891 might be my favorite.

Fil Au Chinois has been deemed an important part of French history and has since been revived and is currently reproduced by Toulemonde, a French thread company that has been around since 1903.

Breathing New Life Into an Old Leather Handbag - Mexican Braided Strap

I've been happily working in the studio on some new braiding and lacing techniques for the last few weeks that I can apply to handbag straps. Below are a few pics of one of the new straps that came from this study.

The buckle and clasp ends are saddle stitched and the middle braided parts are a Mexican braid stitch. 334" of lace went into the braided parts and I'm really liking the end result.

I think it does a nice job of breathing some new life into a well broken in bag. Maybe i'll try making a fatter strap, about 2" wide for the next one.

A Custom Hand Laced Leather Bag in Blue

Below are some photos of a custom leather tote bag in blue pebble cowhide leather that I made for a friend. I love how this guy turned out. The slouchyness of this leather is perfect! 

The sides are hand laced using a method of braiding that I came across in one of my whip-making books (more posts on that topic to come!) and the straps are attached with a contrasting black theaded saddle stitch.