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SwanDiamondRose: SWANclothing


to balance out all the headless pics. yes, i have a head.

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I made these bags twice. At first they were too fussy. What I really wanted was something simple, humble, pretty. The bags work. They hang well, are strong, and feel good, with a bit of body and a bit of slouch. And I love the cotton upholstery florals, I hunted for them for a while… Mint with tiny roses. Big luminous flowers on midnight black, like flowers in moonlight. A muted circle of dusty roses on tan. My favourite lilac floral fabric. And lemon-lemon yellow with big pale pink climbing roses too. That one just glows. The interior is lined in light grey with a single big pocket.


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I was obsessed with the handles being florals that encircled you and not the regular flat handles. So I made these rounded cotton filled handles, very easy on the shoulder. I love the idea of tubes of flowers. I found matching embroidery thread and hand whipstitched them together from end to end, and hand embroidered the swan logo.


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The wood swan charms were made for me by The Wood Garden. They work with “wood from sustainably farmed hardwood trees”. I think the swans are beautiful. They feel great, and the more they are handled the better they will look. They’re tied on with a little fabric loop. Something about threading the flowers through the wood swan, I love that too. I guess I am a little bit in love with these bags.


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So yes, finally a tote from me for summer!

Find them in my SWANclothing store.

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1 of many colours. more coming later today. see big here.

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Remember this? Still in Toronto, the Floral Lasso totes were only a few stitches in. Now back on the west coast, I finally made time to finish them. I love the fabrics so much, it took me a while to source them out. I love the wooden swan charms I had made for them too. More on those later.

The last work in progress shots taken at my second cousin’s place while I waited for my new apartment, mixed in with some really pretty photos of her growing up …

My cousin in amazing mary janes. I’ll post this big on Flickr.

Whipstitching on the handles… like a floral frankenstein. It makes me nuts in a good way doing stuff like this. Just the idea of embroidery thread matching or complimenting a fabric, and making something in such a basic and really functional way. Love it.

My cousin at boarding school.

A lot of whip stitching. Which I enjoy doing. I did some simple embroidery too.

The front door peep hole grill thing.

Edit and here is that sweet but really sad scene with the girl and the flower, from the 1931 Frankenstein film.

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Cream lace & pink lace, the newest SWANclothing floral lace sock garters in the store now. And here’s another link to my tutorial about how to make your nylons any height you need. Xo from me. {P.S. that tennis girl looks kind of like a tennis playing villain doesn’t she? Found her in a thrift store, and really liked her.}

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Alo! I’ve been a bit quiet out here. I have to blog this before it is too late… a SWANclothing summer lace sock garter giveaway through Westervin. I really like Sarah’s blog and she sweetly inquired a bit about me too…

So why did you choose to name your company SWANclothing?
I think my company may be full of contradictions. The swan reference is one of them. A favorite movie of mine since I was a little girl is Phantom of the Paradise. It’s a really dark, kitsch 70s rock opera by Brian DePalma based on the story of Faust. It’s not soft and romantic or very swan-ish at all. Swan is a character. I really wanted my name to be Swan.

Read more if you like and comment {etc} for your choice of summer lace sock garters. Bye for now!

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People kept asking me where to get the tights I used in my SWANclothing sock garter shoots. Some I bought and some I made. It’s easy!

SWANclothing sock garters available in my store.

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My little spring sale for just one week, Free Shipping on all sock garters in my SWANclothing store. Just a hello from my new SWANclothing summer lace sock garters.

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Leg giggles for sweet summer dressing. They’re light and lace and vegan too. A new little pile of SWANclothing sock garters in light as air colour combinations. To launch them I’m offering Free Shipping for 1 week on all sock garters in my SWANclothing store.

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