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The Cashmere sweaters are starting to arrive. I could not be happier with my new supplier. I have received over 100 sweaters, so the Cashmere hat and scarf production is moving full speed ahead. Check out some of the steps of how I go through the process.
new sweaters
I love not knowing what colors will arrive. It’s like Christmas every time a box of sweaters is delivered.

sweaters

It’s always fun at the laundromat. People stare at the piles of sweaters I put through the washer and drier. I often get asked “Do you wear all of these sweaters?” . I also get a lot of concerned folks asking “are you sure you want to put those in the drier? They will shrink!”

cut sweaters

The chopping begins. I cut the sweaters apart, remove the ribbing, buttons, zippers. Every little piece of cashmere is saved and reused. I tend to work in color blocks, so one day it will be chopping red sweaters, another day it will be the green ones, and so on. My biggest stack tends to be the 50 shades of Gray!

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At times, a sweater will look like Swiss cheese from the hungry moths. It’s OK, there is still so much usable material to work with, it just takes more time cutting it all apart. It is also much easier to see the holes once the sweater goes through the washer and drier and felts. Each piece then gets inspected. If there are this many holes in any particular sweater, i turn it into scrap pieces…

scraps

That damaged and useless sweater is turned into beautiful felted Cashmere strips which I sew into hats and scarves.

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My tiny showroom is quickly filling up with the Cashmere collection! It is so gratifying to recycle this luxurious fiber. There are days where I chop the sweaters for 12 hours. There are days when I sew for 14 hours. Doing this is a labor of love, and I love every minute of it.

I will be teaching a workshop at Britex Fabrics on Saturday, August 5th.
Scraps to Embellishments , how to create decorative elements from leftover material. Headbands, flowers, leaves, couching method. This class is great for both beginners and intermediate sewers.
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I will be selling my Cashmere hats and scarves at the Five and Diamond Holiday Loft sale at the Chapel.

The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco.
Sunday, December 18th, 11-6

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Free to attend, cocktails and food available at the venue.

New hat showroom!

I am so excited about opening a new showroom/design studio in the Mission. I just can’t seem to leave my favorite neighborhood. The showroom will be open by appointment, and I plan on having regular open studio days. If you would like to make an appointment, please e mail me: elinadavenport@gmail.com

Elina Davenport – Elinary

3012-16th St. Suite 101

San Francisco CA 94103

The showroom is located in a building right across the street from 16 th and Mission BART station. 14, 33, 22, 55 bus lines all stop right by the building. Metered parking on the street and Hoff St. garage half a block away.

 

I will be selling my Cashmere hats and scarves at the SF Etsy indie holiday emporium!

Saturday November 28th and Sunday November 29th. 11-5, FREE to attend and parking available.
Pier 35 in San Francisco.
Shop local!
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Bazaar Bizarre Holiday show

bbannerVisit me at booth #92, Hats and Threads. I will be featuring a new collection of the softest, coziest Cashmere hats and scarves!

Bazaar Bizarre

Concourse Exhibition Center EAST HALL
620 Seventh St. (at Brannan)
San Francisco, CA 94103-4901
Saturday & Sunday, December 1st and 2nd,  11-6PM – FREE TO ATTEND

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