Curated Collections

Tweed Hat by 13 Threads

I received my hat made by 13Threads. And it's gorgeous! Don't you think?

Even more exciting is that it was made with my very own handwoven tweed and lined with Liberty of London fabric. Go on, it's adorable...

Not one for allowing selfies...I had to forgo my quarantine on pics of myself so you could see the magical hat.

 The divinely creative designer behind 13Threads is Lois Sturgeon.  All of her creations are a mix of the old with the new most certainly lust-worthy. She has a particularly pleasing sense of style and creates some of the most desirable clothes I have ever seen. I obsess over each piece and appreciate her point of view. She lives and works in in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

When I saw Lois's hats on her Facebook page,  I wanted one. It was a bold move on my part to ask her to use my fabric, but she was gracious to accept the idea of using the tweed. I've written to Lois in the past, this wasn't just a cold-call as it were. We almost met up in Edinburgh last August but it didn't work out for both of us, but I think the Tweed meeting her hands is almost a better deal.



The tweed was made using imported Scottish tweed yarn from a small mill in the Scottish Highlands, it was woven in a 2/2 twill herringbone. I made the fabric in 1986 at the Marshfield School of Weaving in Plainfield Vermont with Norman Kennedy. My first trip to weave in Vermont was in 1980 when I made two blankets.  I wrote about it here.

What a splendid collaboration of sorts and so very gratifying to see my fabric travel to Scotland (where the yarn was born) and then return in a new form to me.

Photos via 13Threads Facebook page

You can own your very own hat too. Please visit her Etsy shop and see the variety of colors she offers.  See her website here, her Etsy shop here, and be sure to like her Facebook page here.

Rumor has it that she is making another hat for me to be able to sell in my shop. If you are interested, please email me. It's going to be only one of 3 ever made from my fabric. Of course I gave enough fabric to Lois for her to have one for herself.

Before I arrived in Scotland she suggested a delightful not-to-be-missed coffee shop in Edinburgh called Lovecrumbs


I did go and enjoy a proper cup of coffee (Long black) and chocolate pepper cake.  (photos from late August, 2013.


You may recall that some of this tweed was also used for the Gathering Pocket made by Erin Daniels.  I wrote about it here.


I guess you could say that my tweed is getting around.

Erin Endicott Sheldon Gathering Pocket # 2 of 3 is SOLD

this just in...The Gathering Pocket sold on Sunday, Jan. 19th. Congratulations to the person who now has this fine acquisition. 

Erin Endicott Sheldon made a gathering pocket exclusively for the Hank & Spool shop in November. The pocket sold within days. Now Erin has created a 2nd piece in the limited edition of 3. 

This sweetheart of a pocket/purse would be a perfect gift for yourself as an early Valentine gift, no?

Click on this link HERE to be transported to my shop to learn more.

This pocket is a welcome reminder that Spring isn't far away and I'll be walking sans boots, gloves and earmuffs soon. I think I need Erin to make a pocket for me.

Many of you may already be familiar with Erin's work. If not, take a look at her work by clicking on these links:

Facebook: Erin Endicott Contemporary Embroidery

Her website is:

Erin is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship.

The Scotch Draper Erin Endicott Sheldon

Scotch Draper Gathering Pocket by Artist Erin Endicott shown on top of a grey/blue Scottish wool tweed woven by Christine Mauersberger. photo: C. Mauersberger



The Scotch Draper Gathering Pocket by artist, Erin Endicott Sheldon. Limited Edition 1 of 3 

(backing fabric is hand woven scottish tweed by Christine Mauersberger)

Modeled after  18th c. women's pockets. 

The front is Erins' own hand embroidery on raw Irish Linen from a small mill with limited production. It is lined with a charcoal grey cotton flannel. The binding and straps are antique linen mangle cloth and the back is completed with hand woven scottish wool tweed. The tweed was woven by me in 1986 at the Marshfield School of Weaving under the instruction of Norman Kennedy. I initially attended the school in 1978. This is a true collaboration.

Can be worn traditionally around your waist, or as a cross body bag.

Can be worn while taking your mindful walk and gathering stones, sea shells, and whatnot. Can be worn as a side purse for your cell phone and other essentials. 

Your hand fits nicely into the side pocket. It feels soft and cozy. Certainly its contents will be protected in the charcoal gray cotton flannel interior...

The pocket will be available for sale on Hank and Spool later this weekend. But you may email or call me if you'd like to buy this bespoke pocket before Sunday, November, 24, 2013. It will be offered for $200.00. Erin gets 80%/20% goes to me. 

Yay! The pocket sold on 11/23/13!

pocket opening

Back, Gathering Pocket, Erin Endicott Sheldon, 2013 (Scottish Tweed woven by Christine Mauersberger)


Erin's tag: SD for Scotch Draper No. 1 of 3


18th Century Gathering Pocket

These pockets were worn under the skirt. They could hold many small items and would not get lost. They were accessed through slits in skirts. Pockets where almost always decorated to show off their skill. See here.




A bit of background

Hank and Spool is my online shop and it is doing well. I am working on trying to have a balance between making my own artwork and selling fine sewing goods. It is my goal to bring reliable and desirable products to your door.

While I strike that balance, I can state with confidence that what I do know is that I am good at curating art. I was offered the position of head curator at University Hospitals in Cleveland in early 2012 and declined the position to pursue my own art more fully. I enjoyed my tenure there under Trudy Wiesenberger and was able to purchase art from many national and international artists including fiber artists, Lisa Call and Katherine Allen to name just a few.

The call to curate is part of my art skill. I am not an artist without being a curator. I have a particular point of view and aesthetic. 

Therefore it should be no surprise that I have asked Erin Endicott Sheldon to make a special commission for Hank & Spool.

Erin and I began our relationship in 2010 when she won Best in Show in FiberArt International for her Healing Sutra Piece. I when to see the show with my friend and fellow artist, Christy Gray I was drawn to her work and wrote to her as soon as I returned to Cleveland. 

In late 2011 Erin asked me to be in a show that she & Bruce Hoffman curated as part of Fiber Philadelphia called Intimate Stitches.

Last month Erin and I and I had a long conversation and realized that we had much in common. I asked her whether she would like to make something special for my store. 

Erin called me one day and said that she wanted to make a gathering pocket "for all those little things we pick up" She said that she was always finding small stones and whatnot in her own pockets. 

I think the Scotch Draper Gathering Pocket is brilliant. 

Who is going to own number 1 of 3? 

(that is if I can release from my hands)