Lina and Vi: 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Around Here

Hey friends - I know it's been a few weeks, and I've been busy planning out the next steps for our first collection Grounds. You will notice that I made several updates to the site tonight, including new photos on the Collections page. I know these photos aren't the best quality, but it helps to share what I've been working on these past few weeks. You will notice that I have included both front and back views of the bags to show you how each bag is unique in it's own way. That's what I love about this and about anything hand or homemade - every item has been touched and cared for in a way that is unique to it alone.

In the last few weeks, I have made a set of small zipper pouches that are great to hold small odds and ends inside purses. I use mine to keep a little "emergency" kit that includes floss, band aids, gum, powder, safety pins, bobby pins, and a hair tie. Of course, for those emergency moments ;-).

I'm looking forward to spending my break from work on learning some advanced sewing techniques and learning more about the functions and features of my sewing machine. For those who might be interested, I use a Brother CS-6000i Computer machine. I've used Singer and Montgomery Ward machines in the past, and I've enjoyed learning to use this Brother machine.

I hope you have a great holiday and have the opportunity to share it with the ones you love.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Site Updates

I hope you're having a great week! Today I wanted to stop in just to mention that you may see some site updates happening in the next few weeks as I find my way around Blogger and the right design for us. There's still so much to do - photos, clothing tags, business cards, sewing, fabric, and more! I'm really excited to get things underway and moving forward with Lina and Vi.

I'm currently working on individual zipper pouches and a new large tote. I like to make sure each bag is unique in some manner, but at the very minimum the burlap used for each is one-of-a-kind. Every print and cut of the burlap is different. There are natural flaws in the fibers and commercial flaws from being used to transport coffee beans from around the world. I think that's why I love working with burlap so much - a truly handmade, unique product with all of it's quirks and character.

Even after a tough day at "my day job", I love being able to sit down in front of the sewing machine and know that everything is now calm, and I can focus on making progress with whatever I am working on at the time. I hope you have something (or maybe someone!) that does the same for you.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Welcome and hello!

Today marks the first post for the Lina and Vi blog, and I am so excited to begin sharing more about sewing! Lina and Vi is a company created to sell various handmade, fabric-sewn products. Currently, there is one collection called Grounds, which are functional bags, totes, and pouches made from re-purposed coffee bean burlap bags purchased at a local coffee shop. I plan to share more with you about the design and materials involved in these products in the weeks to come!

As I get started with this new adventure, I'd like to share a little bit about me. My name is Erica, and sewing has been a hobby of mine ever since I learned some of the most basic techniques in my high-school sewing courses. For me, sewing is both a calming and challenging experience, which is likely why I have continued to sew through the past ten years. It offers not only time to focus on a single task, but also the feeling of accomplishment of creating something from scratch and enduring the mistakes to get there. I find that sewing triggers problem-solving, patience, and planning. Although I am not an expert seamstress (or planner for that matter), I find sewing rewarding for teaching me valuable lessons in learning to design and assemble intricate pieces and processes into a final product. Sewing does not require any fancy lessons - only commitment to learn.

Feel free to say hello via email, the Lina and Vi Facebook page, or comments. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you!