This Craft Fair sponsored by the Humane Society supports a cat shelter in the MetroWest area. It is a wonderful event! The weather was great and the location is perfect. We meet lots of nice people. Someone always has a good suggestion for an interesting bag design. This was our fifth year and we are looking forward to returning again in 2019.
Our display at craft shows.
A customer asked me what was the difference between a brooch and a pin. I gave her an answer but then I thought I’d look it up. For all who are like minded, here is some of what I found. (There was a lot.)
A brooch is an ornamental piece of jewelry that can be affixed to clothing, cloaks or hats by means of a pin with or without a clasp. However, “pins” are the general category for such pieces of jewelry, and “brooches” are a specific type of pin. So all brooches are pins, but all pins are not brooches. Brooches were first worn in a functional capacity to fasten or secure articles of clothing. They evolved from simple pins to elaborate and decorative during the Middle Ages. Brooches have been constructed out of every conceivable jewelry material from precious metals to plastic. Every motif, theme, fad and fashion has been construed as appropriate for brooch design. All manner of jewelry techniques have been applied from enamel, gem-setting, animation, engraving, etc. allowing brooches to become badges that make a statement. We must have a statement for you.
These definitions are loose, and one person may call a piece a brooch, while another calls the same piece a pin. Both brooches and pins are meant to adorn clothing. We use ours to adorn the bags.
So, there you have it; a pin is a category, a brooch is a pin in the category.
Come join us! We have a booth at Central Flea this Sunday August 19 ,2018 11:00am -5:00pm
91 Sidney Street Cambridge, MA
Behind the Fire Station
The Market is there every week end and we are booked for a few of them. (Dates to follow)
The Central Flea is a ode to our roots; a Cambridge-style flea welcoming all styles of goods from Boston Art and Vintage to Afrocentric and Salvage, Food Trucks to Fair Trade. All are welcome to join us in celebrating Urban Diversity in the cultural epicenter of Cambridge, Central Square! Held every Sunday, May through October.
We had a great day at the Heritage Craft Fair. Thank you to Pam for spending the day. The nice shoppers who stopped by our booth and the other vendors in our area were all a great pleasure to meet.
We unveiled our new Boutique Bag Shop. Upscale tote bags, Brooch pins for embellishment and comfort bags.
The day was a great success.
March 24, 2018
45th Annual Heritage Craft Fair
Keefe Tech High School, Framingham
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Winter is here meaning thick socks, long underwear, pants, jackets and coats. When your hands and feet get cold, it can seem impossible to shake off that freezing numbness and feel warm again. So, instead of using electric heat pads, hot water bottles and blankets for the cold, or your aches and pains, try our new comfort heating bags. This useful little item will surely be a God-send this winter, and for many more.
They also serve a dual function as you can also keep them in the freezer to use as a cooling pad or freezer pack when needed.
The bags have been recommended for such maladies as;
Or for just warming up cold feet or a cold bed.
They’re known by a few different names such as: bed buddies, stress busters, rice or magic bags, corn cozies–but they’re basically all the same thing. Our homemade warmers can be customized by style, fabric and essential oil scent.
Directions: Place bag in microwave. Start with one minute and work up from there in 10 second increments until you get to the warmth you want. As always, please use common sense and safety precautions. Do not overheat, you could burn yourself and we all know what burnt corn smells like. YUCK! You also would not want a fire in your microwave.
Enjoy your bag and if cared for properly it will last for years to come.
A customer was complementing our bags at a craft show recently. She then mentioned that there was another vendor “down the line” selling pins. She thought that they would make a nice embellishment to the bag she was going to purchase and we should team up. We took her comment to heart and decided to created our own.
Material Threads presents our Embellish Your Bag line of Pins & Brooches.
The brooches come in several sizes. They are made from buttons and beads with filigree backs and pin clasps. Some of our stock material is quite old, our depression-era grandparents did not believe in throwing reusable items away. So we are reusing them!