Thursday, February 19, 2009

Model Employee

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And chapter 4 in the sewing pattern chronicles. We have our dear Allie, whose job description here in the studio did not mandate being adorably photogenic, however she is overqualified. I do think I hired her because she has red hair though. One day last fall, I walked up behind her at the cutting counter and held a few different fabric samples up against her locks in the sunshine, just having a look. Unbothered, she kept cutting and folding with only a slight glance over the shoulder and an eyebrow raise at my scheming. I just smiled and walked away.

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Long before I was envisioning the cover shoot, I envisioned the Ruthie Clutch. In thinking about clutches, I thought about the sensibility in a bag with no straps and handles and the person who doesn't mind what some others might consider inconvenient. But I kept seeing the clutch shape as a very sensible thing somehow, due to the size that most clutches are. They are not overwhelmingly huge like so many bags that we carry around these days, because, well, do we fit too much in our bags and in most of our days? And that's were ideas of luxury came in. How fun must the outing be if we only need this little number for our possessions? Pretty fun.

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And combining ideas of being both fun and sensible, I immediately thought of my grandmother. Anna Ruth. Who was often called Annie by my grandfather. But just a few times, and usually in fun-poking flirtation, he called her Ruthie. It would usually be followed with a little suppressed grin from her. And I loved it, little as I was. It wasn't often, but it was fun. Like carrying a clutch. But my grandmother would only bend in favor of fashion over practicality every now and then, but always managed beauty. She was very beautiful.

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So there she is. The Ruthie Clutch.

Been so busy here, finalizing all the printing for the patterns, and updating my website at every little turn. Also managed to add a Good Folks flickr group for my folkish friends. Today I have a new shelf to put together for some studio storage, and finalizing specs and colors for a new kitchen linen collection for fall. Oh! Also, finishing up some photography for a new collection of paper goods that I designed! And, I've got oilcloth in the shop now too! See. Busy. Toldya.

good day, xoxo, Anna

52 comments:

  1. I have to say, I absolutely LOVE Allie's dress in those photos! Photogenic, hard working, and a great sense of style!

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  2. I absolutely adore that clutch!! Recently my local quilt store finally started carrying some of your stuff after I begged and begged. The last time I was in there they had sold out of the AMH fabric! Woo hoo!! I'll keep promoting your great stuff--its amazing!
    Cheers
    Megan
    www.ittysmitty.com

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  3. My mom's name is Ruth, but her sisters and oldest friends have always called her Ruthie, which is very endearing. Naturally, I love the Ruthie Clutch! My mom is quite practical yet remains classy, so this clutch and the idea behind it really make me think of her, not just because of the same name. Thank you!

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  4. sophiefair10:03 AM

    i too love the ruthie clutch, but i really really love the dress that allie is wearing.

    also, i don't blame you for hiring her for her hair -- absolutely stunning. my best friend from university has hair like that, and i've always been jealous!

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  5. It's funny that you should mention holding up swatches to Allie's hair. Ha ha ha! I have red hair too and I used to have an aunt who would do the same thing to me. Love the clutch. And I love that you it's only for those fun days when we get to wear those fabulous red shoes and that little silky dress, just cause we feel like it!

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  6. Hilary10:19 AM

    I love the clutch! Also, stangely enough I have red curly hair and I wore the same dress Allie is wearing yesterday. Us redheads must have similar taste!

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  7. Goodness, what a natural beauty!

    You're kind of a gem, yourself. ;-)

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  8. *sigh* Can I be you when I grow up? You're awesome!

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  9. Everything is so beautiful... from your beautiful employee to your 4th pattern to your new product!

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  10. Love the bag shape and it's fun to hear why people come up with the names for their products. As for Allie...natural beauty for sure. I love redheads...I am one and both of my children (son and daughter) have red hair.

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  11. I'm not even a clutch person...but I love this clutch!!! and I especially love this new good folks line...I thought it couldn't possibly get any better than your previous fabrics...but somehow I love these fabrics just as much!!

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  12. I love the Ruthie clutch! It brings hope that summer and fun outings are just around corner. I especially enjoy the pink and yellow - very fun and carefree~!
    Thanks for brightening my day!

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  13. Anonymous11:55 AM

    Hi Ana, I am soooo Amazed as always. love the new paper goods too :) the clutch is by far my favorite.

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  14. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Yeah for the oilcloth! I'm going to make this cool backpack:
    http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2008/03/backpack-bag-tu.html

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  15. Anonymous12:09 PM

    I love this clutch and the name! My daughter (2 yrs. old) is Ruth Lynn, after my great grandmother and my mother. We call her Ruthie, it has been my favorite name since I was a little girl. I also loved reading the post about your grandmother, precious! This post really made me smile today, thank you.
    -Janelle

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  16. This is SO awesome! I simply can not wait for this pattern! I just made a bag last night using three of your good folks fabrics, the colors and patterns are a DREAM!!!! Do you have a flickr group for good folks yet? thanks for being a rad fabric AND!! pattern designer!

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  17. I love all of your new patterns, and your blog is so inspiring. Your assistant, Allie, is so beautiful. I hope you'll tell us where her dress came from.

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  18. I am so excited to try your patterns! So inspiring!

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  19. I have red hair too, though sadly straight as a board. I would LOVE to have the curls. You should know that redheads are now considered an "endangered species." Recessive gene and all that. So that makes her even MORE valuable! Love the fabric. Love the clutch.

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  20. I absolutely love the clutch, convenient or not.

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  21. I love it! Great design! My grandmother's name was Ruth. She was very beautiful also. :~)

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  22. I love that ! and you are so right she is very photogenic!

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  23. Love the clutch, love the patterns, love the pictures, and Allie's dress.
    How do you manage to find time to do everything you do??!!!

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  24. What a sweet clutch! It actually looks like it would hold more than the few clutches I have. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing! :)
    Also, I covet Allies hair. Photogenic, indeed!

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  25. jenny3:57 PM

    love it!! great model :)

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  26. Love the Bag (given)
    Love the story behind the name (cute!)
    Love Allie's shoes :)

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  27. You are just a doll. And you are one lucky lady to be surrounded by so much beauty!! :)

    I enjoy seeing all of your new stuff and just love all of your patterns and designs!

    Also, wanted you to know we added you to our blog roll on our new website! We are very excited....and will be getting your fabric up soon!

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  28. Dear Anna~

    Oh how smashing! I absolutely love the Ruthie clutch (and what a wonderful name)!! I can hardly wait for your patterns to come out (am already making plans...).

    We were finally able to purchase some of your fabric for our online shop (www.mariemadelinestudio.com), plus a bolt of your oilcloth! I'm so happy.

    Would love to see you one day soon, Anna! You inspire me daily!

    God's blessings to you~

    xo, Achaia

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  29. Wow! Your grandmother really was beautiful and so is Allie. I love red hair, too, and always wanted it... so I married a redhead, hoping to have redheaded children. But, no, my daughter has dark hair like me. sigh. There's always hair dye, I guess.
    Love the Ruthie clutch - very fashionable and it suits Allie's style perfectly! Great call on that one!

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  30. Allie looks great. It must have been trilling for her to be picked as a model. I love the clutch very great. I also want to know about the dress. I really love it.

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  31. Hi, ordered your book lately and I love your blog and think I will like your book too!
    With an attic full of fabric I hope to find some motivation to use some of them.
    Thank you for sharing:)
    I will ad your link to my blog so I can find yours

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  32. I WANT THAT PATTERN. I need to start working on my projects because my new thing this year: Don't by new patterns and fabric until you finished the others I already have. I CAN'T WAIT!

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  33. this is just too beautiful! i am in love with the yellow fabric..

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  34. Amber7:55 PM

    Yay! I've been waiting and waiting for the Good Folks Flickr group! I LOVE seeing everyone's great projects! :D

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  35. Anna Maria,
    I had made a tote very similar to this one a couple of weeks ago. In guess what fabric? One of yours!!! I'm teaching a class on it this coming Friday. I love your fabrics! You are an inspiration!!!

    xoxox Minnie

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  36. allie is sweet...

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  37. love love love this purse!!!!
    and i added you to my new site...thanks :)

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  38. I'm sitting here thinking, "unbelievable". My little daughter's name is, no kidding, Anna Ruth. And her current nicknames are, in this order, "Annie Girl", "Anna Bird", and "Annie Ruth".

    How cool is that?

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  40. Do we get to purchase these patterns this month? I am excited!

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  41. I am being a little impatient, I am sure, but when will the patterns be ready? I have been checking your store (and other online vendors) everyday. I am obsessed. :") Thanks!

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