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Join the Celebration for Fashion’s Night Out NYC

Only ten days for Fashion’s Night Out Worldwide celebration! Got my tee shirt last week at Takashimaya and added a little Hortensia Handmade touch…a flower pin to show our support. And lovely tee shirt is made in…Peru!.  Forty percent of retail proceeds from the sale of the Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt will be donated by the […]

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Inspiration for Fall 2009

While in Lima I was going through some photo albums and found two photographs that always strike me. One shows my mom wearing this sexy cable mini-dress, the other shows her wearing a beautiful poncho in Ayacucho against the most incredibly blue sky. These images inspired the chunky cables in our Mini Cape, Magliera Sweater […]

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Knits & feathers!

A night out with the milliners guild, the perfect occasion to wear my favorite Hortensia crochet shawl with a cute cocktail hat,  courtesy of the Hatshop. Organized by Saint Germain, set  at the Bowery Hotel, we spent a lovely evening showing off people our hats and outfits… (more…)

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Happy Bastille Day!

Oh La La!, it’s Bastille Day time! We will be celebrating and chanting tonight with the New York City Philharmonic in Central Park. Photos to come…

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Hortensia Spring/Summer Sale at Brooklyn Flea

Hortensia is back at the Brooklyn Flea!, (Fort Greene location) Yes, yes, yes we love alpaca wool but we started knitting some summer pieces in cotton and we LOVED IT! Hortensia will be soon presenting a Spring collection for 2010. Ladies…that means Hortensia will be available  all year round!. Super light weight alpaca silk scarves, […]

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Wise words about knitting

I just read this today on the book I bought about felt and thought it was very beautiful and wanted to share with all our fellow knitters… “Woven fabrics, along with knitting, crochet and lace, are the result of rules applied to string. Like music, these textiles have a mathematical beauty, an internal structure based […]

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Fashioning Felt: Cooper Hewitt Museum

You can’t miss this exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. I picked a rainy day, and spent the whole morning checking it out. I never thought you could so many wonderful things with felt and that it was such a ancient craft.  Feltmaking dates back to the first century AD, in Northern […]

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A First Look, Sandra Backlund Fall 09

Swedish knit queen Sandra Backlund’s fall ’09 collection—in collaboration with Italian knitwear company Maglificio Miles—these 3D shapes leave me speechless, how the hell she does it!! Sandra knows how to keep it cool…               

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From Mexico with Love, “Huitzilli”

“Huitzilli”, in Nahuatl means hummingbird. It is also the name of Emily Cantrell’s lovely store in Brooklyn. Emily works with artisans from the Yucantan Peninsula, from towns such as Izamal, Bekal, KImbila and Merida which I have been lucky to visit. You will find elegant guayaberas for the big & little guys,  dresses “guayabera style” […]

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Ray Ban loves Wool!

Here a cool video from Ray Ban’s Never Hide campaign, a huge ball of wool bouncing thru San Fran’s streets. Thanks Jeremy!

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