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My upcycled shirtsleeve wine bags

>> Friday, April 16, 2010

There's a great little shop in downtown Waynesboro that features a rotating assortment of wine and beer (especially local varieties) and unique gifts. River City Art & Wine Emporium is one of my favorite shops, and is definitely a highlight of a slowly regenerating downtown. And every other Friday, they host a wine tasting that Tony and I usually try to attend.

Earlier this week, I stopped by to meet with the owner about selling some of my work in the shop. I couldn't be happier about her enthusiastic response. She wanted me to bring by some of my work right away because she's expecting a busy weekend (the city is hosting a fly fishing festival tomorrow). I currently have two handbound photo albums and five of my sewn wine bags for sale. The wine bags are made from upcycled shirtsleeves, and I made the coordinating gift tags from extra pieces of fabric from the shirts.

Upstairs in my studio, I have a stack of about 20 cut-off sleeves ready to be turned into wine bags. And I'm looking forward to another thrift store trip to sift through racks of men's dress shirts in hopes of finding some new gems. I'll also be posting photos soon of the albums I have for sale in the shop.

River City Art & Wine Emporium

407 West Main Street, Waynesboro, VA
Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm


Diana April 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

Katie, wow! Those wine bags are so creative! I really like them!

Katie April 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

Thanks, Diana! I'm planning to make a bunch more this weekend. :)

Anonymous April 18, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

This is such an awesome idea! And what great patterns/colors on the shirts.

Katie April 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

I'm glad you like 'em. Tony and I have had a lot of fun looking for shirts for this project. There are some crazy options at Goodwill!

Eileen April 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

Katie, thank you so much for the nice things that you said about the shop. Brings a smile to my face. Very little traffic this past weekend but did have a woman who is getting married soon, she took your card and was thinking about asking you to make her wedding album! She loved the cherry blossoms!

Katie April 28, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

Eileen, I love your shop and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of it. Thanks for spreading the word about my custom work too. I'll let you know if I hear from the bride-to-be!

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