Another Batch of Coffee Sweaters Ready – handmade gift items available at Sunworks (Red Deer, Alberta)

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Another set of Coffee Sweaters were dropped off to Sunworks yesterday afternoon. The last batch sold FAST. I am starting to see my knit items pop up in use around town which is pretty fun.

This new group sports some brighter colors and bolder patterns. They are all hand knit and naturally hand dyed of Canadian produced wool that is milled right here in Alberta.

Sunworks is located on Ross Street in Red Deer, Alberta. It is a great place to look for niche items that make for special gifts.

Knit items by Debra Hunter
Red Deer Alberta & Pender Island, BC, Canada
www.thehuntergroup.ca

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New Coffee Sweaters Available at Sunworks (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) – Handmade Canadian Gifts

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A new set of Coffee Sweaters has recently been delivered to Sunworks. These Coffee Sweaters are a great way to keep your coffee warm and your hands comfy. Each Coffee Sweater is made of Canadian produced wool that is milled in Alberta. The wool is then hand dyed in natural dyes and the Coffee Sweater is knit by hand. These are an awesome stocking stuffer or a great little gift to send in the mail as they are compact and unbreakable.

Sunworks is located on Ross Street in the heart of downtown Red Deer.

 

Coffee Sweaters are “handmade in Canada” by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Coffee Press Sweater – New Knit Items

I’ve been a little slow on blogging lately due to being super busy. Part of the busyness has been working on a lot of natural dyeing and a lot of knitting. Hours of knitting everyday. I have been trying out a few new items and writing out the patterns as they develop, plus tweaking a few items that have been “in progress” for quite some time. Developing ideas can take a lot of time.

I was asked recently about knitting a cover for a Bodum coffee press. I had not done one before but decided to give it a try. In my mind it was straight forward, which it was, what took the time was making up my mind which colors to use. I couldn’t decide whether to use very conservative colors and patterns, or maybe some odd color combination with bold patterns, in my mind I could see it being done both ways. In the end I chose a middle ground, a very conservative pattern with a rather different color combination of purple, brown, yellow ochre and white; a color combination that you don’t usually see, but I think it works as it is a little earthy and a little oddball; it is interesting because it isn’t mainstream.

Of course once I finished the Coffee Press Sweater I had to dress up the mugs. The Coffee Mug Sweater is a variation on my Coffee Sweaters, with the size altered for mugs and the inclusion of a button opening. I chose to knit these in muted shades of the same colors used in the Coffee Press Sweater. This way they co-ordinate without being too matched. The pattern is also similar, but not the same. I think coordinating the set, but not matching could be a fun theme to explore. With winter coming I could have a whole range of covers to switch up the look of the table on a daily basis.

The wool yarn used is Canadian produced and milled here in Alberta. I hand dye the yarn in natural dyes and knit the pieces by hand. In this piece the dyes have been made from pomegranate, cutch and logwood. The buttons used are recycled.

For the moment this item will be a special order item. By doing each set individually, and chatting with those ordering them, I can make the piece more unique and they will in turn be more of a showpiece as you serve your coffee.

Feel free to contact us through the website below if you are interested in this item; we will ship within Canada. It is also a great gift item for those who like items that are handmade and made out of natural and locally sourced materials from right here in Alberta.

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Hand dyed and hand made by Debra Hunter

Red Deer, Alberta and Pender Island, BC, Canada.

Studio H

www.thehuntergroup.ca

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Coffee Sweaters Now At The Whyte Museum Shop (Banff, Alberta)

My Coffee Sweaters are now dressing up lattes, mochas and double doubles in the mountains!

The latest batch has found a home at The Whyte Museum Shop in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Just think, you can visit the museum, buy a coffee sweater, pick up a nice big coffee at one of the great local coffee shops, and then enjoy your coffee in spectacular world class scenery. The makings of a great day.

If you are in Banff be sure to pop in and check out the museum, the shop and the coffee sweaters.

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Coffee Sweaters by Debra Hunter
Studio H & Hunter Photographics

Red Deer, AB and Pender Island, BC

www.thehuntergroup.ca

Illustration, Tags and Buttons

I have been wanting to add an illustration to the packaging of the “Coffee Sweaters”. As I have another group of sweaters ready to package up I thought it was the perfect time to do the illustration and create the tags. I wanted something simple, basic and a little rustic.

 coffee sweater illustrationThe illustration originally started out at about 8 inches high. I then scanned the image and cropped it down to 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. The size was to match a tag I currently use in packaging.

 tagsThe tags are printed on a heavy beige paper with mottling; I think it is a nice change from stark white.

coffee sweater and tagsThe tags are displayed alongside a “Coffee Sweater” that has been naturally dyed  in Lac. I hand dye and hand knit all the “Coffee Sweaters”. They are embellished with re-purposed buttons which creates a fun “not so matched” look.

 wooden buttonsOn the topic of buttons, I have been back at making wooden buttons. These ones are from a neighbour’s tree that blew down in a storm. Branches give a very rustic and natural look (obviously!) . The buttons on the left are the natural color, while the ones on the right had a dip in an exhausted logwood dye bath. I think the dye bath really enhanced the character of the buttons, and the color worked better on the “Coffee Sweaters” I attached them to.

I am hoping to photograph the latest batch of “Coffee Sweaters” in the next few days and then I will share the pictures here.

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Hunter Photographics & Studio H
photography, art and hand-made items by Debra Hunter

www.thehuntergroup.ca

More Coffee Sweaters Ready For New Homes

Coffee Sweaters at Sunworks

A new batch of Coffee Sweaters has just been finished and are ready for new homes. The latest batch are a variety of colors and some are even dressed up with hand made wooden buttons (because I have so much free time! LOL!).  This collection was delivered to our  local  Sunworks shop , located at 4924 Ross Street in Red Deer, Alberta. Pop on in and check them out if you are in town. There are even a couple of Coffee Sweaters with heart motifs just in time for Valentines Day.

 Coffee Sweaters at Sunworks

I also sell Coffee Sweaters personally and can be contacted through my website at www.thehuntergroup.ca .

Art , photography, illustration and fibre wearables and useables
by Debra Hunter
Hunter Photographics & Studio H
www.thehuntergroup.ca