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a new little collection for spring April 09 2022

what’s new at kata golda?
i have been very intentional lately about stitching things that bring me joy.
this means i have been refining the collection (thus, my big
sale), refreshing old favorites (like the pocket purse kit and the photo albums) and making treasures for my small batch collection that i LOVE.
i hope that you find something that brings you a little joy too.

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free sewing tutorials for spring stitching…
find over 36 free tutorials on my website.

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my sunflowers for ukraine fundraiser is still going strong…
find made sunflower pins, DIY kits so you can make your own pins,
and a free sewing tutorial. a tiny way to show your solidarity.
100% of the proceeds benefit CARE.org’s Ukraine Crisis Fund.

 

as always, thank you for supporting small makers and shopping handmade.
i feel so lucky to be able to do this work.

warmly,
alison kaplan
founder/owner/maker
kata golda handmade


spring cleaning sale... March 08 2022


i am making space in the studio for the new collection and bidding farewell to some old favorites. find deep markdowns on discontinued items, plain bags and pouches (ready for you to embellish!),
and treasures for kids of all ages.

see a small sampling below… find the full sale HERE.





my spring cleaning adventures led me on a deep dive into my 30+ year old rubber stamp collection. i decided that if i was going to keep them, i needed to find more ways to incorporate them into my daily stitching. i had so much fun playing with stamps, fabric scraps, and thread. i put some inspiration together in the
rubber stamp stitching sewing tutorial.

find that (and 33 other free sewing tutorials!) HERE.


 

as always, thank you for supporting small makers and shopping handmade. i feel so lucky to be able to do this work.

warmly,
alison kaplan
founder/owner/maker
kata golda handmade


imperfect, scrappy hearts January 22 2022

i love stitching imperfect, scrappy hearts.  
some might think that valentine’s day is a corny holiday, and some might be quite reflective on their lives and their loves. this ‘holiday’ can stir up a lot of conflicting feelings. i think of it as a reminder to spread the love and spend time thinking about those we love.
even if it is your cats.
(i love my cats very, very much.)

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take a peek at the small batch collection of handmade hearts
use them as inspiration (along with this tutorial) to make your own sweet gifts, or buy one for your love.
you will also find some special necklaces and little love notes.

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select jewelry is ON SALE! earringsheart necklaces, and bracelets are 20% off through february 7.
♥️ use the code SPREADLOVE during checkout ♥️

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find everything valentine-related in the hearts & love collection

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free sewing tutorials! stitch up our own hearts, a gift bag to tuck them in, or a rat for your favorite (cat) valentine… you can find the projects (and so many more) on my website.

as always, thank you for supporting small makers and shopping handmade. i feel so lucky to be able to do this work.

warmly,
alison kaplan
founder/owner/maker
kata golda handmade


happy new year: journaling & letter writing January 20 2022

writing makes me feel less overwhelmed and more connected to myself. carving out the physical space and the time to take note is important to me. when i am writing, time disappears, and i have clarity and a sense of purpose. ideas flourish and plans fall into place. every year i promise myself that i will do more of it.
and so, once again, i start the year with this intention.

i do not write in a journal in the typical reflective sense. my journals are filled with lists, sketches, and excerpts from letters i have written to friends. i find scraps of paper with lists and little drawings all over the place: in my pockets, on the fridge, next to my bed, etc. when i am in a mindful place, i transfer these to my journal. they flood me with memories of that time. i think lists are so worthy of living in a journal. i don’t mind that the pages look messy when i cross something out or tape in a sketch.
my journal is a fluid and informal chronology of my life.
i started making journals and cards because i love to use them.
i think that when we have well made, beautiful things we are more likely to use them in a meaningful way.

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as a little nudge to encourage your writing practice in the new year, i am offering 15% off all HAND-BOUND JOURNALS and WATERCOLOR & HAND-STITCHED CARDS through the month of january on katagolda.com
*use the code: TAKENOTE during checkout*


embroidered journals • simple & embroidered slim journals
extra-large patched (what i use) • indigo dipped • little felt


watercolor cards • letterpress printed & hand-stitched cards

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free sewing tutorials! if you would like to make your own cards, pocket notebook, or covered journal, you can find the projects
(and so many more) on my website.

as always, thank you for supporting small makers and shopping handmade. i feel so lucky to be able to do this work.

warmly,
alison kaplan
founder/owner/maker
kata golda handmade

 


the (early!) handmade holiday gift guide November 15 2021


why are you receiving this holiday gift guide so early?
making things by hand takes time, there are abundant postal delays, and the kata golda studio is smaller (yet busier) than ever! i want to make sure that everyone receives their gifts on time. the last day for holiday orders is december 13, 2021.

*i will tuck in a wool felt ornament with all orders placed on katagolda.com over $100 until 12/13/21. the watercolor calendar that was available with the code mentioned in the original newsletter version of this gift guide is now sold out.




as always, thank you for supporting small makers and shopping handmade.
i feel so lucky to be able to do this work.

warmly,
alison kaplan
founder/owner/maker
kata golda handmade


tools for stitchers & scrappy free sewing tutorials November 09 2021

 

There is no shortage of sewing notions in my studio, yet I reach for the same treasured set time and time again. I made a collection that is practical and a little extra special to keep you company while you stitch… a thoughtful gift for anyone who likes to work with a needle and thread. Scissor slips, tape measures, and pin cushions are available individually or as a set. The set comes in a muslin gift bag with a plant-dyed silk ribbon tie.

 

It it always an honor to be included in Taproot Magazine. In the current issue 47::SUSTAIN you will find my piece “Using Every Little Scrap.” This concept is the root of my business. I find so much inspiration in my remnant bins, and I love the challenge of making use of all my off-cuts. Here are a few free sewing tutorials (see below) with scraps in mind. These are also sweet projects for holiday gifting.

 

As always, thank you for supporting small makers and shopping handmade. I feel so lucky to be able to do this work.
warmly,
alison kaplan
founder/owner/maker
kata golda handmade

foraging buckets & free fall sewing projects October 11 2021

My hands are always overflowing with the goodness of fall on my morning walks. There is much to collect from my daily loop… madrona berries after a good wind, seedpods from all sorts of wild growing plants, and brilliant fall leaves. I notice the ground more than ever at this time of year as it is reminiscent of my midwestern childhood with colorful and bountiful leaves underfoot, painting the landscape. Although the leaves are not as prolific here in the Pacific Northwest, there are other treasures to be found, like the blanket of pine needles that illuminate the path like a red carpet. A walk down a trail in a new landscape always brings its share of inspiration. Horse chestnuts with similar but differing shapes, acorns with their sweet little caps, and pine cones of all shapes and sizes.

This is the time of year that I am literally attached at the hip to my foraging buckets. In addition to collecting, it is the time for seed saving. I am attentive to the weather as I want to collect before the rain and before a big wind. I gather marigolds, scabiosa, calendula, nigella, hollyhock, and poppy. I do love the fact that many of the seeds will fall to the ground to reseed themselves and be carried off by the birds to grow in another place. I have added a small batch of my favorite foraging buckets to my website, find them HERE.

 

Want to sew your own collection of foraging buckets? This pattern was first published in Taproot Issue 38::FORAGE, and it is now available for sale on my website. I use these little buckets for so much more than foraging. They hold sewing projects and organize craft supplies in the studio. My mom loves to use them for knitting, she can loop the tie around her arm and knit on the go.

 

And don’t forget the collection of FREE SEWING TUTORIALS available on my website. You will find fall-themed projects to keep hands of all ages busy as we transition to darker and cooler weather.


new 2021 fall/winter collection September 20 2021

my new collection is filled with craft supplies and DIY kits. i think so many people have found comfort in handwork this past year, myself included. i also have many new embroidered designs for handbound journals and pocket purses. as keeping in touch feels more important than ever, you will find new watercolor and hand-stitched cards. take good care as we settle into this new season. -alison

three generations of hands: mother's day love April 22 2021