March 25, 2021

Sustainable, Durable, Fashionable: Vegetable Ivory Buttons

  • Ivory buttons scattered over blue fabric.

Buttons add functionality and style to every garment. Our vegetable ivory buttons do that while serving as a sustainable alternative to plastic buttons.

Each button is carved from tagua, a nut known for its resemblance to ivory both in look and feel. The nuts are produced by a type of palm tree native to rainforests in Central and South America and have long been used as an animal friendly substitute for ivory.

We offer two types of vegetable ivory buttons: Solid white and spotted. (The spotting is due to natural color variations found in the raw tagua material.) But if you fancy a different color, vegetable ivory is still a great choice. The tagua nut material is full of microscopic pores and will easily soak up dye.

Our buttons come in a pack of four and vary slightly in shape and size. In general, each one is about the size of a quarter.

Vegetable ivory’s good looks and durability made it a popular button material before plastics. Today, these buttons serve as a unique, environmentally friendly, and eye-catching choice!

Our buttons are made in a tagua workshop in Ecuador that primarily employs young women, allowing them to earn money while staying in school or supporting their families.

March 24, 2021

Join me this Sunday on Facebook Live

  • A photo collage with various stitch markers.

This Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EDT, I will be hosting a Facebook Live event debuting new spring shawl pins, earrings, and stitch markers. See magnetic shawl pins “in action,” learn how our shawl pins can be used as accents on silk scarves, and receive special gifts with purchase!

It’s all happening right here.

Hope to “see” you Sunday!

Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $35.
Reasonable international shipping.

February 22, 2021

Oh So Lovely Hidden Gems

  • A skein of yellow and green yarn next to a printed knitting pattern.

Our Hidden Gems base is a soft and scrumptious blend of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% bamboo fingering weight yarn with 436 yards per 100 gram skein and is one of our top selling yarns. It was featured in the Seed Club from Yarn Garden (Charlotte, MI) in the colorway “Garden Party.” The kit with the “Succulent Spikes” pattern by Lindsay Potter is available on our website with your choice of yarn color and cute little buttons to finish off your beautiful rectangle shawl.

Hidden Gems is an excellent yarn for any fingering weight pattern, especially for cowls and scarves as it is soft and squishy. The bamboo in the yarn lends to a unique coloring as it does not pick up the dye like the merino, giving it softer shades in areas. We have many colors to choose from in our online shop. Feel free to contact us with any inquiries!

February 17, 2021

NEW Magnetic Shawl Pins inspired by the Pantone color of the year for 2021! 

Pantone color of the Year for 2021 is a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray + Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

These one-of-a-kind artist pieces have a depth and colors which must be seen in person to be truly appreciated. They are made from hand cut and forged copper that is then hand painted with alcohol inks and glazed for a high gloss finish. Pictures just don’t do them justice. Each one is signed and numbered. Made by hand in Ohio.

MAB Elements shawl pins are perfect for keeping you shawl in place with style, but also so much more. Wear on your winter coat, sweater, hat, cowl, you name it!

Gift certificates available.

Free shipping on all U.S. orders over $35.

Reasonable international shipping.

November 19, 2020

Beautiful Handcrafted Nature Inspired Shawl Pins, Buttons, and Notion Bowls.

  • Leaves and leaf-shaped metal jewelry.
  • Colored dishes and KNIT pendants in red and white.

I’m a jeweler and obsessive knitter, and I wanted to combine both of my loves. The handcrafted jewelry, stitch markers, shawl pins and notion bowls that I create are inspired by nature and modern forms, and executed in enamel, bronze and precious metals. I work with the fire of the kiln and powdered glass to create unique one of a kind pieces. I spend most of my spring, summer, and fall foraging for plants, leaves, and flowers. Then I create molds to make pins, necklaces, and jewelry with them. It really keeps me grounded to witness the beauty in nature and what the earth can produce with its unique treasures. I’m so humbled by it.

Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival: Tricks and Treats

Join 22 of the best and brightest in the fiber industry for this two-day virtual fiber frolic. We will have vendors presenting everything from fiber and yarn to bags and stitch markers. Each vendor will have a 45-minute slot every hour on the hour to present their company to you. Each vender will be sharing with us some “tricks” of the trade. Whether it is introducing you to the animals that provide fiber or a dyeing demonstration, each hour will have something new and unique to share. Come learn how to wind a skein of yarn into a ball without a swift or ball winder! Watch a pottery demonstration. Come see something set on fire! And as an even more special “treat” the vendors have collaborated with a show color palette with special yarns and products available to coordinate your next project!

The date is this weekend, October 31-November 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time and running until 9 p.m. both days. We hope to see you there!

September 24, 2020

Fall Series of Facebook LIVE Events

  • A koala and sloth bag with a clear window.

When the weather changes this time of year, the fingers itch to begin a new project — and along with a new project comes a new project bag! Tika Bags has created some new designs with new fabrics to celebrate the beginning of fall and KNITTING SEASON!!!

We will be hosting two Facebook LIVE Events in October to celebrate. Join us October 17 and 18 at 1PM EST to see our new fabrics, new products and a Give-Away! Tune in to find out how to enter the contest!

Shoppers will be able to purchase directly from the LIVE event using Comment Sold, so you can pre-register at tikabags.commentsold.com/account ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss out on the first few goodies.

In addition to our quality crafted project bags, Tika Bags has become known for our unique and cleaver notions. We scour the marketplace to find the bestest and brightest tools that exist. So plan on finding some here during these events. This year we’re offering a Trick or Treat bag with every purchase of $75 or more. Why shouldn’t we adults have some fun and mystery too?
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Yarns For Big, Squishy Knits!

  • A chunky cowl in green, blue and pink speckled bulky yarn.

I know, I know. Its only July. It’s about this time every year that my mind starts wandering into images of cool weather with such a chill that makes me happily reach for a bit of knitted comfort. So I am thrilled to announce that my Poseidon Super-Bulky single-ply yarn has been born!

This base is kettle dyed in small batches so no two skeins are alike. The feedback on this yarn has been so positive that I had to make a pattern for it. My Anemone Cowl is now available FREE for a limited time both on my website and on Ravelry. It is the perfect companion to this giant skein of luxurious, squishy yarn! If you want a super fun, quick knit with just a little bling – this pattern is for you!

I incorporated both the Channel Islands Cast On and Bind Off for this cowl and the results are stunning. The overall texture of this cowl is meant to show off the beauty of variegated yarns. You are of course free to use whichever super bulky yarn tickles your fancy, but I would love it if you would tag me on Instagram @maelstromfiberarts when you post pictures of your project!

You can download the pattern for free through the end of July at maelstromfiberarts.com and on Ravelry. Happy Knitting!

Jennifer – Maelstrom Fiber Arts

June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival

  • An illustration of a laptop with a blue ball of yarn on the screen advertising the Virtu-wool Fiber Festival.

Bewitched Pigments is proud to sponsor the June Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival being presented on Facebook. We will present 19 other vendors throughout both Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, 2020 with a new vendor starting a 45-minute live video showcasing their fiber related products with a new presenter beginning on the hour each hour from 10 a.m. EDT until 8 p.m. EDT.

Vendors will present a wide array of products including bare and hand-dyed yarns, yarn bowls and boxes, shawl pins, buttons, bags, stitch markers, patterns and fiber tools!

Bewitched Pigments will be the final presenter rounding everything out with a special announcement at the end of their live video. The Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival is an inclusive and welcoming event and we hope you will all join us throughout the weekend.