Monday, July 4, 2016

Trail Pixie Studios is a Supporting Sponsor at the 2016 Vermont 100 Endurance Ride and Run




Trail Pixie Studios will be selling Gator-Bait Gaiters and other handmade gear during race packet pick-up on Friday, July 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (Participant packet pick up is from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
  • One pair of Gator-Bait Gaiters will be donated to the raffle!

Plan on paying with CASH as we cannot rely on cell service for credit card charges at Silver Hill Meadow.  No holds/exchanges, no personal checks, all sales are final.

$20     One pair of pre-sewn Gator-Bait Gaiters, including
sticky back Velcro for two pairs of sneakers.

$1      Additional Velcro (Sticky-back VELCRO strips for two pairs of sneakers)

$15     Head Bands

$20     Neck Gaiters

$25     Beanie Hats

$5-10  Sale Bin

Trail Pixie Studios looks forward to supporting 
runners, pacers and crew at the 2016 Vermont 100.

Happy Trails,
Emily "Trail Pixie" Trespas

For photos and currently listings please visit Trail Pixie Studios Etsy Shop.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gift Giving Ideas — Custom and Pre-sewn Accassories— Cyber Monday

FILLING UP THE SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

You'll Find Lots of NEW PRINTS 
for custom orders for 
head- and ear bands, 
Buff/Neck Gaiters and 
Gatior-Bait Gaiters for sneakers.

CHECK IT OUT!


My postcards arrived from vistaprint just in time 
for gift giving and holiday letter writing. 
Three different sets with six cards in each—
or create your own group of six.

Available here:

Happy Days!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Malden Mills Polartec and Cat Hats

In this cat hat you can just barely
 make out the "medium" on the brim.
When Malden Mills opened a retail store, next to their mill in Lawrence, Mass., I spent many afternoons pawing through their sample bins and buying yards of fleece. 
 One-of-a-kind
Much to my disappointment, the retail store closed several years ago. Still, after sewing (and selling) 100's of hats, mittens, and stuffed animals, I have bins of this amazing Polartec fleece on hand. 
 
Quality matters. The fleece sold in big-box/chain fabric stores pales in comparison. Malden Mills Polartec does not pill. It's made locally and with a percentage of recycled, post-consumer plastic bottles.  After many washings  (and air drying) the fabric looks like new. No Kidding.
 
Sometimes the retail store's bins would have experimental fabrics or the end runs of bolts intended for companies like Patagonia. I scored several yards of this fleece in a bunch of different colors. How did I know it was for Patagonia? The name is in the fleece. So when you see this pattern in one of my hats, that’s the story...

A 3M reflective ink was printed on this fabric. 
I used it for the ears' backs...for safety.


For more accessories created with 
Malden Mills Polartec Fabrics 
please visit my  Esy Shop, Trail Pixie Studios.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Creative Problem Solving: Reversible Hat

Yesterday I put down my school grading and set to resolve a creative conundrum that I'd been thinking through. Because thinking alone was not leading to results, I started to create some tactile solutions out of fabric.
The question at hand:
How do I make a reversible hat—
in as few steps as possible?

The process took about an hour and roughly two large hats (one you see here) and four little doll-size caps. When I thought I had it, I zipped confidently to my machine to sew, when I turned the hat right-side-out . . . nope, nope again, drat. It was time to reflect on my process. I needed to slow down and pay attention to the incremental stages because to reverse one or two of them meant the hat would not be correct. 

Figuring out how to make this hat, without a pattern, took some trial and error, allowed for ideas about possible innovations, and was fun. My brain felt good making various iterations—and the hat fits comfortably!

I've sewn (hats) since high school, mostly with Malden Mills fleece. Now that I have all these fun spandex prints, I am branching out and plan on combining the two materials.
 New fabrics in my stash:




Thursday, October 16, 2014

New work in the Museum Shop at the Addison Gallery of American Art

Located on the campus of Phillips Academy is the Addison Gallery of American Art. They have a small and sweet museum store that carries select Trail Pixie Studios accessories.
Please stop by if you are in the area!
Addison Gallery of American Art
180 Main Street,
Andover, MA 
(978) 749-4015 
http://accessaddison.andover.edu/






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

St. Pat's 24 Hour Race

some of my latest ear warmers
 
My friend Jeanne P. is a Co-Race Director for the St. Pat's 24 Hour Race in South Bend, Indiana. When she asked if I would donate some ear warmers I was delighted to contribute! I wish I could participate in the race as it sounds like a very special and well-organized event!

For details about the race visit www.stpats24hour.com 
or visit Ultra Signup.