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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I finally found the photo of Patti Duke and I when Pam Corwin brought her to the Pike Place Market as our bell ringer.  Having grown up watching her television show, I was thrilled to be able to meet her and let her know how much I loved her show.  I treasure this photo and meeting such a beautiful and gracious woman.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Soon the ships will be here and the Market will be buzzing.  If you are in town, I will be at the Market most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  


Monday, January 4, 2016

40% Off Sale!

I love the beautiful woven jacquard fabrics I use so much that, when it gets down to the last one or two satchels in a fabric, it's hard to let them go!  But after 15 years at Pike Place Market, and hundreds of fabrics, it's time to say good-bye.

I am offering my overstock satchels at 40% off at Pike Place Market this month. There are too many beautiful options to list them all, but a few include:

One purple medium shoulder bag, for you purple people, and a couple of cheerful pinks.

Two smalls in a fabric by Ray and Charles Eames, famous mid-century designers

Lush floral tapestries

A wide variety of eyeglass cases, including some in current fabrics.

And of course there is also an array of bags in my current fabrics available at regular prices.

I work at the Market on most Sundays and some Wednesdays* and would love to see you in person, or you can stop by on Monday or Tuesday and see my agent Rachel, or Thursday through Saturday and see Mariya.  We always set up in the North Arcade day stalls. (It surprises many people to learn that we don't have a set space.  Instead, we choose our spots each morning in order of seniority.  Even after more than a decade my number is 101, but fortunately not everyone shows up every day!)

*There will be one or two Sundays and a few Wednesdays in January when we will not be open.  You can call me at (206) 256-0161 to confirm that we are there.

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Oh, my!!!  It has been way too long since I have posted here.  I sure know what my New Year's Resolution will be.  

I would love to hear your ideas about what you would like to see in our Satchels for the New Year!  

Because so many of my customers are from near and far, from Seattle to Australia, my online shop at Etsy will be a very important priority.  I will continue to add new fabrics as well as old favorites as they become available.  

If you are visiting the Pike Place Market in January, stop by because I will be having an "Overstock Sale".  These are all new pieces which are what is left of some of my fabrics which are no longer available.  You may find that zipper bag that goes with a satchel you bought in the same fabric, or one to mix and match at a great price!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feedback from Joan M.

"Hello Sandra!
It has been way to long since I have had a new Sandra Satchel that I need to buy two. I use the many I have all the time and they look as good as the day I bought them. I have never received as many compliments on purses as I do with yours. Thank you and hope all is well."

Thanks for the feedback, Joan.  That's better than a long stem red rose on Valentine's Day.


Friday, November 8, 2013

The Holidays are upon us.....

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Woven Jacquard Fabric

The fabrics I use are Woven Jacquard.  This is what gives it the depth and beauty that no other type of fabric does.  So many of my customers ask me "What is woven jacquard?"  that I decided to look it up in Wikapedia.  Following is the history of Woven Jacquard.  I find it fascinating and hope you do too.

Jacquard weaving

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FourHattersley looms with the distinctive Jacquard head
Jacquard looms in the Textile Department of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in LodzPoland.
Weaving on a jacquard loom with a flying shuttle at the Textile Department of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland.
Jacquard weaving makes possible in almost any loom the programmed raising of eachwarp thread independently of the others. This brings much greater versatility to the weavingprocess, and offers the highest level of warp yarn control. This mechanism is probably one of the most important weaving inventions as Jacquard shedding made possible the automatic production of unlimited varieties of pattern weaving. The term "Jacquard" is not specific or limited to any particular loom, but rather refers to the added control mechanism that automates the patterning.




In former times if figured designs were required, this was done on a drawloom. The heddleswith warp ends to be pulled up were manually selected by a second operator (draw boy), apart from the weaver. It was slow and labour intensive, with practical limitations on the complexity of the pattern.
The first important improvement of the draw loom took place in 1725, when Basile Bouchonintroduced the principal of applying a perforated band of paper. A continuous roll of paper was punched by hand, in sections, each of which represented one lash or tread, and the length of the roll was determined by the number of shots in each repeat of pattern. The Jacquard machine subsequently evolved from this.
The Jacquard process and the necessary loom attachment are named after their inventor,Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752–1834). He recognized that although weaving was intricate, it was repetitive, and saw that a mechanism could be developed for the production of sophisticated patterns just as it had been done for the production of simple patterns.
It is difficult to determine what part of the 'Jacquard' machine, Jacquard himself designed. He may have combined the best mechanical elements of other inventors, but at any rate the machine he made must have differed from its predecessors in arrangement and minor working details. It was similar in most general principles to Vaucanson's arrangement, except that he made use of Jean-Baptiste Falcon's individual paste board cards and his square prism or card 'cylinder', which he is credited with having fully perforated on each of its four sides in lieu of Vaucanson's perforated 'barrel'. Jacquard's machine also contained eight rows of needles and uprights as compared with Vaucanson's double row, which modifications enabled him to increase the figuring capacity of the machine. In his first machine he supported the harness by knotted cords, which he elevated by a single trap board.
One of the chief advantages which was claimed for the Jacquard machine was that, previously in weaving damasks the figuring shed was usually drawn once for every four shots, with the new apparatus it could be drawn on every shot, thus producing a fabric with greater definition of outline.[1]
Jacquard's invention had a deep influence on Charles Babbage. In that respect, he is viewed by some authors as a precursor of modern computing science.[2]
A punch for Jacquard cards
Following the pattern, holes are punched in the appropriate places on a jacquard card at The Department of Textile Art at Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź,Poland.

[edit]Mechanical Jacquard looms

Punched cards in use in a Jacquard loom.
Originally the Jacquard machines were mechanical, and the fabric design was stored in a series of punched cards which were joined together to form a continuous chain. The Jacquards often were small and only independently controlled a relatively few warp ends. This required a number of repeats across the loom width. Larger capacity machines, or the use of multiple machines, allowed greater control, with fewer repeats, and hence larger designs to be woven across the loom width.
factory must choose looms and shedding mechanisms to suit its commercial requirements. As a rule the more warp control required the greater the expense. So it is not economical to purchase Jacquard machines if one can make do with a dobby mechanism. As well as the capital expense, the Jacquard machines are more costly to maintain, as they are complex and require higher skilled personnel; an expensive design system is required to prepare the designs for the loom, and possibly a card-cutting machine. Weaving is more costly since Jacquard mechanisms are more liable to produce faults than dobby or cam shedding. Also, the looms will not run as fast and down time will increase as it takes time to change the continuous chain of cards when a design changes. For these reasons it is best to weave larger batch sizes with mechanical Jacquards.

[edit]Electronic Jacquard looms

Bonas Machine Company Ltd.[3] launched the first electronic Jacquard at ITMA,[4] Milan in 1983. Although the machines were initially small, modern technology has allowed Jacquard machine capacity to increase significantly, and single end warp control can extend to more than 10,000 warp ends. This avoids the need for repeats and symmetrical designs and allows almost infinite versatility. The computer-controlled machines significantly reduce the down time associated with changing punched paper designs, thus allowing smaller batch sizes. However, electronic Jacquards are costly and may not be required in a factory weaving large batch sizes, and smaller designs. The larger machines allowing single end warp control are very expensive, and can only be justified where great versatility is required, or very specialized design requirements need to be met. For example, they are an ideal tool to increase the ability and stretch the versatility of the niche linen Jacquard weavers who remain active in Europe and the West, while most of the large batch commodity weaving has moved to low cost areas.
Linen products associated with Jacquard weaving are linen damask napery, Jacquard apparel fabrics and damask bed linen.
Jacquard weaving of course uses all sorts of fibers and blends of fibers, and it is used in the production of fabrics for many end uses. Research is under way to develop layered and shaped items as reinforcing components for structures made from composite materials.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Congratulations Tracey Gray-Miles!  You won the drawing from those who posted comments and/or photos about your new Sandra's Satchels handbag!  I want to thank those of you who participated in this drawing.  I continue to encourage comments and ideas!

About Me

I live in Fremont sell my Sandra's Satchels at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, the Frame Up Shop in Fremont and at I am a mom and a grandma, enjoy great neighbors at home and at the Pike Place Market. I enjoy the loyalty of my customers, and learning about their interests. It is very rewarding to know that my satchels are worn and enjoyed by women and men in every corner of the globe