Dog collars in progress

My first small batch of dog collars is just about ready, and I’m really enjoying how crisp and refined they’re looking (and feeling). I made some improvements to my original prototype, including making them thicker and more substantial, and doubling up on my topstitching thread for a more striking accent along the top. One of the most time-consuming aspects of my design is cleaning up the threads from sewing on the buckle (shown above). Simply clipping off the thread ends looked fine at first, but when I tugged on the flaps the stitches started to come loose. We don’t want that!…

Dog collar design development

Often times when people see my handmade dog accessories they ask if I make collars. So my latest product in development is… a collar! Since I’m a fan of classic design, I wanted my collar to have classic metal tongue-style buckles, with metal grommet size holes. And for the strap fabric, I’m testing out a sturdy canvas or twill accented with reclaimed silk ties. After Pipsqueak has worn it for awhile I’ll get started making a variety of sizes and colors. If you’d like to get an email when they’re available in my shop, just fill out the form below…

Designing the Pocket Critter interactive dog toy

When we got the DNA test results for our dog, Pipsqueak, we learned she’s part Jack Russell Terrier. And terriers like to participate in earthdog trials, where they use their keen sense of smell to hunt down little rodents (typically a rat in the trials). This fascinated me to no end, but our dog is shy and likes to stick close to home. So when she snatched up a little stuffed javelina toy that had tumbled onto the floor one day, we were delighted. To her, it looked like a little rodent — her terrier instincts were kicking in! We…

Preparing for PechaKucha Night Phoenix 2015

On Friday, October 16th, 2015, I’ll be one of the speakers at the PechaKucha Night Phoenix. It’s kicking off Phoenix Design Week 2015 and will be held at The Duce in downtown Phoenix. PechaKucha is a quick presentation of 20 slides that automatically change to the next slide after 20 seconds. The idea is that someone shares something they’re ideas, work, thoughts, etc. for 6 min 40 sec — keeping it short to inhibit long, droning presentations. I was invited to talk about my approach, philosophy, toolsets, and processes, revolving around the idea of pushing beyond our comfort zones and taking…