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Featured Buyer: The Breeders’ Kelley Deal handmade and vintage goods

You may know this week’s Featured Buyer, Kelley Deal, rocks… but did you know she also knits and crochets? It’s true! (Her new book, Bags that Rock, has 20 great purse patterns to prove it!)

This long time musician and fan of all things handmade took a break from touring the world with the Breeders in support of their latest album, Mountain Battles, to search Etsy using some of her favorite words as inspiration. Check out her finds below.

My mom and dad are from West Virginia. There is a rich tradition of needlework and handcrafting there. I can remember my grandmother, hands gnarled with arthritis, crocheting intricate lace using a tiny hook and what was basically thread! My mother taught me how to crochet when I was little and she and I continue to share a love of handwork. We have made quilts together and even roped my sister, Kim, into the process. Kim hand-quilts so beautifully and perfectly I had to encourage her to “make it look more hand done” or people would think it was machine quilted.

I found it impossible to just start at the Etsy home page and pick a dozen or so items. Hours would go by as I just got lost browsing and ambling from one unique piece of art to the next. I had to shake off the “Etsy art fog” and focus my search. What I did was to enter specific keywords about stuff I liked.  Like…Ohio, crossword puzzles, yarn, beads and so on. That really helped me narrow down my list. 


Smokestack Ohio Tee by ChopChop

I was born and raised in Ohio.  Do you know hard it is to find an “OHIO” shirt that is not some variation of red, gray and white?  I gotta get this.

Crossword Puzzle Glass Image Pendant by JoanJewels

I am addicted to crossword puzzles…this is adorable.


My Baby Crossword Puzzles by CubistLiterature

When I searched using the keyword ‘crossword’ this came up. I have no idea why it came up, but I kept going back to it. It’s just really funny: this nice muted polo with these scary, alien bunnies. Very strange. I must have it.

Felt Beads Assortment With Polka Dots by kjoosupplies

These are exquisite!  Look at the color palette. I could just frame this picture and hang it as art.

Mastiff Stitch Markers (set of 5) by weeones

An item that unites my love of knitting and of bull mastiffs? Please. My dog’s name is Carter and he’s a good boy.

Hand knitted Super Wash Merino Wool Socks Handspun Blue Yellow by cherryblossoms

Good lookin’ socks! I haven’t made a pair yet, but when I do, I want them to look just like these.

The Breeders Concert Poster by vrsdesign

Great job! Uh, you need to send me one….

Hand Spun BFL Wool..Tencel.. Merino- 4.5 oz – 2 Ply – Serendipity by Epicurus

Oh my.  Look at the colors.  I don’t know anything about spinning or rovings or whatever. Is the whole process just a big experiment? How does someone plan for yarn to look like these? Maybe it’s best just left as a mystery.

Haphazard 1 – One of a Kind Mini Quilt by summersville

This is really lovely fabric put together so randomly and yet so right.

Art Nouveau Inspired Felt Flowers Brooch, Wintery Skies by designedbyjane

All of this artist’s work is exquisite: such attention to detail and such neat work.

Graffilthy Hoops by dmdmetal

Oh my god: These are so cool. I know this guy. He’s a graffiti writer and he is so talented. His shop is called dmdmetal.  Hi Wand – everyone in Ohio says “Hi!” Let’s see, there’s the ‘A’, then the ‘B’….


For more on Kelley and her new book, check out For more Breeder’s updates, visit Thanks to Kelley for taking the time to visit and happy New Year to all!

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