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Featured Buyer: The Breeders’ Kelley Deal

Dec 31, 2008

by missbatch

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!

Looking for past Featured Buyers? Check out our archive! 

Mastiff Stitch Markers (set of 5)
Mastiff Stitch Markers (set of 5)
Hand knitted Super Wash Merino Wool Socks Handspun Blue Yellow
Hand knitted Super Wash Merino Wool Socks Handspun Blue Yellow
RES-001A  VINTAGE Rare RESIN or LUCITE VERY LARGE FOCAL Cinnabar RED with BLACK SWIRLS OOAK     OVAL destash BEADS     30mm x 20mm     pkg 6      1940s
RES-001A VINTAGE Rare RESIN or LUCITE VERY LARGE FOCAL Cinnabar RED with BLACK SWIRLS OOAK OVAL destash BEADS 30mm x 20mm pkg 6 1940s
Serendipity - Hand Spun BFL Wool..Tencel.. Merino- 4.5 oz
Serendipity - Hand Spun BFL Wool..Tencel.. Merino- 4.5 oz


  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 8 years ago

    The Breeders was one of my first concerts when I was in high school! Kelley, you rock!

  • norajane

    norajane said 8 years ago


  • SpeakForYourself

    SpeakForYourself said 8 years ago


  • wiredoriginals

    wiredoriginals said 8 years ago

    Man, if Kelley OR her sister Kim bought anything from me, I think I'd have a happy heart attack!

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    lol! my dad is from hogs run, wva and i am from canton ohio. those places sure do 'breed' awesome folks!

  • snowdropsense

    snowdropsense said 8 years ago

    I love The Breeders!! Nice to see you here, Kelley!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 8 years ago

    Neat stuff.

  • SillyDolphinsJewelry

    SillyDolphinsJewelry said 8 years ago

    OK, I'm dying to know what the graffitti rings say... Love the crossword pendant.

  • KrazyFashion

    KrazyFashion said 8 years ago


  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 8 years ago

    Love the breeders and it is almost impossible to find Ohio shirts that arent buckeyes colors.

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 8 years ago

    I love the Breeders! Rock!

  • DownToTheWireDesigns

    DownToTheWireDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love the Breeders! I just saw them last month in Seattle-- the best show of the year! I am not at all surprised that Kelley can knit after seeing her play guitar live!

  • santokivintage

    santokivintage said 8 years ago

    AHHH! Kim Deal is the best the best the best! I saw the Breeders and the Amps, too. Yay!

  • mmmfiber

    mmmfiber said 8 years ago

    Whoa! Color me impressed!

  • AdornMeNow

    AdornMeNow said 8 years ago

    Kelly, you are an Artist through and through!! Such an influence

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 8 years ago

    Love Epicurus yarns...gorgeous! Fun picks.

  • allthenumbers

    allthenumbers said 8 years ago

    I am speechless! I love the Breeders - so cool you are on Etsy!!

  • annamatrona

    annamatrona said 8 years ago

    wow, i love you even more now, kelley!

  • faeriesfolly

    faeriesfolly said 8 years ago

    Awesome picks from an amazing chick! Go, go West Virginia! ;) Learn something new every day.

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 8 years ago

    love the weird slug, alien bunny guys too cute

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 8 years ago

    Wow, I totally LOVE The Bredeers!!! So cool to see Kelley around :) She should open a shop here!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 8 years ago

    love love love The Breeders!!!! Kim your the best!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 8 years ago

    oooops I mean Kelley!!! i feel so lame now dam my excitement and caffiene intake

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I heart The Breeders from way back on day one. Nice to see you here Kelley. Super picks, I love the range of items and styles. Happy new year!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Kelley ROCKS!!

  • lsad

    lsad said 8 years ago

    My friend met her at a concert, this is so cool I love them!

  • poppyandclover

    poppyandclover said 8 years ago

    I really like that Ohio smokestack tee. The Breeders (and the Pixies) make me think of fun times...Thanks Kelley!

  • LeArmoire

    LeArmoire said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I love the Breeders! Really cool stuff you picked too. :)

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones said 8 years ago

    Yay Breeders!!

  • KnitzAndFeltz

    KnitzAndFeltz said 8 years ago

    From one fiber artist to another... You ROCK Kelley!

  • AlyTheRed

    AlyTheRed said 8 years ago

    I love your bag book!

  • deleteyourself

    deleteyourself said 8 years ago

    Love the Breeders!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 8 years ago

    Well she has fun and spunky taste!

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 8 years ago

    She has some great style sense, love her notes about each of her finds!

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike said 8 years ago

    This is sooo cool, and I love the fact Kelley knits too!

  • snappyshop

    snappyshop said 8 years ago

    I love the Breeders, The Aamps and of course the Pixies!! Kelley Deal is super cool!!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 8 years ago

    fancy! i love the ohio shirt.

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 8 years ago

    Yay! I am so excited for this features buyer! I LOVE the Breeders! Ahhh I'm so pumped!

  • KhaosCat

    KhaosCat said 8 years ago

    ahhhhooooohhhh ohhhhhh ahhhhhohhhhhh ooooo do you chocho something something......Love it!

  • flashframe

    flashframe said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I just saw Kelly & Kim play a show in Los Angeles last month and they were amazing! This is a great feature to show another side to her. Thanks!

  • SarahsPapierGarden

    SarahsPapierGarden said 8 years ago

    Glad to see you mention OHIO !

  • pinkshowercurtain

    pinkshowercurtain said 8 years ago


  • paperdollsforboys

    paperdollsforboys said 8 years ago

    I never noticed the "featured buyer" before. It's really fun to read what keywords someone uses. Now I'm off to work on my knit t-shirt that has OHIO written in a crossword puzzle, just for you! Still trying to work in the scary alien bunnies...

  • wickedchilddesigns

    wickedchilddesigns said 8 years ago

    It's cool to see a well known musician on Etsy that knits. Helps make it sound more hip to be a crafter/artist on Etsy. Her bag book looks awesome too !!

  • SpaceCaseGrace

    SpaceCaseGrace said 8 years ago

    Watching The Breeders at Lollapalooza in Chicago '94, my senior year of high school, was one of the best moments of my LIFE! Rock on Kelley, you're even cooler than I could have imagined! ~;)

  • johnclark

    johnclark said 8 years ago

    neat! I'm a fan!

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 8 years ago

    love it love it

  • pinknylon

    pinknylon said 8 years ago

    oh, that's awesome! i'm a huge fan of the breeders.

  • RocketScienceShop

    RocketScienceShop said 8 years ago

    Awesome picks! So happy that you're on etsy!

  • ThreadAndPetal

    ThreadAndPetal said 8 years ago

    Fantastic! I am a huge Pixies fan.

  • plusonedesign

    plusonedesign said 8 years ago

    Wow! I'm too excited to think of something intelligent to say!

  • KMStitchery

    KMStitchery said 8 years ago

    KellEy Deal you RULE! :)

  • crochettreasures

    crochettreasures said 8 years ago

    Kelly your stuff is so neat looking and you are so talented that you can do this kind of stuff.

  • girlindustries

    girlindustries said 8 years ago

    Great picks. Just goes to show, you never know who's on Etsy!

  • miccicohan

    miccicohan said 8 years ago

    Rock'n Knittin!!! Can't wait to hear the latest from the Breeders!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    She has great taste!

  • aliherrmann

    aliherrmann said 8 years ago

    It's hard not to love yarns and see the patterns one can knit up!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 8 years ago

    When I saw Kim's face flash over the storque article floating by my jaw dropped. Nice to learn about her handmade background-really cool. Especially the quilting-as my mom taught me to quilt.

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile said 8 years ago

    They're so cool. Needless to say I got to get me that book!

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 8 years ago

    Kelley, You have put together a fun and interesting collection! I can't wait to take a peek inside your book! Deborah

  • fivedot

    fivedot said 8 years ago

    YAY OHIO! great compilation, kelley!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    Excellent choices. You have a great eye.

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 8 years ago

    i know what kelley speaks of when she refers to the "etsy art fog." i think i'm in one right now, actually....

  • BrazanDesign

    BrazanDesign said 8 years ago

    What an awesome new years surprise! Thanks!!! By the way, you totally rock...

  • LegendaryTigerHero

    LegendaryTigerHero said 8 years ago

    Does anybody sell cannonballs? *drum roll*

  • ConstantGalore

    ConstantGalore said 8 years ago


  • WickedFascinations

    WickedFascinations said 8 years ago

    very cool!!

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 8 years ago

    Love The Breeders, love The Pixies & love the picks (especially the concert poster & the hand spun wool). Very cool indeed! I'll have to check out the book. Thanks Kelley. Shelley (also with an ey)

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 8 years ago

    Cool! :)

  • MarshaNealStudio

    MarshaNealStudio said 8 years ago

    After catching my breath, and slowing the happy excited feet down a bit (WOW - Kelley Deal!!!) - excellent collection to look at! Thanks for that eye candy and the ear candy as well - Keep rocking!!!!

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 8 years ago

    Yay! Love The Breeders and all things Deal! Great finds, Kelley.

  • 5erg

    5erg said 8 years ago


  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils said 8 years ago

    Totally rocks!

  • CrystalsAndStones

    CrystalsAndStones said 8 years ago

    So very talented! LOVE women that can rock!

  • aslibinal

    aslibinal said 8 years ago


  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 8 years ago


  • GothBarbie

    GothBarbie said 8 years ago


  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 8 years ago

    the miniquilt made in summersville england and handscreened is very cool indeed. such work!

  • ciaraobscura

    ciaraobscura said 8 years ago

    Kelley Deal on Etsy?! This is a good day, my friends... a good day.

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 8 years ago

    How exciting to see Kelley on Etsy!! And finding she's a fellow knitter? That made my day too :)

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 8 years ago

    The Breeders on Etsy!!! I saw them live in 1994 at the Pink Pop in the Netherlands and fell in love with them! And she is a crafter, too! Perfection...

  • rebeccakategeikowski

    rebeccakategeikowski said 8 years ago

    I once slept in a train station all night after a Breeders concert over 10 years ago! Etsy is cool!!!!

  • janedeaux

    janedeaux said 8 years ago

    Last Splash helped get me through my early 20's

  • gymbohannah

    gymbohannah said 8 years ago

    Crazy- you never know what you may find here on Etsy. NEVER EVER thought I would see something about Kelley from The Breeders. Especially finding out the she knits. Too cool. NEVER EVER THOUGHT knitting could be cool. You really made an impression in my life with your music, and once again her on Etsy with your knitting stories. I'm speechless. YOU freakin rock! GYMBOHANNAH on ETSY

  • filo

    filo said 8 years ago

    Yeah, when I I am teased by my cohorts that Crocheting and craft is uncool I can say "well did you know that Kelley from the Breeders crochets..."

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 8 years ago

    Cool picks! Felt beads???!!! Gotta check them out!

  • spaceoddities

    spaceoddities said 8 years ago

    Super awesome. Yay for rockers who craft and crafters who rock! I am a big fan and am super curious about the book now, too.

  • infraredstudio

    infraredstudio said 8 years ago

    Kelly...If your reading this, Pod was one of my fav. albums. Have fun on tour! and happy sales on the new book.

  • jared Admin

    jared said 8 years ago

    Many a lines of code were written while listening to the Breeders... Thank so much Kelley, it's great to see some of your Etsy picks!

  • TrilbyMade

    TrilbyMade said 8 years ago

    rockin good taste

  • gypsycaster

    gypsycaster said 8 years ago

    Love your music, and your taste!!! Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

  • mungo

    mungo said 8 years ago

    The Breeders rule, and so does your taste! Go Bucks!

  • picklesanddill

    picklesanddill said 8 years ago

    Next time you're in Seattle come to Deluxe Junk in Seattle and I'll totally give you all of my hats in stock! This Deal is good for Kim to, I guess.

  • peanoonies

    peanoonies said 8 years ago

    That's so cool.I love the Breeders!

  • DaisyJaneDesigns

    DaisyJaneDesigns said 8 years ago

    Oooh a Kelley Deal treasury! How cool is that?

  • AchAchLiebling

    AchAchLiebling said 8 years ago

    Neat-o. I'm a fan.

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 8 years ago

    I've never seen anything like that felt brooch before and love its colors.

  • CubistLiterature

    CubistLiterature said 8 years ago

    Um, I LOVE the Breeders. This means a lot to me. =)

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    Nice! The Breeders kick arse!

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wow! This is very cool!

  • TheSeed

    TheSeed said 8 years ago

    The Breeders!! Great picks, I love the felt brooches.

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