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Tiptoe Through the Twilight

Jul 7, 2009

by Michelle Traub handmade and vintage goods

I have lost friends for days at a time to the consuming addiction that is the Twilight series of novels by Stephanie Meyer.  The allure of Gothic fantasy may be hitting the mainstream trends just now, but Etsians have long thirsted for romance of the seductive undead.  Angie Bowlds, a.k.a. stitchandswash, made her big commercial debut by landing her leather tote bag design in Bella’s hands for the silver screen.  For your next rendez-vous under the full moon, check out these related items.

Do you swoon over Edward’s pale visage? Fantasize in the comments below!

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Fangs - Simple Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
Fangs - Simple Hand Hammered Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings
RESERVED FOR APRIL - Rusty - Original Oil Painting of an Old Antique Truck- 16x20 on gallery wrapped canvas
RESERVED FOR APRIL - Rusty - Original Oil Painting of an Old Antique Truck- 16x20 on gallery wrapped canvas
Held Together - New Moon polymer clay sculpture of Bella Jacob and Edward MADE TO ORDER
Held Together - New Moon polymer clay sculpture of Bella Jacob and Edward MADE TO ORDER
Bella Moonstone Sterling Silver Ring
Bella Moonstone Sterling Silver Ring
WHITE  Cable Mittens like Bella's in Twilight
WHITE Cable Mittens like Bella's in Twilight
Tiny Sheep Necklace - needle felted
Tiny Sheep Necklace - needle felted
AS SEEN IN TWILIGHT, Bella's bag in the movie Twilight
AS SEEN IN TWILIGHT, Bella's bag in the movie Twilight
Black Vintage Formal Dress
Black Vintage Formal Dress


  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    AWESOME -- I love it !! I would also get lost in many fanatasy novels -- it's priceless -- trigger happy days ;)

  • bddesigns

    bddesigns said 8 years ago

    Yay, Twilight! :)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    congrats stitchandswash!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    Wow. Interesting items and way to go stitchandswash! :)

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Love it!! I have never seen one story so completely captivate both young women and older women alike. It seems everyone is dreaming of Edward these I thoroughly enjoyed reading the series.

  • ProjectOriginal

    ProjectOriginal said 8 years ago

    Beautiful "Blue Moon" piece - reminds me of Hokusai.

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 8 years ago

    love that bag!

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 8 years ago

    Oh yes, I love that bag too! Love the series :)

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 8 years ago

    RIP Buffy and Angel!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 8 years ago

    I love Fangs and Twilight. Being a librarian, I am thrilled to see teens get so excited about a book series. The site of kids reading thrills my heart.

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    wowowow! that black and burgundy is amazing!!!!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 8 years ago

    read the ongoing buffy comic-saga by joss whedon, too!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 8 years ago

    I've made many pieces of jewelry inspired by the books. They were so captivating. I've read them and listened to them repeatedly.

  • sumomosuki

    sumomosuki said 8 years ago

    That bag is killer!!! So glad to see other Etsyians as crazy for the Twilight series as me >^____^< I <3 Stephenie Meyer

  • hautecountryvintage

    hautecountryvintage said 8 years ago

    mmmmmm, Edward ;)

  • MoonlightAura

    MoonlightAura said 8 years ago

    love it!!!

  • infinitales

    infinitales said 8 years ago

    I'm a total absolute twilighter!!! I loved the books since the very beginning...And it was me, my sister and my mom in a constant struggle to decide who would have read the new book first! XD And now the moviessss!!! Can't wait to see New Moon! (I guess I love these movies just as much as my boyfriend hates them..Lol!!)

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 8 years ago

    i'm awaiting my "bella" bag from angie... she's one of the sweetest sellers ever and i can't think of anyone nicer to represent the handmade movement!!!

  • theVINTAGEdress

    theVINTAGEdress said 8 years ago

    YAY!!!! when i saw the title of this post, i crossed my fingers & HOPED i was featured & i am! thank you SO much admin!......great post too! :o)

  • MarcellasExcess

    MarcellasExcess said 8 years ago

    Stitch - that is soooo cool! Congratulations~

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    Love the bag, but I don't get the whole Twilight obsession...sorry.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Cool picks!! Howling coyote, dark tree shadows, full the Gothic fantasy. Congrats Angie Bowlds!! My Alice as Bella necklace:

  • cbeatty23

    cbeatty23 said 8 years ago

    Twlight - the perfect train wreck. I personally would've chose Jacob. Buffy & Angel 4 life!

  • hellome

    hellome said 8 years ago

    That is so cool, another amazing (and fascinating) Etsy success story. Dare I say handmade is getting (eek) mainstream?

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    Heck YES for Twilight!!!

  • Danikamon

    Danikamon said 8 years ago

    Absolutely love the Almost Night earrings!

  • peonylovespink

    peonylovespink said 8 years ago

    I love the bag but I can't say I'm a fan of the movie..I expected more..

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    yay for sticthandswash!! congrats!!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    "RIP Buffy and Angel!" .................................. i'm right there with ya foamywader!


    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 8 years ago

    Love the bag!

  • anushamishra

    anushamishra said 8 years ago


  • stitchandswash

    stitchandswash said 8 years ago

    thanks for the love! I heart etsy.

  • missindie

    missindie said 8 years ago

    <-- Mrs. Jasper Hale :]

  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees said 8 years ago

    The stitch & swash bags are oh so lovely, as is the little lady that makes them ;) Go Angie, go!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    I love the bag and I love the books, the movie is growing on me.

  • Skwrrl

    Skwrrl said 8 years ago

    I love that Gothic, dark look. Always have. Always will. I just can't get into Twilight. I'm going to get raked over the coals for this, but I just don't think it's very well written. I do however LOVE vampires, werewolves, and everything (else) having to do with them. I'm just sad because right now you can't like them without someone saying "Oh yeah! Like Twilight!" In any case, I'm glad to see people seeing the lighter side of the Macabre. I guess I can thank Stephanie Meyer for that. A sincere congratulations to stitchandwash though! That's a wonderful career leep no matter HOW you look at it.

  • PoshMommaStore

    PoshMommaStore said 8 years ago


  • OverTheTop

    OverTheTop said 8 years ago

    I like that bag and its peacock feather - congratulations! Though I love Gothic, I haven't been able to get into the books, but I have made and sold Twilight pieces in my shop too. Maybe the next movie will bring me closer to the saga.

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 8 years ago

    Love the bag ! The Beautiful Full Moon picture too!

  • RocKandy777

    RocKandy777 said 8 years ago

    Go Twilight!!!! Love Bella's bag...didn't know someone from etsy made it-thats pretty sweet!!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    The sheep necklace is adorable! Great selections!

  • RabbitHoleArt

    RabbitHoleArt said 8 years ago

    The Tiny Sheep necklace! I love it too!

  • RabbitHoleArt

    RabbitHoleArt said 8 years ago

    And the howling coyote!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 8 years ago

    Very cool story about Bella's bag! Edward keeps me up at night....... (-:

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 8 years ago

    My daughter(who is 8) and I have fallin in love with these movies and books. We find them way more entertaining than Hannah Montanah and they are a great filler for when we are waiting for Harry Potter. Great picks! Off to check out those Stud earrings! They are amazing, as is the sheep!

  • lechatrose

    lechatrose said 8 years ago

    I do love the Twilight saga, though I did get a bit depressed as no man could ever be like Edward!

  • bugbitesplayfood

    bugbitesplayfood said 8 years ago

    CONGRATS stitchnswash! How incredible for you - I love that bag. Have to admit I love the Twilight saga as well. Has anyone else noticed all the crochet, knit & handmade items in the movie? Hats, blankets, sweaters, rings, bags etc.. I love the handmade statement that Twilight is making!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 8 years ago

    tiny sheep necklace is soooooo cute:)

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby said 8 years ago

    ooohhh, how I love the twilight series! Lovely picks here!

  • TrickyBugPaperArt

    TrickyBugPaperArt said 8 years ago

    SO excited to see Twilight featured! Beautiful items and I absolutely adore Bella's bag. I made my first creative foray into Twilight with a OOAK ACEO...still in my shop.

  • annasbowtique

    annasbowtique said 8 years ago

    Thanks for featuring these great twilight items!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 8 years ago

    this is the good stuff!

  • uncommonvintage

    uncommonvintage said 8 years ago

    Congrats to all those featured. I especially love the sheep necklace even though I can't really make this item connect to the Twilight series. I've only read the first 2 books though so I may not have the big picture. Regardless, there's some great things here to add to my favorites!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    I love Twilight and now am addicted to True Blood!

  • Twilightness

    Twilightness said 8 years ago

    Very nice.

  • hippopotamusgifts

    hippopotamusgifts said 8 years ago

    Congrats to Angie of StitchandSwash! She deserves all the praise she gets...such a sweet and talented handbag designer/graphic designer. I have one of those gorgeous bags and LOVE it with my whole heart. What a great collection of Twilight-inspired handmade items! Kudos to you all.

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    i like the sheep necklace!

  • TheMidnightOrange

    TheMidnightOrange said 8 years ago

    What an honor to see my New Moon sculpts among this awesome series! And WOW!!! How cool that an Etsy seller got to have her handmade item as part of Bella's fabby garb. That is bananas!

  • GothicGlitter

    GothicGlitter said 8 years ago

    Wonderful choices. I think they capture the essence of the series beautifully. :)

  • johnch

    johnch said 8 years ago


  • JewelrybyMignon

    JewelrybyMignon said 8 years ago

    I have to admit I'm in love with the original oil painting by peacock garden. :) Throw in my earrings named Bella's Tears and I'd be extra happy, but I'm happy enough just to see the article. :)

  • evihan

    evihan said 8 years ago

    wowww..great collection...

  • Shroompiloop

    Shroompiloop said 8 years ago

    AWESOME brief introduction into the twilight ;) Great featured items -- love it !!!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 8 years ago

    great collection...

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 8 years ago

    Cool article... and I love the story about the bag! What a great break... congratulations.

  • spamberly

    spamberly said 8 years ago

    woah spam city in these comments!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago


  • PawPawsWorkshop

    PawPawsWorkshop said 8 years ago

    Great article

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Stitchandswash! That is awesome!

  • caninedesign

    caninedesign said 8 years ago

    great finds, I love those stud earrings.

  • persuede

    persuede said 8 years ago

    That's amazing about the Twillight bag...congrats to Stitchandswash! What a great selection...though I must admit to being partial to the fang earrings. heh heh. also really love the illustration by batfineart

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago


  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I've loved Vampires since I was a child, always have and always will!!! And yeah, I Love Twilight as well, but really I can appreciate most things that have to do with this genre.. How Awesome that bag was in twilight??? Amazing!! and Congrats!! Can we get more posts like this one? I'm loving the Gothic posts that have been popping up! Maybe it's time for another section to the showcase?? I think Genre's might be really good for some new showcase sections, just a thought..

  • PoorRobin

    PoorRobin said 8 years ago

    That sheep is UBER cute! However, did I miss something in the books?

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    Fun article, great picks...and love the Etsy bag-Twilight connection!

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 8 years ago

    PoorRobin - "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb", right? Classic!

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 8 years ago

    I confess to having the movie on my itouch. I'm watching it again to see stitchandswash's bag. Congratulations stitchandswash!

  • SweetwaterGifts

    SweetwaterGifts said 8 years ago

    Awesome article on StitchandSwash? I'd say, "What great luck", but the bag is pretty spectacular! Wouldn't mind one myself! Hopefully more people in the industry will realize that really great and unique items are produced by Etsians!

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 8 years ago

    hahah those fangs are neat!

  • TwilightVisions

    TwilightVisions said 8 years ago

    Congrats SwitchandSwatch thats so awesome. I didn't realize the connection either. I'm in love with Bella's long mittens in the movie and I have seen some on etsy.

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 8 years ago

    Great color combinations...we're all a bit dark sometimes...

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 8 years ago

    I prefer True Blood and Buffy to Twilight, but the success of the movie and books has brought gothic fashion more into the mainstream - so hooray! Cute sheep necklace, and shadowglacier's moon print is striking and very reasonable for an original.

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 8 years ago

    yep. i'm one of the Twilight obsessed too..........

  • lizjewelry

    lizjewelry said 8 years ago

    I must be the only one who hasn't read the twilight series... I guess I'll have to give it a try... anyhow love the bag and also the tiny sheep necklace... it's weird yet somehow compelling...

  • Radness

    Radness said 8 years ago

    ooooh mysterious :) great picks!

  • XPoppysWickedGardenX

    XPoppysWickedGardenX said 8 years ago

    awesome stuff! I have some gorgeous Twilight stuff too!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    I love the tiny sheep necklace. OMG, that's cute!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    LOVE the tiny sheep necklace!!

  • rejive

    rejive said 8 years ago

    HEEHEEE! That sheep necklace is the cutest, funniest thing ever!!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 8 years ago

    It's great to hear about an artist's success!

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 8 years ago

    I just finished the first two books and I am totally addicted! Great to know an Etsy seller was featured in the movie

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago


  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago


  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 8 years ago

    Hmm... actually not a fan myself (sorry guys!) probably cos when I watched it I was so close to the cinema screen I started to feel sick! But some of my closest friends are obsessed with it, and I'm so glad that an Etsy seller has gotten so much exposure from it! I posted a link to that item on one of my friends Facebook profile, cos I'm sure she'll be interested. Even if has nothing to do with Edward ;D

  • DutchTouchBeads

    DutchTouchBeads said 8 years ago

    Luv that an etsy seller was selected ~ Luv family can attest to losing me for a few days.

  • MoonpathDesigns

    MoonpathDesigns said 8 years ago

    LOVE the tree earrings! We have a shirt design inspired by the book:

  • 2harrisons

    2harrisons said 8 years ago

    I loved the Twilight series too.(Since I finished the books, I feel like I am missing a long lost friend--I may have to start over and reread them all) BIG CONGRATS to StitchandSwash for having your bag in the movie. That is too awsome!! That should make all us Etsians proud.....and inspire us to keep working.

  • EMGsJewelryShop

    EMGsJewelryShop said 8 years ago

    My daughter converted me June 2008, my etsy shop is dedicated to Stephenie Meyer with the introduction of my "New Moon" bracelet, and I am thoroughly in a state of withdraw having no new book to read since "Breaking Dawn."

  • Madamedgar

    Madamedgar said 8 years ago

    ha! Anything that combines an apple with a pair on holding hand...

  • mariaburgos

    mariaburgos said 8 years ago

    Thanks for including my Bella Moonstone ring !! I am very happy for StitchandSwash, Congrats!! I am inspired by her story. Twilight fever is all over the world, I have received orders from Canada, France, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, Philipines, Norway, New Zeland and United Kingdom. Thanks again, Etsy Adm.!!

  • CandaceDesigns

    CandaceDesigns said 8 years ago

    I'm in my 50's and have a goofy big crush on EDWARD. I bought the movie poster of Him only and put it in the office. I feel like a silly school girl.

  • twimom

    twimom said 8 years ago

    I'm a huge fan... obviously ;) So glad Twilight is as popular as it is, and so many fabulous talented people @Etsy are fans as well :) Welcome to my shop where you can find all kinds of original Twilight-Inspired (yet copyright-respectful) goodies.

  • noela

    noela said 8 years ago

    LOVE Twilight and True Blood. :) Very much looking forward to New Moon this Fall. And I've had my eye on that Bella bag for sometime now. ;) I've also made some Bella-inspired jewelry. :D

  • justanillusion

    justanillusion said 8 years ago

    I just started a whole line of Twilight-inspired jewelry, and I'm going to be working on some True Blood stuff next. It's nice to see some great etsians being featured here. I love those fang earrings. I've seen a bunch of different and really cool interpretations on the vampire theme. I've been obsessed with vampire lore since before this whole bout of vampire-love started, but it's nice to see all the really cool ideas that people come up with. :D

  • eternallyoung

    eternallyoung said 8 years ago

    I am proud to say I started my Etsy shop because of these books. It's such a romantic old-fashioned love story with a huge twist :) & since I am a hopeless romantic I instantly fell in love with it. My friend bought the Bella Bag from Stitch and Swash. She loves it. Maybe I'll get to own one in the future :) I just started the Sookie Stackhouse novels (the books TruBlood's based on) & am having a hard time putting the first book down. Another interesting vampire love story ;) but R rated for sure!

  • fabricartist21

    fabricartist21 said 8 years ago

    Saw the movie but did not read the book, great story.

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 8 years ago

    Love that bag!

  • MixologyMakeup

    MixologyMakeup said 8 years ago

    Hey! Thats my makeup on the model in the black dress! You look beautiful darling! :)

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