Beaded Spirit

Handmade

 all leather one of a kind purses, pouches, & accessiories


In 2011 a great big industrial sewing machine arrived in my studio. Yes, I bit the bullet. I bought a fantastic compound feed 3/4 hp servo motor leather sewing machine. It has inspired me to take several steps forward in the joy and creation of doing my artwork.

I use a variety of fantastic leathers, mostly cowhide, occasionally lambskin. Each piece is made out of a combination of unusual, embossed, limited edition leathers. Most purse designs combine five to seven different leathers for texture and color interest. I make adjustable leather shoulder straps to compliment each bag. My closures are hand set magnetic snaps. I design, hand cut, sew, and decorate each piece - no one else works on them. I take pride in my careful craftsmanship before I sign my name on each piece.

I have designed several styles and sizes of purses, pouches and small accessories - with ever more on the way. I have been inspired anew! And, ooh the beautiful leathers!


 Dec. 6-15, 2012 NFR Cowboy Christmas, Las Vegas, NV above

 2012 ends -

as does 2013!

see what's next...


 Jan. 18-20, 2013 Colorado Indian Market, Denver, CO above & below left

More of the Colorado Indian Market pieces. Pouches for your phone - even most smart phones. Each has a belt loop back and  a leather cord strap that is both adjustable and detachable. It can be used  as a shoulder, waist, or neck strap. Makes them very versatile!

The larger "Bell Bottom" bags have two pockets. A full size front one and a smart phone sized pocket on the back. These bags include the same type of adjustable leather cord strap as the phone pouches.

So now we come to 2014... 

Welcome 2014! Mid-2013 I began adding old Native American sterling silver and turquoise conchos to my bags. I re-work older belt conchos to attach them to my purses covering the front magnetic snap. They looked so great I was also able to source smaller contemporary Native made pieces to use on my phone/belt bags. I've spent a small fortune acquiring some really great conchos. I am using both vintage and new. Most are sterling, although a few are German silver, brass, or an unknown metal. Many have turquoise, others have jet, coral, malachite, or other stones adorning them. I still use standard studs on about half the pieces. I'm very excited to be adorning my bags with these beautiful Native American made conchos!


Photos above were taken Jan. 2014 at the Colorado Indian Market, Denver, CO. 

Click on the thumbnails for a better look at the purses and pouches (some will even hold that big smart phone of yours), the unusual embossed leathers, the Native made conchos, and of course my unique hand painted (dyed) and beaded Hailstorm Horses!


 

Be sure to check out the calendar page so you know where to find me and hopefully the perfect one of a kind Hailstorm Horse art piece for you!

 

Please note the following photographs are not current - they are

mostly from 2011.  I will try to get this updated... maybe....


In 2012 I began hanging a bundle of new glass trade beads just

below the flap edge of my bags. The beads not only add unique

beauty to piece, they serve as a gift to the animals. Please take

a look at the photos above. Imagine them on the bags below :) 


I am making bags in several styles, sizes, and an infinite variety of unique leather combinations. As always I decorate each Hailstorm Horse bag with it's own unique hand painted (using dye-based pigments) design and hand sewn beads. These are each one of a kind pieces of usable art!

I also offer them in an non-Hailstorm Horse version. For those occasions when you want a bag made of beautiful leathers, but, to leave the Horses at home.

Each bag features one large compartment plus a smaller pocket (large enough for your I-phone, etc) on the back. Flaps cover both the main compartment and back pocket. They fasten closed with magnetic snaps to hold everything securely inside.

A  leather strap with two adjusters completes the bag. I've used both a beautiful silver tone buckle for style and small adjustments and a slider for major adjustment. The strap can go from a one shoulder bag to an across the body style with ease. 


My "JUKI" bag is available in several sizes and three basic shapes; squared, vertical rectangular, and horizontal rectangular. Most JUKI bags include a convenient rear phone pocket in stylish accent leather.

The JUKI includes a leather shoulder strap. It is both removable and adjustable. Made long enough to wear the bag across the body, or easily shortened for one shoulder wear by using the slide adjuster and/or the classic tongue buckle for the perfect fit.



Silver "Python" vertical JUKI bag.



The strap attachment is a screw-in nickel plated steel "stirrup" loop fastened through hand set grommets. Stylish, sturdy, and removable for easy change-up.!

Prefer to leave your Hailstorm Horses at home once in awhile? I also make non-horse bags in any of my unique styles out of combinations of beautiful leathers


  


The SATCHEL is a vertical bag with exotic embossed cowhide leathers. It features a band of contrasting leather around its entire body to give the SATCHEL plenty of roomy accessibility to the contents you have safely inside.


The MOD2 is a somewhat rounded bottom, horizontal version of the JUKI bag.

Take a close look at the leather I used for this MOD2 bag. Like many of the leathers I am using I have only a limited supply of this fanciful Cowboy embossed leather on hand.

Stay tuned - there is MUCH more to come!