I established Cecelia Stitch in 2016 as a creative side project/outlet to my daily 9-5 hustle while working within the bustling industry of Architecture & Design in Seattle,WA. The motivation to make it a full time business came when I was recruited to a larger corporate firm that felt undeniably soul sucking to go to everyday. I resigned from my position and decided to use the the opportunity to take a chance, and I haven't looked back since.
I source high quality materials from companies like Hermann Oak, Martexin, Cotton & Steel, Osborn, YKK and Local shops like Macphersons Leather, Seattle Fabrics and Pendleton Woolenmills, for a high quality end product and design.
I use waxed canvas that is technically superior to other waxed cotton fabrics in performance, longevity, and dryness of hand. Martexin Original Wax is an environmentally friendly blend of food and pharmaceutical grade waxes, and is completely non-hazardous. This unique formula gives the fabric lifelong resistance to inclement weather and as the fabric ages, it develops a well-worn and comfortable patina. The patina develops with more and more use, in the same manner that leather ages and burnishes with time.
HERMANN OAK LEATHER
Since 1861, Hermann Oak has been tanning top-grain leather. This St. Louis-based company prides itself on its slow and careful tanning process. A process that produces the finest top-grain leather in the world.
Vegetable tanning is a process that uses "tannin" to change hide into leather. Tannin is derived from natural products found in plants. Vegetable tanned leather is one of the more expensive leathers.
A little about how handmade pricing works:Each item is priced according to materials cost as well as time spent cutting, sewing, hammering, ironing, adding hardware, stamping, beveling, burnishing, as well as a small profit margin. For example a Tote could cost Cecelia Stitch an average of $90.00 including an ethical wage for time, and high quality American made materials. *Each bag takes an average of 3 hours to make start to finish* As a handmade buyer you can rest assured that you are supporting the local economy and a ethically made product with no mystery or guilt.Each design is tested with a prototype, or two, and screened for design flaws, this is why CUSTOM DESIGN REQUESTS are limited and require more time, which means it will cost more.
Growing up my mother constantly demonstrated a love of art and creativity, she always tenderly supported my desire to discover and learn many crafts, and I will forever be impressed and impacted by her ability to illustrate, paint signs, portraits, and lead a room of children in an art lesson with a special kind of magic.
My creative goal is to make things that bring comfort and utility to the lives of their owner. All hand made in Seattle, WA USA