New Neutrals

Shibang Designs Textile ArtAs I find myself drawn to neutral home decor I have begun introducing cushions in that style. Here are a few that will be coming up on my new website at the end of the month. These have metallic branches in bronze, gold and nickel for some subtle shimmer too.

Shibang Designs Pillow

Shibang Designs Pillow Detail Brass Zipper
Shibang Designs Winter WhiteOf course colour also has a place in neutral decor and I’ll still be using colour in my new pieces.

Shibang Designs Dyed Wool

More process and photos that don’t make it to the blog can be found on my Instagram account @shibangdesigns.

The New iPad Sleeve is Here!

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on my prototype for the iPad sleeve and the final product is now here. There were lots of things to consider in making the design and I experimented with several different closure options. This sleeve works really well with the iPad on it’s own or with a smartcover. I can make it larger to accommodate larger book covers as well.

I’ve begun posting this in my online store and etsy shop.

A new website for Shibang is underway right now with the help of a webmaster to make the site iPad friendly.


velcro closure

Elastic Closure

New Oversize Tote

The first “Shibang” bag was a large denim tote that I made and embellished with my first hand dyed wool and loopy first hand spun yarn. It was purple with an orange centre and in an abstract way looked a bit like a flower. I was a Textile Arts student at Capilano University in my first year and I wanted a bag that could carry all of the wool, fabric and books I was bringing to class each day.

What I liked about this bag was how it added some interest to any outfit and was different from anything I’d ever seen before. I began making large tote bags in 2005 and continued for a couple of years until I focused on creating smaller items.

This season I am bringing back the oversize tote in new version — made on heavy wool with structure, leather handles, rivets & metal feet. This is the perfect canvas to showcase a large colourful abstract flower and it looks good with a blazer and jeans, a casual outfit or for travelling.

The style is inspired by classic shapes with an influence from vintage luggage.


One perk of being back in the Vancouver area is that I am close to all of the family furniture and special belongings that date back many decades. The suitcase and trunk pictured above have been in the family for a long time.

The trunk was used by my great aunt Flora when she travelled to Scotland to visit family and brought it full of food. The brown suitcase belonged to my great uncle in Australia and he gave it to my parents to use when they were returning to Canada after their honeymoon in Australia and didn’t have enough space to carry everything back.

Light & Bright


Last week I was mentioning some of the new shades of cream, grey and silver that would be coming. I prefer to use neutral coloured fabrics because they make the colours stand out the best. The look can completely change just by updating the shade of grey or beige. Here are some photos of this new look – bold black with bright colours. This cream is light and a good alternative to white for people who like the summer look but are cautious of having white.


More photos of the finished products are available on my new website, online shop and etsy. In the next couple of weeks more new fabrics and colour combinations will be coming out, in time for the Halifax Crafter’s Spring Fling happening April 30th & May 1st.

NSCAD Open Studio


In 2009 I graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Earlier this month I went back for a week session of open studio where I did work that I could not otherwise have done in my home studio. The main goal was to dye lots of fleece–my favourite thing!

I ordered in a huge box filled with 25 pounds of natural wool from Prince Edward Island and by the end of the week it was transformed into vibrant new colours. Here’s a look at the process and end result, before it becomes incorporated into my new products.

In addition I designed new screens and labels which I will be introducing early September. More photos, colour names and new styles for Fall will be coming soon.