Meet the Maker: Connie of Canine Cardigans
Connie creates fine hand-crafted, well fitting dog sweaters from up-cycled cashmere, wool & other natural fabrics that fit dogs of all sizes. Canine Cardigans re-purposes unwanted vintage and second hand “people” sweaters into unique and fun dog sweaters. No dog should be left out in the cold!
Let's start at the beginning. When did you discover you wanted to craft clothing for dogs?
About 2 years ago - I just couldn't find good quality sweaters that fit my long bodied dogs - so I went to the thrift stores and picked up a few sweaters and started experimenting. I really liked the natural fiber sweaters such as wool, alpaca and cashmere and began to focus on making dog sweaters with those.
Your work makes sense for the cooler temps Colorado is familiar with. What inspires your designs?
The dogs do! Dogs are all different shapes and sizes, I find high quality, unique, interesting, cast off second hand sweaters and combine them to make fun, warm and well fitting sweaters for dogs of all sizes.
Do you have pets of your own? Have you ever worked with local animal shelters?
Yes I do! I have 3 mini dachshunds, Cowboy, Greta and Minnow. I have worked with shelters in the past in volunteer positive reinforcement training applications, as I am also a hobby dog trainer, and trained professionally in the past.
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
I love my vintage Bernina sewing machines! All my tables and desks are thrift shop finds. My dogs sleep at my feet and I love having a big window to enjoy the weather and views as well.
What characteristic do you admire most in other makers?
Their wonderful, creative ideas and their fun, quirky personalities. It is just so amazing to walk through a show like Firefly Handmade and see what everyone has created. I love hearing their stories, too.
Meet Connie and see her beautiful creations at our Firefly Handmade Fall Market, this weekend, Sept. 14, 15, + 16, on the world famous Pearl Street Mall! Sadly, her mini dachshunds won't be able to attend.
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