8:25 AM PST, 1/27/2010
I love Etsy. It is like going to a craft fair, but you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home. There are many crafters and artisans selling unique handmade items. I have a store on Etsy, check it out here (you need to cut and paste into your browser):
I just listed some new quilted greyhound martingale collars that were inspired by my mom, who is a fantastic quilter. She always has many scraps leftover, so I decided to create collars out of some of the combinations to create some one-of-a-kind designs. Please have a look and be sure to contact me if you have any questions!
10:57 AM PST, 1/20/2010
I get a lot of questions from people who are wondering if my fleece coats are water-repellent or water-proof. It made me wonder about fleece in general, so I looked it up. I found a helpful little blurb on www.eHow.com:
"There are a number of significant advantages to using fleece fabric. It is easy to sew and launders well. It is machine washable and dries quickly because of its construction and is therefore also water repellent. For this reason, it also wicks moisture away from the body, making it appealing for outdoor and athletic wear. The fabric itself is lightweight, soft, very comfortable and extremely warm. It is available in many colors, patterns and prints. Fleece is an excellent alternative fabric for anyone allergic to wool. And it may be considered earth friendly since some fleece fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles."
So, there is your answer. Though not waterproof, I guess all "fleece" is water repellent to a degree. I know that my standard poodle's coat keeps her nice and dry in a drizzle or light snow, and it also dries pretty quickly after we get home. I have not tested it in a downpour because frankly, I don't want to be out walking in a downpour, and neither does she. Anyway, my waterproof nylon raincoats are coming soon, so if you do like to (or need to) walk your dog in a heavy rain, check them out!
1:03 PM PST, 1/10/2010
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Back by popular demand... rain coats will be back on the menu. I sold 100% waterproof 200 denier nylon raincoats last year, and since then people have been asking about them, so I am in the process of gathering my materials again, and seeing what colors I still have.
I can of course make these coats to fit, or some customers have asked for them to be a bit bigger to fit over a fleece coat. These raincoats are lined with flannel, so will be nice and soft for short-haired dogs, and a lightweight coat for the warmer Spring temps.
Be sure to email any questions! Here is a fellow from Greece with his Dane in its rain coat from last year: