Archive for October, 2013



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The shop has reopened! So glad to be back.

I’ve been working on some new items, which should start to appear later in the week. I’ll post here as they become available.

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! xo

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It’s time! The shop will re-open on Wednesday, October 30. Thanks so much for your patience, and for all of your inquiries and requests. xo

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I’m excited to share about the upcoming opening of a great new shop in Eugene, Oregon!  PH is a collaboration between Plume Red and Heritage Dry Goods, featuring quality work from artisans and craftspeople. You will be able to shop a selection of my work at Heritage Dry Goods, as well as the work of many other talented artists.

Come by this Friday to celebrate the grand opening, with Stumptown coffee, local treats, and a chance to meet some of the makers that contribute work to the shop. I’d love to meet you!

PH Grand Opening

Friday, October 25th from 4-7 pm

861 Willamette St

Eugene, OR



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a little catching up

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetSome of you may have noticed the shop has been closed for a while. I am planning on reopening soon, and though I don’t have a date set yet, I have been aiming for around the middle of the month (which is just about here now I guess, right?).

For the second half of September we took some real time off and headed out on a camping road trip. It was a great break from our routines, and a needed rest from the constant work we both are doing. We had a fun, beautiful, adventurous journey through parts of Oregon and I hope to share a little bit of it here at some point. Since our return I have been hard at work on a few projects, and have also been making my best effort to build inventory for the upcoming holiday rush. A production style work flow tends to work really well for me, and I have had a nice groove going on in the studio. It has felt great to return fresh, and I feel like some needed changes are really coming together.

Here are a few snaps of some of what’s been happening in the studio. I should mention that part way through our trip our camera lens went on the fritz and had to be sent in. So until it returns this week, photos are from my iPad/iPod.

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october_sewing_0I hope you all are enjoying the change of season. When we left for our trip I was clinging so tightly to summer, not ready for it to go. This year in Oregon though, fall seemed to arrive almost overnight, on the day of the equinox. Since our return, I have really embraced this new season. With autumn comes a certain kind of rest and a new vitality. An interesting, enlivening combination.

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mushrooming_3_editThis week I had the strongest urge to head into the woods and find some mushrooms. It’s full blown mushroom season in the pacific northwest, and the woods are alive with new life as the rain returns and quenches the thirst of late summer.



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Processed with VSCOcamI was especially keen on finding some chanterelles. They didn’t appear right away, but to my surprise, the first thing I found was a king bolete. King of the forest! Porcini!  Delicious, beautiful bolete! I thought it was pretty lucky, but then happened to find a few throughout our wander.


hedgehog_1_editThe mushroom above caught my attention, as it looked similar to a chanterelle from a distance, but on closer inspection we found it was actually a hedgehog mushroom. The giveaway is the spiny or toothy looking underside – like the body of a hedgehog.



big_brown_1_editA deer mushroom? Not sure about this one. If I would have tried harder to identify it, I would have paid closer attention to how the stalk snapped and what was going on in those gills.

mushrooming_1_editSO many kinds of mushrooms in the woods right now. So many I could hardly begin to share them all with you!

conch_0_editI think this might be a Red Belted Conk (the orange-hued one). If so, it has some pretty powerful medicinal properties.

coral_0_editA type of coral or club mushroom. Many of this group are edibile, but can be hard to ID (we didn’t pick any). There is a salmon-colored coral mushroom that looks a lot like this one pictured, that will dye wool a purple color!

hydnellum_peckii_0_editThis crazy looking bleeding mushroom was new to us both, and totally freaked us out. We thought for sure it was deadly poison (or some weird, confectionary delicacy?). This is Hydnellum Peckii, and while it’s not edible, due to it’s bitterness, it’s actually not known to be poisonous. It works symbiotically with conifers, as do many mushrooms, and plays it’s important part in the ecosystem.

toad_1_editA patient, quiet toad who let me get incredibly close for a photo.

mushrooming_2_editDeer ferns galore.

chanterelle_4_editThe chanterelle! Steven spotted this particular patch on a little hill.

chanterelle_3_editWhen harvesting chanterelles, cutting above the stem base will allow more chanterelles to fruit in the same spot later. The beginnings of more chanterelles are contained in the stringy mycelium that connects to the mushroom base. It’s important to understand how to properly harvest mushrooms so we do not cause unnecessary harm to the delicate ecosystems we are disturbing.

Processed with VSCOcamThe chanterelle is, for sure, my favorite mushroom. Their unique, earthy, spiciness and full texture is hard to beat. That color is so beautiful, and their smell is unmistakable.

mushrooming_4_editWhile we ate dinner last night, enjoying the experience of the mushrooms we found, I said how, in many ways, it feels much more exciting to eat food that I have found in the wild than the food I have grown in our garden. It makes me feel alive and a part of things in a way that is deep and enduring. Like an animal. A part of the universe. I feel encouraged to learn to identify more of the edible plants around me. We live in such a lush and amazing place here.

Note: My main resource for mushroom identification is All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms, by David Arora. It fits in my back pocket and is packed with PNW mushroom knowledge. As with any kind of wildcrafting of edibles, be sure you can 100% identify that the plant you pick to eat is what you think it is. And be sure to always treat the land, and the plants and animals that you encounter, with the utmost respect and care.

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