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Etsy-Querque

Some of our favorite ABQ vendors on cottage-industry supersite Etsy.com

By Laura Marrich

ButtonsAndSocks

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These animal-like dolls have loads of personality. They're fashioned out of soft knitted fabrics and too-cute buttons. Non-allergenic fiberfill means your baby can snuggle one to her heart's content.

Creative Wire

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This wire-wrapped jewelry looks handcrafted and polished at the same time. The bow-link chain necklaces are simple elegance, while charm-laden bracelets tell the Christmas story Southwest-style.

ExpressArt

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Wall sculptures and mirrors have a found/folk art collage quality that's right in tune with Albuquerque's eclectic Western vibe. These one-of-a-kind pieces are a little pricey, but more affordable mixed-media art cards run about 20 bucks apiece.

Indiscretion Street Couture

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Street meets sweet in these shape-conscious, graphics-heavy clothing for young women. There are even wallets for the bro in your life.

Jolie Femme Fashions

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Purses, tote bags, card holders, wristlet clutches, eyeglass casesif you can carry stuff in it, Jolie Femme makes it out of eye-catching, girly fabrics.

KnottyKnitterShop

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For those who need a little texture therapy, the KnottyKnitter makes organic cotton baby pullover sweaters, matching scarf and hat sets, even teapot cozies in earthy, calming tones.

MarylinJK

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Woven by hand on a floor loom, this crafter specializes in "rag weaving" rugs, blankets and place mats out of recycled fabrics. A bedspread and a T-shirt might find their way into your kitchen hot pad.

Modern Olive

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"Searching for infant dresses in bold, brilliant, beautiful colors was like trying to milk a tumbleweed," says Etsy store owner Heidi. A love of textiles informs her line of clothes for little cutie-pies. Some itemssuch as the adorable and reversible "Miss Muffet" hatare made from vintage sewing patterns.

Paper Menagerie

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"Gocco printing" is a screenprinting technique that was developed in Japan in the late 1970s. The press looks like a toy and involved flashbulbs. We're smitten. Paper Menagerie works Gocco magic on found stationary, creating greeting and conversation cards with handmade flare.

PianoBenchDesigns

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Make a statement with sterling silver wire jewelrythese message necklaces are cheeky but refined. There are also rings, earrings and pendants, all priced around 30 bucks.

Pibbles

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Lighthearted mini-sculpture and jewelry that trade in animal motifs and steam-punk aesthetic. Most are handcrafted from porcelain or polymer clay and finished with thoughtful trinkets such as wooden beads and vintage watch movements.

Pleasure Queen

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Peignoirs, knickers and gowns, oh my! Vintage lingerie and "boudoir items" pour on the old Hollywood glamour.

Pretty Visage

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Magnetic fabric flower brooches have an architectural look in a modern color palate. They're strong and feminine at the same timesound like anyone you know?

R.Potter Studio

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R.Potter's "BloKs" are sorta like postmodern lotería cards. Each is hand-painted on a custom 3.5-by-5-inch wooden block and comes in a handmade envelope. A mind-bogglingly extensive line of subjects encourages collectors to build their own "story."

Sorlenna's Studio

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Whimsical crafted goods come in the form of a cat ears and tail costume set, crocheted bees, hand puppets, and prairie dolls. Hats and super-soft knitted wrist warmers are more practical but not less fun.

Sunflower Glassworks

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Sushi tastes better when it's served on a Zenlike fused glass tray. Or serve snacks at a friend's next art opening from a Mondrian-inspired platter. Sunflower's "woven glass" line of plates fuses subtlety with meticulous craftsmanship.

The Wooly Plover

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Knitted animals (the little lambs and hedgehogs are adorable), felted ornamental balls, and children's hats and sweaters come in comforting, rich colors.

ybonesy by Roma Arellano

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Paintings and linocuts by artists Roma Arellano (aka ybonesy) are transformed into colorful tile-pendant and T-shirt art with más Albuquerque sabor.

 
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