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Spring Pouches by Peg and Awl

Small Batch Spring Essentials Pouch!

Our new Spring Essentials Pouches combine antique textiles inside and waxed canvas outside or vice versa. Each is paired with a springy vintage zipper. Another Choose Your Own Adventure!

Last summer we found a little stack of antique German textiles that was irresistible – there were blues and reds, a variety of plaid pillow shams and bedspreads. They were used to pack antique furniture en route from Germany to America, and after transport, were sitting neatly folded and severely neglected – until I spied them.

If you love pouches then you are in for a treat! We cut up the textiles and incorporated them into our Essentials Pouch. Use one for pens, pencils and art supplies and another for balms and tinctures. Pouches help to organize our bags and lives into satisfying little pockets – it is hard to be without them and you can never have too many.

Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 1 by Peg and Awl Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 2 by Peg and Awl
Scarlet No. 1
Scarlet No. 2
Spring Essentials Pouch: Blue No. 1 by Peg and Awl Spring Essentials Pouch: Blue No. 2 by Peg and Awl
Blue No. 1
Blue No. 2
Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 3 by Peg and Awl Spring Essentials Pouch: Scarlet No. 4 by Peg and Awl
Scarlet No. 3
Scarlet No. 4

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Pouches by Peg and Awl
The Anna Atkins Collection by Peg and Awl

Our new collection, inspired by the work of Anna Atkins (1799-1871).
A collaboration with the New York Public Library.

Worlds open up. Always. A constant flurry of curious human beings, their voices quite muffled from the years gone by, drift my way. I hadn’t heard the name Anna Atkins until the New York Public Library asked us to collaborate on a collection of treasures inspired by her work. I’ve been wrapped up in her ever since.

Anna Atkins was the first person to use photography to illustrate a book. Note – NOT the first woman, but the first human! She was an incredible illustrator and had illustrated some books for her father, but the discovery of Cyanotypes sent her into a new obsession. She began making photographic images of her extensive seaweed collection in 1843. She created thousands of cyanotypes and sent them to libraries and other institutions in the mid-1800s for their collections – many of which remain today, including, of course, the collection at the New York Public Library!

If you can make it to the New York City, stop in and see the exhibit!

Anna Atkins Keeper Pouch: Fucus vesiculosus by Peg and Awl Anna Atkins Medium Desk Caddy: Chordaria flagelliformis by Peg and Awl
Laser-Engraved Seaweed Keeper Pouch
Laser-Engraved Seaweed Desk Caddy
Anna Atkins Small Desk Caddy: Dictyota dichotoma by Peg and Awl Anna Atkins Pocket Journal by Peg and Awl
Seaweed Decoupage Desk Caddy
Pocket Journals with Seaweed
Anna Atkins Large Book Necklace: Cystoseira fibrosa by Peg and Awl Anna Atkins Medium Book Necklace: Grateloupia filicina by Peg and Awl
Limited Vintage Leather Seaweed Engraved Book Necklace
Limited Vintage Leather Seaweed Engraved Book Necklace


Our Tin Type journals sold out in 25 minutes! Thank you all for your enthusiasm! We are planning another batch for December launch, so sign up for our newsletter here!

We also will keep vintage variations in stock in our leather journals section

What other types of journals would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!

I have always been a lover of lost faces. Perhaps it can be attributed to early morning photography lessons with my dad as he tirelessly explained depth of field, aperture, and shutter speed on his old Petri – before running to (or the worst – chasing and honking at) the school bus. Then there were weekend flea market excursions with my mom, where we gathered frames and photographs, tables and oddities abandoned from other people’s lives to decorate our house.  Or maybe it was the exploration of abandoned houses, a pastime my mom and I enjoyed sparingly, but that came to consume me once I got my driver’s license. Whatever the origins, the desire to rescue portraits of gone people has manifested itself within me. 

Whilst making this new batch of Tin Type journals and thinking about these lost souls, this passage from David Eaglemen's Sum, replayed over and over in my mind.

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