Old Takoma Ace Hosts Local Craftswoman Patti Mallin

Recycled Hand Bags

Woven handbags with wooden handles recall the 80s. And we are all about the 80s.

Takoma Park’s annual Art Hop (March 24-25, 11am-5pm) is back and Old Takoma Ace Hardware is proud to host eco craftswoman Patti Mallin of PlarnItAll

Patti makes handwoven totebags, cellphone cases and housewares with yarn she “spins” from used plastic bags (bread, newspaper, grocery and Ace bags). She calls it “plarn” and the results of her craftiness are pretty darn cool as well as totally ecofriendly–50 grocery bags are upcycled into just one PlarnItAll creation. That’s a lot of leftover bags kept out of landfills.

Handcrafted Pillows

When it comes to outdoor decor, pillows made from plarn stand up to all the elements.

Most of her working material is donated by neighbors in a manner Mallin describes as “drive-by plarnings,” which involve overnight deliveries of bags of plastic bags left porchside just begging to be made into something colorful,  useful and extremely durable (all of her products can be hand or machine washed, including the pillows).

Crafty Cell Phone Cases

Cell phone cases in brilliant colors adorned with a button? We've been killed with cuteness. Can you say whimsical spring must have?

You can see and buy Patti’s wares at Old Takoma Ace Hardware from Wednesday March 21 – Sunday March 25. Meet Patti during our artist  reception on Sunday March 2, 12-2pm, also at the store. Old Takoma Ace is located at 7001 Caroll Ave. in Takoma Park, MD.

To find out more about Art Hop participating artists, go here.


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