Sunday, January 25, 2009

Xmittens + Design for Mankind giveaway!

Starting January 27, you can enter to win a pair of extra long charcoal grey Xmittens! This blog giveaway is a collaboration between the fantastic blog, Design for Mankind and Xmittens. Go the Design for Mankind blog and write a comment in the contest post to be entered.

Plus, there's a second way to win! Sign up for my monthly Ambermayhem Textile Arts e-newsletter! The newsletter is full of textile art news, featured artists, special deals only available to list members and more! Click here for an example on facebook. Sorry, you can't use the coupon code unless you sign up :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

CPSIA law affects handmade items for children

Created with good intentions, the new CPSIA law requires testing for lead in all components of goods intended for children under 12 years of age. Materials such as fabrics that have little to no exposure to lead during manufacturing need to be tested. The testing will be the responsibility of the creator of the finished goods such as hobby business owners, indie crafters, etc NOT the manufacturer of the material/supplies. This may force small businesses that focus on products for children to close due to the super expensive testing costs that could potentially be more easily and affordably absorbed into manufacturer costs.

By the way, to test each component means to test every piece involved in making the item including- fabric, thread, every color of yarn used in an item, elastic, buttons, snaps, etc ...If an item starts using different components, the testing would have to be re-done. Each component will cost $70 for lead testing and an additional $350 per component for phthalates testing.

Thought I would pass along some links for fellow crafters and to inform consumers about the movement to amend this law.

CPSIA Central

Sample new CPSIA prices from etsy sellers

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Amtextiles in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette!

How nice to walk into work and be told I was mentioned in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today! Check it out here:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette- Amber Coppings

I have been working on all sorts of new amtextiles, including some that incorporate knit fine silver beads inside of the bubble wraps! As I create and document, I add listings to my amtextiles shop. Follow the link to see some of my latest creations!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Xmittens On Sale!!

For one day only all regular length Xmittens are 10% off!

Go to to take advantage of this deal!

- lasts until Monday, January 12 until 12am EST
- regular length only

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Xmittens on the Front Page of Etsy

This great set of Xmittens fingerless gloves and scarf were featured on the front page of etsy! It was funny because I saw the front page theme of charcoal grey and thought to myself " Man, Xmitten would look great with all of these items" and lo and behold- they were there!

Check out the listing here:

And I know, I know, it has been awhile since I blogged, but I promise I have lots of cool blog posts for the coming weeks! So, keep checking back!