Seeds Sewn: The Re-Cycling Hatter of Boston

Grey Wolf
May 15, 2010, 10:23 pm
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Long story short: My good friend Jon and I took a small road trip this morning to Fall River. I have heard it referred to as the South Coast of Massachusetts and was chided recently for calling it the South Shore. Regardless of its geographical nickname, Fall River was our destination, more specifically, Dan-Mar Sewing Supply at 951 Broadway, 2nd Floor, to Bob (owner). We were diving my friend Derek’s truck en route to view, purchase and transport a Singer 457-105 industrial sewing machine.

Why would I need a vintage industrial strength machine for making hats you ask? Well, Seeds Sewn is not only the best handmade cycling hats in Boston, it will soon be expanding to include cycling bags! Crazy ideas have been seizing me in the middle of the night. Ideas of bag designs and redesigns to the extent that if I don’t get up and start writing out my ideas I can’t get back to sleep.

Jon was having similar fantasies of shoulder bags for the light traveling cyclist. So when we started chatting one night over dinner at my place we knew this was going to be awesome. We will keep you posted as we version out and prototype bag.

Until then, just look at my new beauty!

I am proud to introduce to you, for the first time in use for cyclist’s needs…

Grey Wolf

Anne’s Hat
May 3, 2010, 8:37 am
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On Saturday I finished Anne’s hat. Anne and I have been friends for several years now and cycling was never one of our shared interests until this year when she told me that she was planning to ride 18oo miles up the west coast on the U.S.! When asked if I would make her a custom hat to match her Ride:Well team jersey, I was thrilled. I hat assumed that Ride:Well would be providing the team with caps but to my joy they are not. I am honored to be able to have made this hat for Anne and I will be praying for her as she continues to train and while she rides for clean water and clean blood in sub-Saharan Africa.  She is still raising support, so if you feel so inclined to help Anne you can do so here. All proceeds go to the Blood:Water Mission projects and not to Anne’s riding expenses! All you have to do is follow the link and then select “Anne Taylor-Pacific” from the list of riders and choose how much you would like to donate and then follow the prompts.

Just the beginning!
April 22, 2010, 12:55 pm
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On Monday, April 19th at 4:05PM, my life changed forever! I thought my life began late in November of 1983 when I was born, then my life began again early in October of 2008 when I married the love of my life. On Monday my life has begun anew, for the third time, with the birth of our son Korban. I love new beginnnings!!!

Big thanks to Joan Sutton for taking some great shots!

New Kid on the Block: Beverly Cycles
March 22, 2010, 1:44 pm
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My good friend Anne called me last week and told me about a guy named Bill who, after losing his lucrative job in the semiconductors industry, made the gutsy decision to open a bike shop. I will be making a trip up to visit Bill and learn more about the shop soon, but in the meantime here is Beverly Cycles story.

Bicycles for the Rest of Us

Article by Planet North Shores – Issue 275

The day he turned fifty-six, Bill Kerr got laid off from his corporate job and, the way he tells it, he couldn’t have imagined a more welcome present. He’d always been an avid bicyclist, riding to and from work in all kinds of weather, organizing weekend rides and doing some competitive racing. Despite the several bicycle shops already in existence on the North Shore, Bill saw a need for a bicycle shop for the rest of us, for those who aren’t necessarily into racing or competition, a shop where everyone, regardless of ability or knowledge would feel comfortable asking questions, trying out bikes and having fun. Bill Kerr visited possible locations for his shop for months before finding the perfect spot. Nestled in the heart of North Beverly next to the venerable Annie’s bookshop and across the street from famed Nick’s Famous Roast Beef, Beverly Cycles opened it’s doors at 6 a.m. on March 2, 2009 in the middle of a snowstorm. And a great grand opening it was: ten inches of snow and not a single customer.

Top mechanic is Olivia Harkness, a high school friend and running buddy of Bill’s daughter Grace. Now attending art school in Portland, Maine, no one was surprised to learn that Olivia had a way with the wrench: she can build virtually anything, from tables to electric guitars to tree houses. She also fixes her own car. Other employee, Ben Sawyer, avid mountain bike rider and son of long distance coach David Sawyer is foremost a talented carpenter. When you visit the shop, notice the elegant L-shaped front counter and display wall: Ben’s handiwork. He has reportedly gotten into road riding lately. Don’t let his hobbit-like demeanor fool you: he is fast.

At Beverly Cycles, you’re not going to get the hard sell: while the shop offers a wide range of bicycles from mountain to road to cruiser to kids’ Bill, Ben, and Olivia love to resurrect those bikes you have forgotten about in your basement. They will help you get your old bike back on the road, upgrade, or try something completely new.

They also offer bicycle day care: North Beverly train station is across the street: ride your bike to the train and store it at Beverly Cycles for the day; if you need repairs or want a tune up, it will be done by the end of the day. Store hours are Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; the shop is closed Sundays. There are always bike rides happening. Check the website for road rides and mountain bike rides for all levels of ability.

“Bicycles for the rest of us!”
Beverly Cycles
132 Dodge Street
Beverly, MA 01915

(978) 338-5663

FREE Chrome Shoes!!!!
March 18, 2010, 11:55 am
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Chrome’s “Turds For Gold” Shoe Exchange!

To show how committed Chrome is to their footwear line, Chrome presents their “Turds For Gold” Shoe Exchange. For two days only, Chrome will be slinging a new pair of shoes to anyone that sends them a worn-out pair of kicks. “There are a lot of great shoe brands out their but few, if any, are made to handle the harsh demands of riding in the city,” says Chrome Marketing Director, Matt Sharkey. “Our shoes are built to hold up under the toughest conditions and are designed 100% to address the needs of the everyday city cyclist. Not only did we want to build a shoe that was durable and functional, but we also paid close attention to overall fit and timeless style.” The exchange begins on Wednesday, March 17 and ends promptly the next day on Thursday, the 18th. Packages must be post marked by 3/18 to qualify and should include a return shipping address and shoe size info.

Please ship all packages to:

Chrome Industries
Attn: Turds for Gold
Sharkey 580 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

:repost with slight edit from trakosaurus rex

Open:Closed… but not forever!
February 22, 2010, 3:49 pm
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“Open Bicycle (in its current Hawkins St. incarnation) will be open by appointment only starting Monday the 15th of February.  We will be devoting our energies full-time to completing the build-out at our new space at 21A Union Square, next to Sherman Cafe.”
~ OPEN Blog

In the interim, you can  contacting me directly. seedssewn AT gmail dot com

We are all awaiting the reincarnation of OPEN…

Harts Fabric Give-Away (Every Tuesday!)
January 19, 2010, 1:42 pm
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My friends over at Harts Fabric are giving away a yard of fabric every Tuesday! Check them out here to find out how to win!

This week’s fabric is from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks line of voiles.

This one is my favorite!