Sunday, November 13, 2011

Back & Celebrating 2 Years!

My heavens it's been ages since I've posted here. I thought it was about time I brought Darlingtonia Moccasin Co.'s blog back to life.

Today is Darlingtonia Moccasin Co's 2 year ANNIVERSARY! I can hardly believe it I am so happy I've made it this far. I want to give a big thanks to all of my wonderful customers, thank you endlessly!

Also, I have a little holiday shipping news to share, the cut off date for all orders to arrive in the USA by Christmas is December 5th. International customers should place their orders by the end of November for there to be any chance for holiday arrival.

To recap some news that has been missed since my last post there are 3 new Darlingtonia Moccasin Designs that can be found exclusively for sale at Each design was a collaboration between Elsie & I - we think they turned out sweet as can be.

As a special holiday treat I am offering free holiday shipping with the code:FREESHIPHOLIDAY2011 in both my online shop & on etsy too. Enjoy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Darlingtonia Bow Belts

Recently I've been working on a line of leather accessories & today they are finally up for sale in my Etsy shop

Introducing Darlingtonia Bow Belts...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Darlingtonia Moccasin Company & I have been featured in the latest copy (No. 6) of Uppercase Magazine, a brilliant & beautiful publication out of Canada. Here I am with a copy...

Below is what the article says cause you can't read it in the photos & I know some folks might have a hard time getting a copy. (I hope Uppercase will be ok with me doing this):
With lively colours and girlish embellishments, Katie Kukulka brings the handmade moccasin into fashion. The look of the shoes might be contemporary, but their construction process is decidedly out of date - and Katie wouldn't have it any other way.

Cut from leather, each is sewn with an antique cast iron sewing machine circa 1930 powered with a good old fashion foot treadle and later laced by hand. "I think people are surprised when they find out I make my moccasins on an antique," she says. "Most people never get near working antique machines and I think people have a certain amount of curiosity about it. Normally people would rather buy newequipment that they feel they can rely on. For me it's all about functionality. Every leather sewing machine I found was either turbo loaded with a mega motor which is incredibly hard to finesse, or could accommodate the curves I needed to sew. When I found and image and description of a Singer 29K I knew it was going to be the best match for what I needed to do."

Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Katie chooses to work with such an old machine. Her other creative outlet is photograph, in which she uses large format cameras and glass negatives. "When it comes to using antique machines and equipment I find it's always a more involved process. My sewing machine and large format cameras are far from perfect. I develop a relationship with them and get used to their quirks. If something goes wrong I have to know how to fix it myself or make it work."

The use of old technology forces one to slow down and appreciate the art of crafting something from scratch. "I started buying antiques because they had the features I needed. I ended up falling in love with the process of using them."

Page 60 & 61!!

Beautiful Bloggers

It's been a while since my last post & in the meantime much has been happening, I have a lot of catching up to do. To start with a couple of super sweet bloggers have posted lovely words about and pictures of their Darlingtonia Moccasins...

Here is Keiko Lynn enjoying a beautiful day at Coney Island in her Navy & Stone Tiger Lily moccasins. I love the picture of her jumping! To read her blog post visit her blog. (& check out her super sweet clothing line Postlapsaria)

Here is Elsie of Red Velvet Art looking adorable in her Hitchmoccs. To read her full blog post about Darlingtonia moccs, head over to her blog A Beautiful Mess.

I am so glad all of these beautiful ladies are enjoying their Darlingtonia Moccasins.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Packaging!

Darlingtonia Moccasin Co. finally has new, much improved packaging! With the help of EvolTwin Printing in Portland providing me with a screen I was able to hand screen print each and every box...twice...front and back! I also have new hand printed & hand sewn cotton drawstring bags each pair of moccasins gets to spend the ride from my home to yours in.

I ran out of old boxes before I could get the new ones printed so I am sorry if anyone ordered a pair of moccasins and was expecting a pretty box and got a plain one... :(

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I finally finished several new Darlingtonia Moccasin designs! Today I am introducing the Pow Wow Princess moccasin, the Morning Star moccasin and a new Tiger Lily design. Head over to my shop to purchase a pair!

More images to follow...

Pow Wow Princess

The Pow Wow Princess Moccasins

Pow Wow Princess Moccasin - Turquoise & Gold

Pow Wow Princess Moccasin - Aqua & Silver

Pow Wow Princess Moccasin - Lime & Gold