Category Archives: Accessoires & Bags

Little mermaid ‘Poissondrieke’ meets bubble quilting




Christmas timing is coming closer and I wanted to share with you what my little mermaid has been up to.  Last time I showed you my latest illustration and the little bags I embroidered and painted with it.  This week it is time for Poissondrieke to swim her way up to your screen (or hands).  I used a very fine quilting with natural shapes to surround her, from water bubbles to leaves.  And of course her hear straps are flooding around while she greats you with a smile. And although it is not common for a nautical creature to like flowers, Poissondrieke has a favourite!  The white Lilium Arum flower, which  has a shape between flower and leaf and knows herself to hide very well in shape, if it was not for the difference in colour ( and I think that’s why Poissondrieke likes her so much, the hide and seek part).  So here you have some of my embroidery quilted pouches with Poissondrieke :


Embroidery quilted Smart phone pouch, green

A light green embroidered iPhone/smart phone pouch, sleeve with a lovely flower patterned lining. 100% cotton, custom made to fit your phone.

Available here


Embroidery quilted blue zipper pouch / purse Poissondrieke

A dark blue zipper pouch embroidered with Poissondrieke on one side, and a Lilium Arum flower surrounded by leaves on the other side.  The inside lining has been quilted through, so you have a very nice relief as a lining.

Can be used as a small make up pouch, a hand camera bag, a small purse, wallet, storage bag, bridesmaid gift,…

Available here


Embroidery quilted zipper pouch of light green Velvet.

This lovely zipper pouch is made out of light green velvet cotton fabric and together with the embroidery it gives a soft, unique texture. On the inside you can find a natural coloured 100% cotton twill.

This bag fits very well as night out clutch, make up pouch, a small hand purse, wallet, bridesmaid gift, …

Available here


And today is cyber Monday!  At KusKatStudio we offer a discount of 15%, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2015 while purchasing your unique item.  Make sure to be on time, this promotion ends tonight!


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~~ Whimsical illustration ~~ ‘Bollinhas a largar’


illustration ‘Bolinhas a Largar’ @

I’m so happy to finally share with you one
of my new illustrations I made called ‘Bolinhas a largar’ red,
what means little dropping balls in Portuguese.
A little group of different characters stacked up one another and holding on to that.
Anyone want to give them a push so they drop?

This colourful illustration  was also one of the first drawings where I have been testing out these new inktense pencils.  They are very different from regular aquarelle pencils, they give a much brighter livelier colour, perfect for my kind of illustrations 🙂  And the great thing about them is, they can be use on fabric and they don’t wash out!  So I have been experimenting mixing the little dropping balls with fine embroidery quilting and painted illustration.

For the following pouches I have use my favourite technique of free motion embroidery or thread painting on a ‘sandwich’ of cotton fabric and batting.  It makes the surface more fluffy and adds a beautiful quilted relief to it.  The bag becomes also more sturdy.


Embroidery quilted zipper pouch/purse

This red one of a kind zipper pouch purse has a unique white embroidered illustration on it and salmon pink applique.

You can use this bag as

~ bridesmaid pouch / gift ~ red/pink wedding pouch/clutch ~ art zipper pouch ~ make up case/pouch ~ Storage bag ~ travel organizer bag ~ unique hostess gift ~ Gift for her

Available here

Quilted pouch red illustration threadpainted size flatly


Hand painted and embroidered linen evening Clutch / bag

This hand purse has been hand painted on a light linen fabric and embroidered with white thread.  The clutch is fully lined with 100% red cotton fabric and has a magnetic closure for ease of use.

You can use this clutch as
~ Evening bag ~ bridesmaid clutch / gift ~ light wedding clutch ~ wedding gift ~ art gallery bag ~ make up case/clutch ~ Storage bag ~ travel organizer bag ~ unique hostess gift ~ party bag ~fashion bag

Available here



Embroidery quilted Smart Phone wallet / case

This fine embroidered phone wallet can be made to fit any phone and have space enough to place your cards and small papers.

Available here

Iphone 6 quilted wallet, pouch case cover open flowers 3


And at last but not least my

Hand painted fold over clutch / cosmetic bag with leather bottom

Made out of 100% natural cotton fabric, hand painted with inktense and faux leather bottom.  Fully linen with 100% red cotton and a black zipper for closure.  This bag can be used as a handbag for everyday casual use, or as a unique, special bag for your night out.
Designed to fit large objects, it fits perfect to be used as a Cosmetics – toiletry bag or a Project bag.

Available here

fold over evening clutch, cosmetics bag handpainted filled


Hope you like these new series of hand painted and embroidered products!

New bags and clothing are being produce as we speak now and I can’t wait to share them with you,

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Have a Awesome week!




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Vindimas in the Douro Valley and KusKatStudio



It has been a while since I have been taking up the typing machine to write you a blog post.  In the meantime lots of things have changed.  KusKatdesigns moved to a new atelier, and with a new place comes a new name,


In my new Studio new drawings and figures are coming to life, two bright new collections are being created, new techniques are being experimented and a new website is getting ready to be shared with the word wide net.

Lets say, the last months have been very, very productive and creative.

But more about that I will share with you for the next weeks coming.

Douro valley, cycling rio Tua, Port wine

(source: Katelijn Smissaert, Douro Valley)

This time of the year is when its time for ‘Vindimas’. The picking of the wine grapes, the gentle feast of crushing the mature grapes with the bare feet’s, some music and a good cup of last years wine.

Porto is known worldwide for its ‘Vinho do Porto’, Port wine.

A sweet red/white fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley.

But what is less know is the good quality of real wine that is produced in the Douro region, as well as the wines of the other regions of Portugal ( Alentejo, Tejo, Dão, Palmela, …).

Last year I was asked by Olga of the Olga Santos Gallery to make a costume figure for the wine of Paulo Santos.   And with this new character I created Products like a wine apron, a wine bottle bag, a bread bag, and wine glass coasters.  Carefully embroidered on 100% natural cotton.

wine glass

And as the Douro valley this time of the year is flocked with people

ready to have some beautiful Red feet’s,

you can understand where the inspiration came from

If you are interested  in the process of the wine here at the Douro Valley, you might want to see the pictures of Douro exclusive of Ana Carvalho and Marcio Pinto.  They are specialised in giving people the best Douro Valley experience.  Check out there website here.

As for me, I still prefer my good old bicycle to cycle over the hills and inside the valleys.

Hope you enjoyed the big red feet’s.


Katelijn Smissaert

For costume illustrations and products, please contact me here

One more picture for the road:


(source: A nossa Quinta de Candoz)

I linked up this post with Inspire me Monday, Sarah Celebrate’s two uses Tuesday, Wow Us Wednesday, VMG206’s Brag about it, Olives-n-okra