I'm Laura. I am a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, a seamstress, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic. She/her.


How to contact me:

     laura @ cybermenology.com
     Cybermenology Handmade

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Website redesign: coming soon!

Posted at 15 Feb 2021 10:05:00 PM

Exciting news! I've been working with the absolutely wonderful people at Free the Robot Creative on a website redesign, and we're expecting it to launch here in a month or so.

I, for one, am absolutely thrilled that I will no longer be posting via writing raw html into the database table via a phpMyAdmin SQL editor (having lost the password to the GUI editor page that I wrote years ago, and haven't been arsed to figure out how to reset it...)

In the meantime, follow along on my instagram and Facebook pages, and this space will be back soon with a brand new look!

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Our 100th Sale Giveaway Contest!

Posted at 04 Dec 2020 01:33:19 PM


Y'all, 100 sales. 100!!!

This is so far beyond what I envisioned back in March when I restarted Cybermenology, and I could NEVER have done it without all of you <3. So let’s do something fun!!

Here are the rules:
Follow me on Instagram @cybermenology, and leave a comment here or on Facebook telling me what your favourite fandom is - on Sunday night (08:00 CST) I’ll tally up and randomize to pick a winner. Tag a friend to get an extra entry! (Limit one extra entry per person.)

Winner can pick any $25 clutch in my shop OR pick a fabric and I’ll make you a one of a kind!

You've been amazing to me this year, and I'd like to return the kindness. Thank you so much, everyone!!

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Everything geeky - except when it's not.

Posted at 21 Sep 2020 08:17:19 PM

I love when this happens. A casual conversation starts out with:

"I really love this style of bag that you make! I, ah.. just have to figure out what material I want…You'll have to show me some samples."

Game ON!

Believe it or not, my fabric stash is not exclusively nerdy. Some of it, you might even say, is downright elegant. And along with this customer, we went (virtually) sorting through my stash and I even made a trip to our local Tandy Leather store for the perfect combination. I'm in love with the finished product: buttery soft natural leather, a tone on tone mandala-style print, and gold hardware accents to round it out.

As with almost any custom project, I learned a LOT. For instance, I learned that my rivet press is not in love with leather (that's putting it mildly). I learned that if you are going to make a habit of hand-sewing leather, you should oil your needle. And lastly, when my Juki's even feed foot experienced a very minor explosion during the last stage of sewing this project … I learned to improvise.

Thank you, J.! It's been a lot of fun sewing for you <3

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Procure at Home - Spotlight

Posted at 09 Aug 2020 11:48:37 AM

Hello all! Swing by The Women's Creative Instagram IGTV page (@thewomenscreative) on Sunday 9th August at 3p CST to see me being awkward on live internet!

I will be showing off some of the Cybermenology Handmade handbags I’ve made, talking about what I do and why, and maaaaaaybe sneak peaking some cool new fabrics and lace?

Many thanks to The St Louis Women's Creative for this awesome opportunity!

Follow this direct link to get to my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/cybermenology

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The Boronia Bowler, Two Different Ways

Posted at 26 Jun 2020 08:03:31 PM

The Boronia Bowler Bag by Blue Calla Patterns is quickly becoming one of my go-to bags to sew. It looks great, and is roomy enough to fit your keys, phone, wallet, book, current knitting project, Nintendo Switch, and the half-eaten granola bar your almost-seven-year-old inexplicably handed you yesterday. ...Hypothetically, that is.

It zips all the way open -- and with gussets on both sides, I do mean all the way. No more losing your keys in the bottom of your purse!

But rather than just extolling the virtues of what's quickly becoming my favourite handbag, today I'd like to look at the differences that fabric choices can make in a bag.
Take, for example, my original:
A moderate sized purse with red and purple flowered fabric and black vinyl.

This version features a striking purple and red floral pattern in front of a black geometric background. Complimenting the background are black vinyl accents running from base to strap, finished with bright silver accents. It looks modern, professional and eye-catching.

And here's that same bag, but this time in a stunning gothic & floral-themed print with gold vinyl accents and straps:

Gone are the base-to-zipper strap connectors: this time I chose to cover up as little of the pattern as possible and instead used rivets to attach the minimalist straps.
Keeping things consistent, I finished it with antique gold hardware and custom zipper pulls that continue the floral theme.

So... much... room!!

Y'all: I love this bag. And I hope its new owner loves it even more!

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New items in the Etsy shop!

Posted at 20 Jun 2020 05:53:42 PM

Yesterday I uploaded the last couple of weeks of makes to my Etsy shop! These mini backpacks are a lot of fun to sew - expect more in the future :)

And this one ... gosh, I love this bag. It was my first time sewing the Boronia Bowler pattern, and I did not do an adequate job at all on the inner boxed corner. In this pattern, that's not just for looks, it's for structural stability - so "unfortunately" this one is not for sale. I'll just have to keep it! ;-) But I am looking forward to perfecting this and making more of them!

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A couple more

Posted at 20 May 2020 08:38:19 PM

Two posts in a month. Seems almost unbelievable, eh?

Thought I'd follow up with a couple more totes that I've made as gifts lately. The Seuss is a gift for kiddo's kindergarten teacher, who has really given her all to stay in touch with the kids in this weird Coronavirus world. I appreciate her so much!

The Minecraft tote was REALLY fun to sew. It's a graduation gift for a special young lady, and I hope she loves it. It's big enough that it broke my photo "lightbox" - sorry about that.

In Progress...

I love these zipper pulls!

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Custom Crafting

Posted at 14 May 2020 11:31:50 PM

Hello, loves.

Of late, some of the custom clothes and handbags that I've made have been making the rounds of the internet. If that's what's sent you here, welcome!

I love to craft, and I love to share it. As I said .. about a year ago now .. most of my sharing is now on websites dedicated to that purpose, and ye olde blog has mostly gone the way of the dodo. But it does make for a good landing page, and I'm glad that you're here.

I'll share below some of the things I've made recently. If you are interested in having one for your very own, please reach out to me!

Here's the obligatory caveat: crafting is not my job. Hell, it's not even my first part-time job. It's maybe somewhere around third or fourth, if you count Covid-19 homeschool teacher now. I do not - let me say this again in italics - I do not do deadlines.
And here's the other Very Important Notice: my cats are allowed in my craft room. If you or someone close to you is allergic and will be adversely affected by cat hair or dander, please do not order from me!

Here's how this works:
  • We'll have a conversation about what you'd like, and I will share the fabrics I have on hand. We can do this via text, video call, or email.
  • Once you approve a design, I'll get a mockup together. This may take anything between a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on availability of materials and whether or not I needed to order anything. I will send you a photo of the mockup, and ask for your approval.
  • Once you approve the mockup, I'll invoice you for the price + approximate shipping cost (usually around $8 USD for domestic shipping).
  • When payment is received, I'll get to work! Again, depending on availability of both materials and my 'free' time, this may take from days to weeks.
  • When it's done, off it goes in the post, and I hope that you are delighted!

How to contact me:
laura @ cybermenology.com

I sew a LOT of my own and kiddo's clothes, but let's leave those unedited selfies over on ig, shall we?
Instead, here are some pretty handbag examples:

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5 years later...

Posted at 13 May 2020 10:59:12 PM

Time moves on, the internet moves on, and twitter and instagram are more my blog these days, I suppose. Do the kids still say "blog" these days?

But I still think of this website as my home base on the internet, and perhaps now that kiddo is nearly 6 I'll dig up my SSH password and give the code a good spring cleaning.

In the meantime, all of my knitting patterns are available for purchase and/or download on Ravelry, and I'd love for you to come find me there!

My Etsy link is active, and from time to time (as time allows) ready-made products like spindles, custom clothing and custom handbags can be found there!
For the rest of the inane daily chatter, I'm always @wint3rhart on insta and twitter.

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Pattern Release: Lebanon

Posted at 22 Mar 2015 02:17:05 PM

It's been a long journey to get here, but today I'm happy to announce that my newest pattern, Lebanon, is available from my Ravelry store!

A triangular shawl knit in a handspun fine laceweight singles yarn, with a consistent mesh lace stitch pattern and relatively large needles, this shawl is an introduction to knitting with a fine yarn. It features a knitted edging which allows you to make the most of a small amount of fiber, and begins at the longest edge, so the rows get shorter as you go!

I'm proud to have incorporated spinning techniques learned over the years at Stringtopia in Lebanon, Ohio into the yarn that made this shawl possible. I hope that you too will be inspired to learn new skills and join me on a journey to a beautiful shawl!


Pattern Link @ Ravelry:
I'll have hard copies listed in my Etsy shop shortly.
Thanks for bearing with me over this last year, and I hope that you like it!


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