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Shadedmoon has been making collars specifically for Italian Greyhounds for the past two years initially selling through facebook.

Due to the success of this venture we opened an online shop on Etsy making jammies and harnesses too. We recently celebrated our one year anniversary with Etsy and would like to thank all our customers who have supported us and made this such a success.

  

I have always admired the wide collars, which can be seen on Salukis and other hunting hounds in the Middle East. These hounds with their long slender necks make for a perfect picture. I had not used a sewing machine for many years although I have always enjoyed being creative.

It all started when I joined an Italian Greyhound Forum; on one of these Forums a member was looking for people to make blocks for a quilt, which they would complete to be auctioned to raise funds for Italian Greyhound Rescue in America. I decided to take part and produced some blocks using Union Jack and St. George’s flag fabric

Iconic Dog : Blog 

As I had the sewing machine out I decided to attempt to design collars for my Italian Greyhounds. I wanted to design something myself from scratch that was soft and gentle but strong and lightweight.

Soon friends with Italian Greyhounds started requesting that I make collars for their iggys too!

I could then start to let my imagination go with additional lace, charms, tassels, flowers and the occasional use of vintage fabrics, that make Shadedmoon collars unique.

 

This led to the creation of Shadedmoon’s Secret-Stash on facebook, due to the success of this venture a year later we set up our online shop on Etsy.

All our collars are handmade by me and nothing is factory made or mass produced, designs evolve all the time from inspiration that I find around me.

We have sold collars to customers all over the world in the UK, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Our handmade collars are usually made in limited runs (from 1-8 in number) from unusual and interesting fabric sourced from all over the world, to produce collars that are unique in design, in three styles Wide Clip collar, Slide Adjust Martingale and our Combi Collar, in nine sizes to fit Italian Greyhounds.

7″,7.5″,8″,8.5″, 9″,9.5″, 10″, 10.5″, 11″

 

      WIDE CLIP COLLAR       SLIDE ADJUST MARTINGALE     COMBI COLLAR

 THE WIDE CLIP COLLAR

The Wide Clip Collar can be used on or off lead so is very versatile, for when a walk is combined with off lead play. The Wide Clip Collar is 1 ½” wide tapering to ¾” at the back where there is a quick release clip, we use contoured clips which have a slight arch to fit more comfortably against the shape of the neck. The inside of the collar is lined with satin in a contrasting or complimentary colour.

Designed by myself specifically for Italian Greyhounds after much trial and error to ensure the optimum comfort and wear-ability
Very comfortable with satin lining and a polypropylene webbing core for strength.
The collar has a side release buckle clip – contoured to fit comfortably against the neck.

 Slide adjust Martingale Walking Collars

The Slide Adjust Martingale Walking Collars we make are very useful for when you want a collar that is easy to slip on and off for that quick road walk, or when you have multiple dogs to walk or want to change collars very quickly. I have found them very useful at dog shows so that my dogs can be walked securely outside the ring then I can make a quick change to a show lead for the show ring with the minimum amount of fuss as it just slips on and off over the dogs head.

THE COMBI COLLAR

The Combi Collar is a combined martingale with leash. The martingale just slips on and off over the head and can be closed with a slide adjuster if wanted.  It is very useful when you are in a hurry and want to undertake a quick road walk, change collars quickly or road walk multiple dogs, no more searching for separate collars and leashes. I also used them when toilet training as the two are combined it just meant that I quickly slipped the collar over the pups head and took them to the garden

THE SHADEDMOON SOFT HARNESS

 I was looking for a harness as an alternative to a collar for young pups but couldn’t find anything soft enough at the time. I looked at several designs then came up with this style that suited my own dogs. It gave security but was also soft enough so that it did not rub the iggies delicate skin. The harness is cut high at the shoulder so that the dogs have ample movement to run freely with them on. The harnesses have hook and loop (velcro type) fastenings at the neck and chest and as standard a webbing strap and buckle at the neck for additional security. I also offer an additional strap at the chest if required at a small extra cost.

JAMMIES

Jammies come in six standard sizes to fit Italian Greyhounds. Plain Fleece Jammies come in many colours depending on availability.

I also search for patterned fleece fabric when possible or combine colours but most I will only make in limited numbers

 

As always I wanted to put my own particular mark on the jammies design and make some unique jammies specifically for Shadedmoon, I  recently designed and developed the following lines

SHADEDMOON HI-VIZ JAMMIES

 Hi Viz – Safety Jammies with Reflective Trim for the dark nights and Gloomy days features reflective trim on either side of the jammies for increased safety in poor light situations. I am particularly proud of these as I hope they will help to keep Italian Greyhounds safe as the stripes are particularly bright when caught by car headlights.

SHADEDMOON DIAMANTE TRIM JAMMIES AND VELVET COLLARS

I decided to add some bling to my collections with the introduction of diamante hearts and stars added to my velvet collars and coordinating jammies. The jammies and collars come in a variety of colours and the collars can be made in any of the three styles.

Named jammies (as seen above) can also now be made on request

Shadedmoon drawstring snood jammies

During last years snowy winter Cuba hated her ears getting cold so I designed these snood jammies. They have a drawstring closure to draw it over the ears and around the face and an opening at the nape of the neck for the leash. The snood is worn losely around the neck when not in use as a snood.

I also had some fun making these one-off Mickey Mouse ones for a friend’s dog which Nasir modelled.

SHADEDMOON JAMMIES AND HARNESS SETS

I try wherever possible to make coordinating items that look good together, these are my harness and jammies sets. Most often made to order though I sometimes have a small amount of ready made stock.

SHADEDMOON TWO LEGGED SWEATERS

Created for Italian Greyhounds for those cold days, where Jammies are just too warm or for those dogs (and owners) who prefer this style. They are shorter in the leg and neck than the jammies and are made to order in either plain or patterned fleece as required.

 

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