I need help! (Have done for a while actually) But seriously, one of the reasons I have been neglecting my blog this week is that I have been totally focused on creating a new bag pattern. I love to combine different techniques, and was looking for a way to use my new crocheting ability – limited though it is! And I also wanted to create a bag that was roomy enough to hold the necessities of life when out and about, but which was also rather pretty. So I started with the bag you see on the left.
Then I took Ben out for a walk around Batson Creek and was struck by the shades of autumn appearing in the hedgerows. The fields had all been harvested and there were ripe blackberries and sloes to be had (though the sloes will be better after the first frosts). So I thought … soon everyone will want their new season bags – I’ll make another from the same pattern, but this time using that nice woollen tweed length I acquired from one of our local charity shops. And this time the inserts are real Liberty pattern silk. (thrifted again) and instead of crochet I had a lot of fun creating the cosy applique scene as an alternative. Both bags are lined in Kidston fabric, have zipper pockets and magnetic closures and are really easy to make – simply assembling rectangles.
Of course creating the bags is the fun bit … now I have to write up the patterns, take some nice photos (inside and out) and think of a name for the design … which is why I need your assistance. My mind is a blank. If you can think of a good name, then please could you leave a comment below – and if I use your suggestion then I’ll send you a free copy of the pattern when it’s finished plus free copies to two runners-up as well ..