Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My creative space

Until last Sunday I thought I was on top of things with the market I'm doing with Carrie this weekend. I had my Sunnyboys and Boxes for Sockses made, the display sorted, and half a sock using Carrie's yarns crocheted. All I had to sew was a banner for Carrie, finish the sock and maybe if I had time, crochet a few flower brooches for sale.

Maybe I'd also have time to write a job application and broker world peace. Oh, the possibilities.



That of course was until I came up with a new design last week, and I just had to make it didn't I? So now I am making a whole lot of these for the market. I've been carrying the sack around with me all week and using it when I have the chance, and I've now made a few adjustments to the design to make it more usable. The handle and tab are shorter, and I've sewn the side bits together so that they fold in a little when the strap is pulled through the tab.

And I've discovered you can fold down the sides like a flour sack when you're using it. It kinda makes me feel like a genius discovering little surprises with something I've designed myself, even though I probably would have already known about this feature when I designed it if I was a proper designer. Oh well, can't win 'em all.



I've also been making Carrie's stall banner. It's similar to the one I made myself for the MOCCA market last year, but of course, not the same because that would just be weird. The banners aren't anything fancy - just fusible applique stitched down with the sewing machine, and then embroidered edges and a little bit of flair. I get to use my light box for tracing the letters onto fusible web, and that's always fun.

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Until I realise I traced the letters back-to-front and have to erase the pencil marks and start again.

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See more creativity than you can poke a crochet hook at over at Kirsty's.

27 comments:

  1. I love that bag. Love, love it! Very cool that you discovered the top flips down, too. Good luck getting all the work done!

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  2. Great bag design Michelle! And is that a South Bay Shawlette you're working on by any chance? I currently have one in the works!

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  3. I am loving your bag design. And the sweet little tricks your bag can do. The sign sounds great too. Hope the rest of the week is as creative for you. :)

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  4. Love the new design too...Discovering new ways to use things are just part of the process, I'd say you are quite a "proper" designer!

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  5. not only is the bag fab but i collect elephants.... so the fabric sold it all the more.... loving the design!!

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  6. Your new sack bag looks great. I'm so thrilled that you've admitted to not being a proper designer. You're ACE!

    Do you know, when I first started reading blogs I thought everybody who wrote a blog was a designer because of how much the word was thrown around.

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  7. Great bag, and I love the elephant fabric! Hope you do well at the markets!

    Jill

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  8. Hmm. lovely bag and of course you are a designer...its not an elitist thing you have to have pedigree for-its a simply a process of creating a new something...and those happy accidents are the best part fo the process. love your bags, so sweet and they look super practical.

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  9. LOVE the new design - it will be a winner at the market for sure! Nic x

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  10. I love the new bag. Will have to add one of those to my collection. Your work is so fabulous.

    You know I bet there are plenty of designers who find 'extras' once they finish their designs. I don't think it makes you any less proper at all. Well, only in good ways!

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  11. Ooh, I might have to come to the markets after all :)

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  12. That is one totally ace sack bag. Love how it fold down. Beautiful. Great fabric combination too. Be still my beating heart!

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  13. I had to giggle at you tracing the letters back to front. I am always doing that. So keen to get the job done. I love your new project bag design. Fantastic that it folds down like that. Very clever indeed!

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  14. The sack is fantastic! (And I am quite familiar with the tracing error ... someone close to me ... very, very close, if you know what I mean ... does that on a regular basis)

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  15. It's great to see what you have come up with for the new bag design. Love the elephant fabric too. Good luck at the markets!

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  16. what is a proper designer anyway? I do so love your bag and the folding down trick. Nice to visit your blog today xx

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  17. Ah...clever flour sacky-type invention. I'd say you are already a *proper* designer. :D
    I love the yellow and the red together. And the elephants are complete awesomeness.

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  18. Hope you have a profitable and enjoyable time at the market.

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  19. This new bag looks awesome!!! What a great idea. You make a wicked cool bag!

    Can't wait to catch up in a couple of weeks :)

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  20. Of course you had to do the new GENIUS bag. Just aim for the cup of tea and 'feet up' after the market.

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  21. Lovely lovely bag! Great fabric!

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  22. love the bag michelle. it looks gorgeous folded down. good luck with the market and the whole world peace thing

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  23. great work, the bag looks great and very useful, love the fabric too!

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  24. Pretty bag! I love using my light box for drawing too! Wendy xx

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  25. That is a brilliant bag - the handle and tab concept is great as is the way you can turn the top down.. I'm liking it a lot!

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