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.
Until I realise I traced the letters back-to-front and have to erase the pencil marks and start again.
See more creativity than you can poke a crochet hook at over at Kirsty's.
I love that bag. Love, love it! Very cool that you discovered the top flips down, too. Good luck getting all the work done!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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. :)ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
not only is the bag fab but i collect elephants.... so the fabric sold it all the more.... loving the design!!ReplyDelete
Love the bag! So cute :-)ReplyDelete
Your new sack bag looks great. I'm so thrilled that you've admitted to not being a proper designer. You're ACE!ReplyDelete
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.
Great bag, and I love the elephant fabric! Hope you do well at the markets!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
LOVE the new design - it will be a winner at the market for sure! Nic xReplyDelete
I love the new bag. Will have to add one of those to my collection. Your work is so fabulous.ReplyDelete
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!
Ooh, I might have to come to the markets after all :)ReplyDelete
I LOVE that bag. So sun-shiny!ReplyDelete
That is one totally ace sack bag. Love how it fold down. Beautiful. Great fabric combination too. Be still my beating heart!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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)ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
what is a proper designer anyway? I do so love your bag and the folding down trick. Nice to visit your blog today xxReplyDelete
Ah...clever flour sacky-type invention. I'd say you are already a *proper* designer. :DReplyDelete
I love the yellow and the red together. And the elephants are complete awesomeness.
Hope you have a profitable and enjoyable time at the market.ReplyDelete
This new bag looks awesome!!! What a great idea. You make a wicked cool bag!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to catch up in a couple of weeks :)
Of course you had to do the new GENIUS bag. Just aim for the cup of tea and 'feet up' after the market.ReplyDelete
Lovely lovely bag! Great fabric!ReplyDelete
love the bag michelle. it looks gorgeous folded down. good luck with the market and the whole world peace thingReplyDelete
great work, the bag looks great and very useful, love the fabric too!ReplyDelete
Pretty bag! I love using my light box for drawing too! Wendy xxReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete