Last fall, with the help of Doni’s Delis clever bag design, I turned my hand-woven ‘garden banner’
into a bag. Here’s the front
It’s a roomy bag of about 12″ square. The wide strap will make it comfortable to carry even if filled with heavy books. A larger version with a flat bottom would be Fantastic for groceries!
Unfortunately, in the months since DH took these photos, I’ve used this bag exactly once. Wondering why, I asked myself, “If you saw this bag in a store, would you buy it?” My answer was a quick “No.”, which really didn’t tell me anything new, so I asked myself “Why not?” I had to think for a little while before answering that one.
I concluded that although it was great fun to really let loose and Play! while weaving my first free-style Saori project by including this, that and yet another yarn,
creating loops, bobbles and fringes, and experimenting with clasped weft and tapestry techniques,
the multicolored and highly textured result was probably better suited to a garden banner than a purse. sigh.
So I trimmed away its fringes
and all but the smallest of bobbles – being very careful not to clip the wrong thread.
I didn’t take off that much
but it made a Big difference in how I feel about this project. (front and back)
I’m not sure whether I would buy this New Bag either, lol, but I do like it a little more than before.