Monday, February 21, 2011

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

The Old One (silk, knotted pile) was indeed getting funky, mostly on the strap:

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Both sides of the strap are wearing out:

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In its defense: this bag has been used everyday for almost 8 years: I made it in 2003. I have had to take it apart and re-make it once, to wash it for beauty shots for The Book, and also? because the strap needed to be replaced then too. The strap wears out because:

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I am a bad person and I carry my hair clip on the band. Do not do this, unless you want to rip through straps.

I could have simply replaced the strap again, but, alas, the actual weaving is also wearing out on the edges of the flap (arrow):

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This meant more extensive repair, and I decided to go for retirement. These two panels (the front and back) will get cut off, washed and re-purposed, probably as pillow tops (with some added cloth). Yet! Another! Project! for the future-project pile....

The New Bag:

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The design is based on the button (copper with a brass outline), the wool is from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop. I discussed working on the bag here, with more information on the stranded wools that are the pile yarns.

Speaking of Cute as a Button:
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If you won't let me eat my hat, I will wear it askew.

I suppose I should change the post title to Grandma's Got a Brand New Bag? :D!


Blogger Lynn said...

Wait - you completely redid the pile, too? Or are we seeing both sides?

And OK, I admit it: that kid is adorable.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Lynn! The key words here are *New* and *Bag*.....

I will be in touch :)

10:53 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Great new bag, I really like the swirly design, although if you'd made it to give it to me, it's not quite my colours. I'm just saying.

And yes, cute-cute-cute!

Today's Word Verification: copnes: the state of having copious amounts of something, anything

10:57 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Oh, you mean I have to pay attention to the words in between the pretty pictures? Hmm. That could be difficult.

10:57 AM  
Blogger blopeep said...

I must admit that I was wondering why it wasn't called "Grandma's Got a Brand New Bag" from the get-go.

Gorgeous as always.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Anita in SE IN said...

But Sara one cannot be a grandma without first being a Mama.

12:51 PM  
Blogger judy said...

Very nice, very cute! Please tell me.. where it is warm enough to dress a child like that. Freezing here.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Chris Gray said...

I love the colours in the new bag Sara.

....and would you hug the cute baby for me please...

(as if you needed an excuse :-)

5:03 AM  
Blogger LauraJ said...

So, in my area? how in my area? close to my area? Dyeing or weaving?

I dyed for the first time in a couple of years last week and it is SO much fun. Bet you're surpised.


9:14 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Your granddaughter stole your thunder. I was absorbed in admiration for your bags and then that shot and caption caught me off guard and make me laugh out loud. Thanks!! My authentication word is sapped - and yes I am after having grandson Noah for three days~

3:32 PM  
Blogger ChelleC said...

I absolutely LOVE your bag - both the old one and the new. That bag (the old one) made me by the book!

Now this new one is so tempting. I am just learning to weave. Will take my first rigid heddle class this weekend.

What a darling granddaughter by the way.

9:03 AM  

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