Friday, August 04, 2006

Bag Idea for Sample Strips

With the discussion and ideas for samples and sample strips, I’ve been thinking about possible things to do with some of the extras.

Sometimes inspiration comes from unexpected places:

Rascal, making himself at home on my neat pile of handwoven log cabin scarves.









That “Oh, no” moment led to an idea:

Sketch for a knitting bag made from log cabin scarves & sample strips.











Each scarf is 6 inches wide, so I can sew three together to make the body of the bag with an 18 inch width. I'll use another sample scarf for the ends. Haven't decided about the bottom yet.

After contemplating several options for the strap/handle, I finally decided to knit an i-cord:

Knitted i-cord strap for bag.










I reckon a couple of miles ought to do. I’m thinking about braiding it to make it sturdier.

Next - Making the bag.

6 comments:

  1. Rascal's personality sounds a lot like Jazzy (who turned out to be too spicy for her original name, Jasmine).

    The bag sounds like a great idea. Wonder if you could find a matching, sturdy commercial fabric for the bottom of the bag. Perhaps cotton duck/canvas, or even a brown denim?

    Speaking of bags...the one on this blog has me intrigued: http://www.paperandthreads.com/2006/08/edm_challenge_78_a_souvenir.php

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  2. Gosh, I can't believe I wrote "socks" instead of "scarves" in my last comment. Luckily you knew what I meant. Love the bag idea. Valerie has a good idea.

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  3. Great idea! I agree with Valerie. I like to wrap plastic needlepoint canvas with fabric to give the bottom strength and stability. Have fun with that cord ;-)

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  4. I agree: braiding the i-cord (yet more miles of knitting.........groan......) would give it more strength.

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  5. Hi Leigh,

    I have had good success with felted Icord for straps. If it fits in with your sample bag it might save you having to do 3 times the length.

    Tricia

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  6. Oh my! Go away for a few days and look what happens! You have gotten so much done! Your samples are great and I love the idea of a bag. And I have seen much felted I cord used with great success for handles. Cant wait to see the finished product!

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