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Thursday, 27 November 2008

counting down....



before and after felting....

I have been very good this year - for once (at least so far!) I am on top of christmas presents etc... I finished the coasters (yes, the ugly duckling was replaced) and I also finished the bag this morning. I dug out some of the Oliver Twists mixes and embroidered along the yarnover holes (they nearly close during felting, but make an easy line to embroider along). I had planned to put a button into the middle, where the spiral meets - but couldn't find a suitable one. so off I went into the shed to look for a base I could use. I found an old rusty washer in a good size and made it up a little with threads around and a "spiderweb" in the middle. I think it's good to go now - the small bag on the side is meant to be for a mobile, but to be flexible with it I fastened a spring fastening hook to one end. now the user can either clip it into the baglet (short strap), around the strap to pull it down as far as the strap reaches - or take it out altogether. it should be large enough for the usual sizes nowadays - I don't think many people still use the bricksize ones:)

I also put a small side bag inside - I hate it when hankies, labello etc. go awol inside a larger bag and I assume that's the same for most people. the strap is always a bit difficult - it all depends on the taste of the person and also on the body length! something that's suitable for me might be too long for a smaller person. I also like my bags (let's face it, with their huge size they should be called sacks:)) to hang down fairly low... well, don't look a gift bag onto its handle - or something like that!

so now I am down to one small present and one larger (1/2way done!). of course there is the baking and decos etc. - but that is never so urgent that I get into a jiffy about it. I already feel rather christmassy - I could just about hold back on putting a seasonal cd into the player this morning! might be due to the cold spell we're having right now - no snow yet, but it's growing colder every day and we had two hail showers already today. it's supposed to become colder and more wintry towards the weekend - so that I hope we don't end up having snow on saturday (though that might leave the bag for myself, as I don't fancy driving through snow and ice on summer tyres!).

9 comments:

KayB said...

Well, good on you, being top of your Xmas presents - I still don't dare to think about the C-word!
I like the idea of the embroidery along the YO - have to rememeber this. It's a great idea and the bag looks lovely.

Buecher-undWollkistchen said...

Superschön ist die Tasche geworden. Ich habe auch gerade eine gestrickt, allerdings wird die nicht gefilzt. Bild folgt :-)
Hab eine schöne Vorweihnachtszeit.
Liebe Grüße
Kristin

Leigh said...

Good for you with those Christmas presents. The bag is lovely (I love the color).

Anonymous said...

Hallo Bettina,
interessante Tasche mit Stickerei und Knopf. Ist das eine Metallscheibe, die du als Knopf verwendet hast? Gruß Juliana

Woolly Bits said...

Juliana - es war eine grosse unterlegscheibe, die ich umstickt habe und dann in der mitte ausgewebt, nachdem ich eine art speichenkreuz eingezogen habe - so wie Dorset buttons eben.
Kristin - ich bin gespannt auf das bild:))

Anonymous said...

sehr schöne Tasche, und vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar zum Drachenblut :-)) Ich bin mir sicher, Du könntest das mit Leichtigkeit ebenso.Vielleicht mach ich ja mal ne Harry Potter Serie :-)))Aber dann eher inspiriert durch die versch. Häuser.
Liebe grüße
Karin

Jewel said...

I love your bag, it turned out so nice. Good color also!

Helen said...

I can't help envying the lucky lucky recipient having such a gorgeous hand made present! I think the line of delicate stitching really lifts it the bag

Alice said...

I might have to make one of those, love the shape, color and embroidery.
Alice