Noro Wadaiko and some Custom Woolen Mills 2 ply in the most incredible turquoise.
Well, they were knit up and they were felted. And that was the last you have heard of them. I have been thinking of them for a while now.
The bag felted much much shorter than I expected, leaving it looking a little wide and shallow, but still very workable.
My first design element was to pop some grommets into the sides. I have no idea why, but I think it had to do with liking the way the silver and the turquoise look together. They might have a function and they might just be there for looks. I'll know that once I get a little farther into the finishing.
My plan for the handle is for a braided handle where one of the strands was a silver chain and the other two were the same fabric as the bag istself. The chain's job is to carry the weight of the bag and to give it just a little bit of flash. They will be attached to the bag with some D rings of silver metal that I have around here somewhere. If that doesn't work, then I will have to find a turquoise leather handle. They can be had, but I really wanted this to be an in house project.
I am going to put a zipper in the top. I can't stand big bags that don't have some way to keep everything inside securely. A zipper will also help pull my somewhat wide bag a little narrower. I'm not sure how much I can do, but I know that the stability a zipper will give is something I will appreciate.
It needs a good lining. With a lining, I can create some pockets for small stuff and I can tuck the zipper in much more professionally.
Tomorrow's chore for the bag and I, is to search for it. I'm kind of looking forward to it. I hope to find something that echos the Wadaiko colours. Something sturdy and funky, but conservative, middle aged funky (Is there such a thing?), not teenage funky. Grownup funky. Well you will see. If I can't find it, I'm leaning towards granny smith apple green.
Its kind of fun playing with this. I haven't done a bag before and I can't wait to carry this eye popping summery thing around with me.