Thursday, May 07, 2009

Guild Challenge Met

All the bits and pieces I've shown over the past week are now assembled into something useful and worthwhile. A project tote, or perhaps a bag for yarn stash. It's 10" high, not including the handles, and a little over 24" around, about an 8" diameter.

  • I took the handwoven fabric from the mystery bag given out by the guild for the year end challenge
  • embellished it with embroidery
  • crocheted over the wonky selvedges
  • cut off the portion with the threading mistakes
  • crocheted a circular bottom piece
  • constructed a plastic canvas support
  • used an inkle loom to weave bands for the handles
  • sewed a lining (no raw seam edges anywhere) with a channel for a pull cord closure
  • made a coordinating Kumihimo drawstring
  • added a cord lock to gather and close the lining.

I left the fuzzy fringe end of the original weaving because I felt it added texture and interest to the bag.

All and all a very successful project, I think! I'll be proud to hand it in at the year end potluck.

17 comments:

June said...

That is terrific! Really enjoyed watching the project evolve and am super-impressed by your creativity. You should definitely be proud.

kristo said...

It turned out awesome! Good Job!!!

Caroline M said...

You are a very clever lady. It looks really good now, it's a lovely idea and very well presented.

Michelle said...

Oh wow! You are truly the most creative person I know. Super job!

Hoc Age said...

I'm very impressed.
You made a "silk purse out of a sow's ear".

Callie said...

Wow Auntie Marlene!! You are so creative! It's awesome!

Dave said...

Very cool! It was fun to watch it come together, and interesting to see how you solved each of your difficulties. Great series!

Dorothy said...

I'm ashamed to admit I wasn't so sure you could pull this one off. The little tote is fabulous and I enjoyed watching the process!

CTJen said...

Wow! Whoever ends up with that bag is SO lucky. Nice job. :-)

dragon knitter said...

is your guild taking internet bids,lol?

Marlene said...

If I was offered enough Minnie, I would talk to the guild about it at least. ;-)

Marlene said...

Thanks for the compliments and comments everyone. I'm glad that you all like it as much as I do.

Marlene said...

Your doubts are nothing to be ashamed of Dorothy. I was a little skeptical myself when I first pulled the scrap of flawed weaving from the mystery bag. Sometimes my best creative ideas are birthed from my most difficult challenges.

Monika said...

What a great project! It's lovely!

AlisonH said...

Beautiful!

Maggie Ann said...

Fantastic!

Angelika said...

That bag turend out awesome.