I recently chatted with Beth, the force behind Planet Purl, on one of their live chats. As a precursor to the chat, I developed a free pattern for a Mini Bobble Bag. What fun! Take a listen to our CHAT. While we were talking, one of the people listening asked about the first felted bags I ever made and I promised to write a blog entry . . . well, much too late to strike while the iron was hot, here it is.
If you’ve heard me speak or taken a class from me, you might have heard the story of how I fell in love with felted bags. You see, I was never a bag person. Some people drool over bags, skulk through the bag sections of department stores looking for something novel, the slightest persuasion for them to purchase a new one. Not me. I would get some severe looking black bag, as slim as possible, and that is what I would carry every day until it looked terrible. Then I’d move on to the next one.
All this changed one day. I was working in a yarn store and one of the owners came back from the big trade show with a felted bag pattern. She had made one up and felted it before coming to work. There it sat on the counter when I came in to work. I was smitten. Had to make one right away. And another. The first was a tiny bag I carried for a long time with just a wallet (small wallet) and keys in it. Maybe a lipstick.
The second, or was that the first, was a little backpack with a flap that was much too heavy.
The third was supposed to be a large backpack. . . but turned into a very large knitting basket (sorry, I think I gave it away because I don’t have it anymore). And so I was off to the races, making bags all the time. Posing problems for myself: what if I used pink mohair and made red bobbles (pretty cool results as the mohair adds both texture and color complexity). What if I . . . what if I. . .
As you might know, my love affair with the bag, the purse, the tote, the vessel, is far from over.
Just spent two very inspiring days at the Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds where I picked up several NONI patterns to get started on my felting bag journey. When I came home and googled you, imagine my surprise to find that you are based right here in Maryland at Savage Mill (I’m in Glenwood). Do you have any upcoming classes scheduled? I would love to see the entire line in one place for even more inspiration!
Have just received my first Noni patterns (3), bought the only ones they carriy and can’t wait to get started on the felted purses.Just wish there was a store in my area that carries the full line of purse patterns. Have been making felted purses for about 5 years and always on the look out for different ones. Just had a look threw your catalogue and this is the best variety I have come across
Will have to make a trip to the U.S. very soon