The structure of a bag is it’s character, it will dictate it’s usefulness.
Weekly photo challenge This is my first contribution to the weekly challenge.
I love making bags, so I have put together bags I have made using Japanese mesh weaving as a feature.
in 2016 I joined U-Handbags, an online group to join, and in return get a bag pattern each month. Such wonderful patterns and so well presented.
As I was going to travel, I made The Epithany by Chris W Designs, to take with me.
It is so roomy and easily accomodates my iPad along with all the other must haves that one carries. I have a cross body strap which leaves me hands free if needed. I used a wool blend with a contrast cotton fabric. As I am writing this during my journey, I can give it a thumbs up.
While visiting my family in Manila, I was given a bag made from newspapers. The gift came from a gentleman who had offices in the same building as my son. He knew that I was involved with Berdabags, and as he supported the village using newspapers, he gave me a bag. I love using it.
These bags are so strong, which is surprising. The newspaper is used in many different ways. Sometimes folded flat, sometimes rolled, sometimes rolled and twisted, the ideas are endless. Not sure how or what is used, but the bags are waterproofed. It certainly wouldn’t do in the Philippines to be out and about with a bag that wasn’t waterproof. When it rains it pelts down.
I have also watched a group of high school students, making photo frames from newspapers. They roll the paper very tightly, and use the colours in the paper as part of the overall effect.
Now you know I have a chef in my kitchen!
I learned the art of Mesh weaving and was hooked. In 2005, I had a trip to Singapore, to watch Jamie and Meg run a marathon. They are familiar with the city, and took me to a fantastic Japanese bookshop, where I discovered books with Mesh weaving. I came away with four books on bag making. Two were completely on using mesh weaving. With no Japanese I have to follow the pictures and diagrams, which are pretty good. These books are a great resource.
l have been able to make samples and write my own directions.
The next step was to use my Mesh weaving to enhance bags. A very ordinary pattern looks great with the added Mesh weaving. I love doing this and have made bags for family and friends.
I moved to a small retirement village, where I had a neighbour who used a walker. I decided to make her a bag that could hang on the front of the walker, that she could use instead of a handbag. She often used the bus and it was easier for her getting on and off the bus if she didn’t have to juggle a handbag too. It was very successful. Then of course she was asked where she got it. I started making them seriously. They have been very popular. I am still making bags for walkers but now vary the fabrics I use.
This is a recent bag where I have used a wool blend for the main body. It adds weight but as the bag is not carried, that doesn’t matter.