In spite of the bad lighting at the Rhode Island Convention, and perhaps because of the smaller exhibitions of HGA events, I came back quite inspired to get down to work. I had the much-awaited black 16/2 linen spool in hand to finish weaving the napkins on my lunch tote warp, and I got right down to it!
This was really a fun project! Yes, there were comprises. I needed to design a fabric that would be sturdy enough for the exterior of a tote bag, but also be soft enough for a napkin. I thought I had struck a middle range by adding interfacing to the wrong side of the tote bag fabric for a little sturdiness. Well, that worked out quite well…..but the napkin is a bit firmer than I’d like to use myself. Hmmm…. they do say that linen softens over time with repeated washings, and the napkin will get washed a LOT more than the tote bag. I guess that’s what I’ll mention to the recipient. I am pretty certain she’ll like the tote, but maybe not so much the napkin! I now have a set of four napkins myself, and I’m not sure what to do with them!
I promised the 8-shaft group on Facebook that I’d share what the draft for this project was and how the bag was sewn. Here goes!
At the moment, I am writing this while onboard Pandora in Narragansett Bay. To say that there have been distractions does not begin to describe it! First, we are having the mildest summer of my entire life! Beautiful weather greets us everyday with cool breezes and deep blue skies with giant cumulus clouds. Then there are all the beautiful sights along this bay…. I plan to do a post in a few days that will have a smattering of the lovely sights we’ve seen.
I will try to post the actual wif file for the drawdown when I return home in another week, as well as some info on making a tote bag with a flat bottom. Wordpress doesn’t like .wif files!