Wednesday, January 03, 2007

INSPIRATION : The Crafter´s Companion

Erich bought me this book a while ago after I´d seen the list of contributers and wouldn´t stop raving about it. I was so excited when it arrived and read it from cover to cover within a few days, it was even better than I expected and I recommend it to anyone interested in people and crafts. It´s full of inspiring tales, workspaces and projects - new ideas and viewpoints aswell as a lot that I can relate to. I´m going to make everything in the book, with my own personal touch - here´s the first project completed...This Zakka-Style Pouch (below) was inspired by Alison Brookbanks, an architect from Sydney whose blog is called sixandahalfstitches and whose pages in the book are so beautifully written.
I knitted the grey fabric from Australian sheep´s wool I received from my mother and felted it myself following Alison´s instructions.The bottom and the ribbon are crocheted and I lined the bag to give it extra strength. The drawstring ribbon is sewn onto the base of the bag so I can wear it as a backpack or throw it over my shoulder and it´s big enough to hold my knitting, a book, a pencil case and a journal aswell as my ipod, wallet and phone. Thankyou Alison, I really enjoyed making this!

6 comments:

Kelli said...

I am really enjoying that book too! Your bag came out lovely.

jorth said...

The bag is ace!

Jamie said...

Oh, wow that is so beautiful and so personal! I'm thoroughly impressed! And it's wonderful that you're so inspired :)

Amy said...

Everything! You are ambitious. That sounds like a really fun project. Luckily for you you can knit and sew so you can make this one! Its really nice.

Jill said...

This is gorgeous, you are so clever! Thanks for checking in on me and my blog :)

Jennifer said...

Wow - this looks great! I'm going to make all of the projects as well (I started with the pillowcase apron). Can't wait to see your intrepations of these awesome projects!