I blogged recently about my new bag design - I've been brewing it for ages but only recently got around to making the prototype. I wasn't entirely happy with the shape and made another but I'm still not happy with it. They are lightly padded and machine embroidered and have small pockets inside. The felt is made with my embellisher using merino wool and some raw silk, then machine embroidered. Each has a hidden magnetic catch at the top of the bag just beneath the handles.
Here is the original prototype
I decided that this one was too long and narrow, and the felt handles were too soft, so here is number two
I like this one better but it still isn't how I visualised it originally. I feel the handles are too big in proportion to the bag. I have also decided I would prefer the bag wider than it is high. I'm planning to try a different, curved shape, with curved shaped handles.
In the meantime I can't decide whether or not to put these up for sale. I love the fabrics, linen with lovely silk fabrics for the linings and I'm quite happy with the felt I made. They just aren't quite what I planned. I'd appreciate some honest feedback.