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Saturday, 14 May 2011

New Bag Designs - Disappointed!

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.

5 comments:

Best Wishes Cards said...

I love the fabrics and colours and overall design, but I think I agree with you a curved shape might work better - would also reflect the curves of the leaves in the fabric. Look forward to seeing the next ones!
Frances x

Elaine, Ellie's Treasures said...

Yes I agree with you about the overall shape, I think your idea of a rounder design would work well with the size of the handles. Style two looks much better than your first one. The felt looks gorgeous on both - what a lot of work you've put in to them.

Elaine x

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous colour schemes. I totally agree with both above. The handle size in two is great, but the bag size needs to be bigger also. It is so difficult isn't it when trying out something different. Hope our comments are of some use to you

xx

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Just the handles look a bit wrong really, the bag part is really lovely. Do the handles have to be separate from the bag, could they be cut into the fabric of the bag, I am making any sense!? xxxxx

averilpam said...

thanks for all the suggestions, really helpful. I will have another go at some point!

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