CLICK HERE for the PDF, and print out a full sized copy to use. Directions are included for putting the bag together. I will also be sharing my process of creating the bag here on my blog in this 3 part series.
This design would also be wonderful as a wool appliqued bag, however I will not be giving instructions on that process. If you are interested in wool applique, take a look online for tutorials.
Today I will show you the first steps in hooking the bag. There is one crucial step to complete before beginning to hook.
Machine sew a 5/8” strip of wool along the outer edge-line of the bag pattern. You can tear a long strip instead of hand cutting. You may use a bit wider of a strip if you prefer. If the strip is too wide, it becomes cumbersome to hook near the curves and the corners. Center the strip on top of the outer edge-line and sew in place; over lap the ends of the strip when you finish. If your piece is not long enough, simply overlap more pieces until you cover the perimeter. As you hook, hook right up to this wool outlining strip. This will make it easier to sew the bag together.
This is where the color play happens, so I want to get this right. This is also where the contrast has to happen, or else object will not stand out against background. I chose one of my favorite combinations, pink and brown. I love the way these two colors look in antique quilts. And I know that the bag will look good with the colors that I like to wear. Pink is a light value, so it will stand out against the deep value of brown.
Hooking this little area doesn’t take very long, which is exciting since that means I might be able to complete the bag in one day. I love that! Notice that I use many different browns for the background. And not only solid colors, but also textures and plaids.
The flower also get several pinks, along with some other colors in the center. I decide not to go with green for the stem and leaves, but stay with other medium to light neutral colors.
Next post on Wednesday, I will talk about hooking the hit-or-miss part, and maybe get to some of the sewing. I hope that this will give you some time to catch up with me.
Enjoy hooking, Karen