Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Recycled Herringbone Bag

herringbone bag

Remember pay it forward? My final project did get finished... and when I was mentioning to someone today how it seems to take forever for me to sew a bag with a lining, the herringbone bag (and its sad blog neglect) came to mind.

Last fall I found an enormous men's blazer at the thrift shop that had clearly seen better days... and yet the honest, woolly earthiness of the colors won me over. It had a brown with the deep reddish tint of good farmland soil and a nice solid grey. And really, what's not to like about herringbone? It took me ages to construct the bag because the deconstruction of the jacket provided oddly shaped pieces of fabric and I wanted something that reused some of the original details intact. Ultimately the plan for a fold-over flap was scrapped (too hard to line, and obscured the pockets) and a slim book bag was born.

herringbone bag

My desire for a fusion of very modern lines and classic fabric was somewhat obscured by my amateur sewing skills. I was completely unable to to top stitch evenly around the top of the bag and handle (my usual trick) so some painful hours were spent hand stitching the lining and bag together. Oh, and there was interfacing and boning and a magnetic snap closure or two...
How people crank out heavy duty bags is a bit of a mystery to me.

herringbone bag

When I was done I almost couldn't part with it...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bring The Garden Inside...

my herb garden

Parsley on potatoes. Chopped oregano on fettuccine alfredo. Chives and mint with Asian summer salad. Basil and tomatoes. I love it that summer dishes can be so flavorful and simple. If you have access to fresh herbs (farmers' market anyone?) may I recommend two of my new finds this summer: Chilled Golden Tomato Bisque and Summer Noodle Salad? In each of these the fresh herbs are the finishing touch that brings everything together.

Aside from the cooking, there has been much traveling and some preparation for a new job... so I'm sorry if it has been quiet around here. I'm planning on participating in the up coming Ravelymics, and I'm looking forward to getting back to my knitting.