As I’m sure you are aware by now, I love to challenge myself with my crochet and knit projects. I like to always be learning new things, trying different things and pushing myself to try harder things so I can grow and learn as a fibre artist. A while ago, I came across LillaBjorn’s Crochet. She has explored the world of overlay crochet – a term that was then unfamiliar to me. As you can see from the picture above, her designs have a lot of crochet that works back over what you have already done, creating a textured, 3d look with intricate detail. I loved it and have tried a small square that she has designed but when I saw this CAL for a bag (http://www.lillabjorncrochet.com/2016/08/peacock-tail-bag-cal-general-information.html), I knew I was going to make it! As I explained in a previous post the colours didn’t catch my eye, so I sat back and waited for awhile to see what colour combinations other people would come up with. When I saw these colours, I was sold!
It is an intricate and tricky design to follow and quite fiddly as you basically have to finish off each row and start again at the beginning for the next one. This, of course, means lots of ends to weave in. But, as I’ve learned over time, I try and weave them in as I go and then it is not an insurmountable task when I am finished! It was totally worth it though – I love the end result! It’s colourful and clever and interesting to look at.
I actually also went to the trouble of lining this bag. The instructions for the CAL include this part of the project. I’m not a huge sewer. I can do it if I put my mind to it but I’m certainly no seamstress but I was so happy with how this turned out! I even added a zip and it works! The final part was getting a strap for it. To be honest, we can buy handbag straps here, but they are very expensive and there is not a lot of choice in either style or colour. So, I went to my friend the internet and ordered a red strap to pick up on one of the colours in the bag. It was an anxious wait – as you know, colours can appear very different on screen to what they are in real life and red can be a tricky colour to match – it’s easy to get it a different shade and then it looks all wrong. But this time, I got it right. I was thrilled with the colour match when it arrived and it just finishes off the bag! I love how this bag looks and writing this post has reminded me that I need to use it! I think I spend all this time making things and then I don’t want to use them and get them dirty or ruined! However, then what would I be making them for??