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Jan in CA
12-07-2005, 04:08 PM
Here's the first side of my tote bag.

Pensguys
12-07-2005, 05:29 PM
PRETTY!!!! Is this the tote bag that you are going to felt per your signature?

NesanelRose
12-07-2005, 05:42 PM
Those colors are awesome, Jan!

rebecca
12-07-2005, 05:42 PM
Loving the color combo :inlove:

Ingrid
12-07-2005, 06:15 PM
Looking good!!

mailgirl
12-07-2005, 07:23 PM
great colors!!!

InterNette
12-07-2005, 08:08 PM
Nice color selection.

Racerkatie
12-07-2005, 09:20 PM
So, Jan ... did you choose the colors or did the yarn come in a kit? (I could never choose such clever colors.) And is this a bag that you sew together once both sides are done? The little hat I just did (which I still have to post a picture of) was hard to sew together after I felted, so I suppose there must be a better way than I used.

Jan in CA
12-07-2005, 09:32 PM
So, Jan ... did you choose the colors or did the yarn come in a kit? (I could never choose such clever colors.) And is this a bag that you sew together once both sides are done? The little hat I just did (which I still have to post a picture of) was hard to sew together after I felted, so I suppose there must be a better way than I used.

I chose the colors myself. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel (http://www.cyber-prof.com/mdia1194/Lesson%203/lesson3-color-wheel.htm) tend to look good together. They don't have to be directly opposite, but you get the idea. The bag is linked in my sig btw.

I am going to mattress stitch the sides and bottom together before I felt it.

PRETTY!!!! Is this the tote bag that you are going to felt per your signature?


Yes it is. Except I changed the colors. ;)

Thanks everyone! I have looked at this long enough I was beginning to wonder if I was on something when I chose the colors, but I do like them, too. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the other side now. NOTE: count your rows of each color on the first side so it's easier when you do the second. I didn't..well I started out doing it, but got sidetracked, and now I have to count and eyeball each row. Getting easier though now I"ve done a few color changes. LOL

Jan in CA
12-07-2005, 09:41 PM
I was looking at color wheels and found this generator that's kind of cool. You can pick one main color and then choose what type of color pattern you want. For this tote I used contrasting colors as it shows.

http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html

Freyja
12-08-2005, 12:57 AM
I love :heart: the colors. I can't wait to see them felted.
Thank you for posting the link to the color generator, I booked it and am ready to try something wild. :lol:

KellyK
12-08-2005, 12:58 AM
Im in awe of your color choices as well! LOVE them!!

itscryttle
12-11-2005, 01:05 AM
Lovely color choices!!! Can't wait to see the finished project!

dustinac
12-11-2005, 10:34 AM
ohh I love the color combos great job!!! :happydance:

wyoknitter
12-13-2005, 06:42 PM
Is it cooked yet??? I'm really excited to see the final project. Great colors !

wewantmore
12-13-2005, 07:14 PM
Lookin' good.

Jan in CA
12-13-2005, 08:44 PM
Is it cooked yet??? I'm really excited to see the final project. Great colors !

Yes, I am sewing the handles on as we speak. I have one piece left and then I'll take a picture.

wyoknitter
12-13-2005, 09:02 PM
waiting with baited breath....or something like that :D

Jan in CA
12-13-2005, 10:37 PM
Here's the finished "tote bag!" It felted pretty small so it's not going to work as a tote after all. I'll just use it as a purse. I wanted to line it and may still do that if I can find the right color. Joanns didn't have what I wanted today. Sewing the straps on was a PITA, but overall the bag was pretty easy. The colors are slightly off..if I can get a better one I'll post it.

Overall, I'm happy with it!

CateKnits
12-13-2005, 10:38 PM
Very nice!
Do you know what the finished size is?

Pensguys
12-13-2005, 10:43 PM
Ooooh, Nice!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

See, that is the size I'm looking for in my tote bag (purse size).....in fact, I ordered the pattern after you suggested it....I don't want a big bag...I have some that I sewed and quilted for that. I want a smaller tote.

You do such great work!

Jan in CA
12-13-2005, 10:46 PM
Very nice!
Do you know what the finished size is?

Thanks! I just measured and if you stretch it out flat it's about 8.5 in wide and about 9 in tall if you measure to the "fold" part.

Here's the deal I forgot to mention and I can hear Ingrid's "trust the pattern" in the back of my mind.. When I started it seemed WAY too big so I shorted the width by 20 stitches and the height by oh I don't know how many, maybe 10 rows, but apparently it was fine for the width. So had I "trusted the pattern" I would have my tote. :roflhard:

Jan in CA
12-13-2005, 10:47 PM
Ooooh, Nice!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

See, that is the size I'm looking for in my tote bag (purse size).....in fact, I ordered the pattern after you suggested it....I don't want a big bag...I have some that I sewed and quilted for that. I want a smaller tote.

You do such great work!

Why thank you! :shock: What do you mean you ordered it..I got it out of a magazine...? It's actually okay I guess for a very small project..like a dishcloth, but it's better for a purse.

Pensguys
12-13-2005, 10:53 PM
Oops! :oops:

I was thinking this was the Oregon Tote! They look very similar.

vcuchica931
12-13-2005, 11:19 PM
That looks very very nice!

Do you think you're going to make another one in different colors, but trust the pattern the second time around? ;)

Jan in CA
12-14-2005, 12:01 AM
That looks very very nice!

Do you think you're going to make another one in different colors, but trust the pattern the second time around? ;)

Heh! Yeah, I think I probably will eventually. Thanks!

KellyK
12-14-2005, 12:30 AM
JAN....ITS GORGEOUS!!!! :inlove:

Rennagayle
12-14-2005, 01:19 AM
It is just darling! I wasn't crazy about the color combination in the unfelted picture, but now I see that they look fantastic. You did a great job! :cheering:

InterNette
12-14-2005, 01:39 AM
I really like the handles, very nice touch

dustinac
12-14-2005, 09:56 AM
:happydance: Great Job I love the colors!!! :thumbsup:

wyoknitter
12-14-2005, 10:01 AM
I think it's lovely....a terrific bag :D

Amber
12-14-2005, 11:50 AM
Wow! That looks amazing. I love, love, love, the colors!!

kemp
12-14-2005, 12:01 PM
Love it! :heart: :heart: :heart:

tigger0229
12-14-2005, 12:07 PM
wow, jan that is gorgeous!

Silver
12-14-2005, 02:02 PM
That turned out great! Perfect shaping, wow!! :cheering:

Stitch
12-14-2005, 02:26 PM
that looks AWESOME!

Jan in CA
12-14-2005, 02:50 PM
Wow..thanks everyone! I'm working on some dishcloths for Christmas now, but am looking for something new to do, too. I have a thread in the pattern forum about looking for a purse pattern if you know of any.

DotMom61
12-14-2005, 03:02 PM
Jan --

It's obvious that you have an artist's eye ... just beautiful color choices. I really like the way the handles attach. They almost look like they have leaves on the ends of them.