Thursday, November 22, 2007

Anticraft Project Three

I was really excited that a crochet project of mine was included in the Anticraft  book.  I designed this lined crochet tote bag so it would be a canvas on which you could add your own personalized design.  I submitted two designs for the book.

The "I [Skull] Trouble Tote" is actually mentioned in the promotional blurb, which totally set me on fire when I noticed.  I included a chart for the whole alphabet with this design so that the saying could be personalized,  Everyone has something important to say on their tote, right? :)

The second design is the Apothecary Tote.  I was inspired by Victorian apothecary medicine bottles.  When I was adding this design to the tote using my graph paper chart, I miscounted the spaces and had to redo it 4 or 5 times.  It was driving me nuts!  But I really loved how it turned out.

While writing up the crochet instructions for the tote, I realized how hard it is to actually explain in words how I do the seamless crochet technique.  Supplementing this pattern is a lot of the reason I put my seamless crochet tutorial on the web.

I also plan on posting a tutorial showing how I hand sew my linings into my crochet bags.  Several people have asked about it, and it would be a good supplement for the book, as well.

I'm compelled to write tutorials because I HATE it when I get the instructions for a project and they blithely say things like "sew the lining into the tote."  HOW?!  It seriously drives me nuts when they give no hint or clue about the techniques they actually used to do it.  I don't want to be a part of THAT problem. :)
11 Comments (comments are disabled)

LeeAnn said ...
All your anti-craft project turned out so nice. You really have some great creative juices! Have a happy Thanksgiving! Gotta go check on the bird in the oven....
11/22/2007 1:19 PM

Marietta said ...
I really like the anti craft projects that you created - classy and dark. Chicken with the eye is brilliant!!!
11/22/2007 2:50 PM

Kim said ...
Man. I come over here and am bombarded with more inspiration than I can handle. You and Green Kitchen make my head spin with your creativity.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving. Thank you for your wonderful posts!
11/22/2007 3:15 PM

Anonymous said ...
I love your work, your bags are stellar. Keep it up and congratulations for being "blurbed"!! :)

(eagerly anticipating your lining-sewing tutorial as that stumps me a bit, at this point in my crochet "career")

11/22/2007 7:25 PM

Blaize said ...
It's easy. Sew the lining into the tote WITH YOUR MIND. Obvious, now that you see it written down in my detailed tutorial, no?

Also, my word verification today for this comment is "lxarimoc," which reminds me of both the word "lachrymose" and the brand name for some kind of as-yet-not-invented drug. A drug to prevent crying, I would imagine.
11/22/2007 10:34 PM

Angelina said ...
I love both those totes, I'm not sure which I love more.

Instructions are so important. I made a bag from a small design company that had the most undetailed instructions ever and even though I'm very experienced, I had to futz around with it a lot before I understood what their method was. It makes sewing unpleasant.
11/23/2007 1:09 PM

nyjlm said ...
congratulations on the projects in the book- they're all great!
11/24/2007 11:07 AM

Fliss said ...
Oh I LOVE your patterns! Indeed, I've bookmarked the relevant Amazon page and the book is now no. 1 on my Christmas list! I do hope that they get copies to the UK in time :)
11/26/2007 4:17 AM

Love, Love, Love the poison handbag! Too cool.

A tutorial for hand sewn lining in a crocheted bag would be great. I have been struggling with that lately.
11/26/2007 8:51 AM

Regina said ...
These are awesome bags!!!
11/27/2007 9:04 PM
Ariana said ...
Ooh! I'm so excited! I love your linings and you're so right about the tutorials out there being super cryptic. A preemptive thanks! >_<
11/28/2007 8:16 PM