I am so excited about being able to offer the Starling Handbag in French and German. The translations were done by two amazing people, Ambre and Laura, who volunteered their skills. I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page
and my free downloads page
to include the new versions.
This is actually part of a bigger project. I completely redesigned and recoded my free downloads page. The updated look and feel is accompanied by a completely new delivery engine that should eliminate the problems some people had trying to get my downloads.
I figured if I was going to release the writstlet pattern soon, I had to update that page to work for everyone or I would drown under the "I can't get the pdf" emails once it's out. :)
Now that I'm done with the Fennec Fox, I've picked my new featured craft project, Perrin's Starling Handbag. I got to know Perrin through my site. Instantly, I could tell she was the kind of direct, open, and passionate person that I get along with. I just love Perrin. :)
Episode 3 covers the bottom row3 and beyond of the Starling Handbag. Be thankful I hadn't lined up any jokes for this one. ;)
... and knows how to crochet? I have a sweet reader that has a question about the Starling Handbag pattern. Let me know if you can help. :)
I'm so excited that you are so excited about the pattern! I have 114 un-replied-to comments waiting patiently in my inbox. I have the best of intentions to reply to them ... although I'm not sure I'll get to it soon. You guys have the best ideas and the best suggestions!
The response has been overwhelming. I'll be starting with the handbag pattern. I've already started on the pattern testing, as some details need to be worked out before I can start writing the pattern. One of those details is the name of the handbag.
What should I name the handbag pattern?
In the space between putting on my shoes and leaving to see a movie this flower
got attached to this bag.
In the last day or so I stumbled across a blog post where the person was talking about quilting. Instead of back tacking, she pulls the loose thread ends through to hide them. I tried to find the post, but it's not in my Bloglines archive - any of you know who it was? I'd love to link to the post. **Edit: Alex is right, it was Pink Chalk Studio
My reaction was, "WHAT?!?" The "what" was half "why didn't I already know about this?" and half "OMG! I wish I'd never learned about this." I realized right away that there were going to be countless instances when I would *have* to pull my thread end through because back tacking would no longer be OK.
Today I'm working on a purse, and I was back tacking the day away *until* I got to the label. This is the first time I've ever pulled my thread ends through. This is what I did:
1) Leave long thread ends at the start and end of each stitching line.
2) Thread a needle with a thread end on the front of the piece and pull it to the back of the piece.
3) Hand-tie the front and back thread ends on the back of the piece. Trim.
Below you can see the (terrible) before and after photos of the corner of a label with back tacking and today's hand-tied label. It makes a *huge* difference. The "before" isn't that bad, but it's not as clean and smart looking as the "after" label.
The tiny bird bag is all grown up. I've been crocheting up a storm. The large bag is 13" across at the top, 7.5" high to the bottom of the handles, and 3.5" deep across the flat bottom. The medium bag is 11.5" across at the top, 6" high to the bottom of the handles, and 3" deep across the flat bottom. I'm working on a small version right now. They'll be like a set of Russian nesting dolls.