Friday, November 17, 2006

One Hell of a Tote Bag

...or the tote bag from hell, which is how I referred to it while working on the design.



I have to admit though, despite my pain, it turned out quite nice.

This is my first collaborative design effort. Bri worked up the concept drawing(s), which were subsequently sent off to Interweave.



Upon their acceptance of our design, we bought tons of this stuff and I got started on the crochet portion of the program, which included lots of acts of frogging, I might add, mostly due to the material I believe. What can I say? I like yarn folks. Alternative fibers are cool, but if you want to know the truth, I can take 'em or leave 'em.

At any rate, I think it looks perty in all of it's plastic-y ribbon-y glory.

Here's a detail shot of the apple pocket:



This lovely tote pattern will be available on your local bookseller's shelves sometime in '07. I'll update you when I have more info.

Please note that the Dem Bones Scarf Pattern is now available on my sidebar for purchase! Thanks for your patience!

I'm pattern-testing Turkeyzilla The Tote Bag right now. That pattern will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Have a great weekend everyone! Toodles!

Copyright 2006 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

23 comments:

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

It's gorgeous, but that stuff looks like a beeeyatch to work with!! It doesn't break easily??

Good for Bri - finally pulling her weight instead of just standing around, looking purty!

ladylinoleum said...

It didn't break so much as split and shred. Lovely.

Amanda Button said...

i REALLY have to learn to crochet, because your patterns beacon to me so temptingly....i suck at knitting, i always figured i's suck even WORSE at crochet!!!!

The tote is so cute! Love the shape of it, and the cute apple! Ican just see it with a worm change purse! LOL!

Deneen said...

Cool bag and neat use for the (w)raffia. I don't even wanna know how many spools that used, but as usual, an awesome finished item. That would be perfect to make for those teacher's on the gift list and I am sure the bag is strong as hell.

Anonymous said...

It looks great! I would imagine that stuff would be hard to work with though, and hard on your hands and fingers. The finished product is beautiful!

christianne said...

Bri helped you come up with an APPLE design? Oh, naw.... ;)

Its adorable.

The Fluffy Ewe said...

Very cute bag!! I think Amanda is on to something with the worm change purse. :)

Anonymous said...

Great bag! I tried to crochet with the plastic grocery bags so I can just imagine this was not much fun. I agree that it is probably a very strong bag.

Fiber Deviant said...

wow... this is very cool... y'all did a great job on this.

(i gotta say i like the worm change purse idea!)

Starfish said...

I was a little confused seeing as there were no body parts or meat products involved, but it is quite nice!

Anonymous said...

That tote turned out fantastic!! Another great Piece from the Lady L!!

susan said...

i like this vegan approach to tote bags! ;-)
but wouldn't a grill mix looks superb too holding all that grocery goodness inside?
it is lovely LL, in everyway - you just bring out the silly in me!

Carol said...

That's one nice bag! Awesome work! Look forward to 07!

Andy's Crafts said...

Great Look Regina, Love it! Itis fantabulous!!!!

Jennifer said...

I remember trying to knit a bag with raffia... it hurt my hands like crazy to work with. Turkeyzilla! I eagerly await you! Will you include the pattern for the drumstick change purse too? Either way, I can't wait!

MomThatsNuts said...

HEY REG.....how the heck are ya?? Im working on an afghan for my mom, cute tote though. I wish I had HALF your talent...(and HALF my ass, but thats another story) Just popped in to check on you!!

Mom

Pink said...

I love that tote...the apple makes it perfect for a teacher tote!

Anonymous said...

It IS cute...

just stoped by to say hi...so...

hi..

Brown Pants said...

Wow, that is and interesting fibre! it's got a great effect, LOVE the apple. Clever you :)

SheCrochets said...

You both are so creative! As usual, I am very impressed!

Vik said...

I love this tote bag! Congratulation for your design!
The frogging was worth it!

rupr said...

Super!

Micky said...

Ooh I have been waiting for Turkeyzilla for a long time. It will be well worth the wait I am sure.
I started my wearable web last night. It's very soothing to work up. Mine will be pink however. I needed to be relaxed and that's the first thing to pop in my head to work on. And I just didn't want to wait to get any othe color. I'll let you know when I post pics.
:)