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Noni's knitted and felted Clematis Shopping Bag
is the perfect tote for any shopping trip, for toting groceries, or as a
picnic/lunch tote for the individual or the whole family. The large
shopping bag and small lunch tote can be made striped and adorned with the
Clematis flower for an eminently feminine look, or try rugby stripes or solids
(without flower) for a great-looking but entirely unisex and utilitarian set of
bags perfect for groceries, picking up items at the mall, or used for a family
picnic or as individual lunch tote.
Felted bags are particularly well-suited as totes for
groceries and picnics because they are naturally insulated, don't lose their
shape or their immense carrying capabilities when wet, and withstand even harsh
treatment, all the while looking fantastic.
This Clematis flower evolved out of a Spring Noni/Knitch
Retreat in Atlanta, GA in 2008. The intense weekend workshop was called
Designing with Flowers and the group chose the Clematis flower to design.
Cover Samples: Pictured bags were produced with Plymouth
Galway (100% worsted weight wool, 210 yds/50 gms). Front cover: The large bag
was made with colors 146 Celery and 176 Endive. The small shopping bag/lunch
tote was made with 147 Neon Yellow and 179 Lemon Zest. Try solids without the
flower for more unisex version of this tote.
Pictured flowers were produced with Plymouth Galway, col 145
Happy Green for vine and stem and col 153 Iris for the single color flowers.
Bi-color flowers made with 89 Lavender with 153 Iris center stripes.
Suggested fine worsted weight wool & alpaca yarns. Please
check your unfelted and felted gauges by swatching and felting a fair-sized
- Galway by Plymouth (100% wool, 210 yds/ball).
- Riverstone by Louet (100% wool, 193 yds/sk).
- Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mill (100% Merino,
- Tilli Tomas's Flurries in Plum, Ruby Wine, or Natural for
the Clematis flowers that sparkle (100% Merino, 70 yds/sk).
- Allergies? Try felting Alpaca: Tree Frog Yarns' Alpaca,
Blue Sky Alpaca, Misti Alpaca, and Plymouth Baby Alpaca all come in worsted