Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Mermaid's Later Bag

The Knitting Mermaid, as she has come to be known in recent years, works much like I do. Design a thing, make it, and then explore a bunch of variations. Hardly ever make the exact same thing twice. This is a fun way to realize the difference that choice of materials makes in a finished product, or experience the effect of a different color.

For example, in the last post were photos of the one of the Mermaid's early bag designs. It was knit of Noro Ganpi Abaka Tape (40% ganpi, 58% rayon and 2% nylon) and Filatura Di Crosa Millefili Fine (100% cotton) and decorated with various glass and enamel beads.

The same pattern was later used by the Mermaid in this bag called "Gold Glitz" which was inspired by some undersea treasure that she had recently seen. It was knit of rayon chainette. The beadwork was of strung and crocheted glass beads and Swarovski crystals which were then handsewn in place.

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