Saturday, April 01, 2006

Floppy But Finished

Via Diagonale
Originally uploaded by littlekidd.
'Nuff said. If any of you experts out there (Nat... help!) Have suggestions for shoring up the top of this bag, please let me know. I don't sew with a machine, and I'm too lazy to line it (though I did cover a doubled-over Fedex box with bag liner fabric and tack it to the bottom. Somebody suggested "boning," but I can't find it anywhere. Does it go by a different name (something similar to the underwire in a bra?)



Anonymous JV said...

Uhhh....I think there are some websites that cover "boning" techniques in detail. I mean, that's what I heard once. At a knitting conference. In Canada.

4:02 PM  
Blogger nat said...

I'm definitely not the bag expert--having mostly avoided knitted bags and their close cousin: the knit bathing suit (which is also prone to the flop factor!) In this case, the floppiness may be mostly due to the yarn used (cotton) and the needle size. The most successful knitted/crocheted bags seem to be made on very small needles using a "close" stitch (such as tunisian crochet) and are often made of a linen or hemp type yarn--which has greater inherent stiffness. The exception are the knit/felted bags--but those are then "shrunk" so that the knitting is tighter.
However: your bag is lovely, even if a little floppy!
I'm afraid lining would be the best solution but barring that...perhaps a gorgeous button with an I-Cord closure? Or--if all else fails--fill it with something that has a little body and turn it into an item of home decor!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Thanks, Nat! Yeh... I was afraid you were going to say that. maybe a little upholstery fabric on the inside would help. I was aprehensive about the yarn before I even started, but at the time there wasn't anything at the shop that qualified as stiff enough. I'm going to recommend Elsebeth Lavold's "Hempathy" doubled if I get anybody to sign up for this class.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Maybe tacking the bag to plastic needlepoint canvas would work. Cut the plastic to size, round off the corners, whipstitch the sides, then place inside the bag and tack.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Dharmafey said...

Boning is the stuff that makes corsets stiff enough to cinch you in. It's found in the notions section in sewing stores, by the yard. It'd work, but it still involves some sewing!

5:34 PM  

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