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Harris Tweed and waxed cotton project bags - three sizes, made in the UK
These bags were designed to be original and practical. They use a flash of Harris Tweed as an accent on the front and the rest of the material is waxed cotton. This means that you can take your project bag almost anywhere, pop it on the ground and craft away.
The waxed cotton protects whatever it is you are carrying so it really doesn't matter if you place your bag on the floor of the tube, on the grass during a picnic or anywhere else that you wouldn’t normally want to place your project bag.
I am very proud to say that the bags were made in Cheshire, England by my very lovely friend Martine.
Each bag comes in three sizes and has a boxed bottom so that it will sit up properly and act as a bucket bag when filled.
Closures - It has press studs rather than zips so that you can close the bag up and have four separate outlets for different coloured yarns - very handy for colour work! The press studs also mean that you can turn the top of the bag over to make it even sturdier when in use. This allows the bag to act almost like a transportable yarn bowl.
Tweed - The tweed used on all of these bags is from Harris and was handpicked by me when I was on the islands (Harris Tweed can officially be made on Harris and Lewis). I also choose every combination of tweed and cotton too and love creating some striking colour partnerships. The tweed is on the front of the bag only so that you can place your bag down on its side if you want, and not affect the tweed.
Waxed cotton - It's exactly as it sounds - cotton that has been waxed. This means that it will develop with age, and gain lines and creases etc. as leather does. This is normal and part of the intrinsic beauty of waxed cotton. Some of the cotons I am using already have the 'lived in' and others are yet to develop ther patina. This differs from colour to colour, so check the photos.
If you are concerned about the wax affecting your yarn, this isn't something I have had an issue with, but you could simply pop your project and yarn into a resealable plastic bag first.
Handles - Each bag has a D-ring sewn inside, ready to clip a handle onto. Handles are extra (£4.50 each) and can be ordered by clicking here. If you order a handle, it will be sent out in the same waxed cotton colour as the main body of your bag.
Inside - I have deliberately kept these bags simple. The inside is also waxed cotton which helps to make these very sturdy bags. There are no inner pockets.
Suitable for which projects - Take a look at the photos. You will see three pictures with each bag showing how many skeins fit in them. You will also see that the size of the project is less than the number of skeins that can fit inside. At the bottom of each picture I have detailed what size and type of project I think each bag is suitable for. I have also provided a picture of each size with my current WIPs in for reference.
Project Bag Dimensions
Small - 24cm (h) by 25cm (w) and the bottom is boxed out to 18cm x 8cm
Medium - 27cm (h) by 30cm (w) and the bottom is boxed out to 20cm x 12cm
Large - 32cm (h) by 39cm (w) and the bottom is boxed out to 25cm x 13cm
All sizes are approximations and may vary slightly
Product materials, sourcing and PoM Rating
The Harris Tweed is woven on the Isle of Harris in Scotland ( PoM rated). The cotton is grown in Pakistan/India ( PoM rated) and waxed in the UK ( PoM rated). I pass the materials onto Martine who sews them up. She then passes them back to me so that I can add the metal findings and make the corresponding handles. This means that all the actual making up of the bag is done in Cheshire ( PoM rated).
The d-rings are manufactured in France ( PoM rated) and all the other metal findings are manufactured in China ( PoM rated).
Postage and Packaging
The P&P costs applied are very transparent. If I can post an item to your at a better rate when I send it off, you get a partial credit - I think that's the fairest way for both parties to pay the right amount in P&P costs. No additional costs are added on, you simply pay for the cost of packaging and the cost of postage. I don't offer free P&P because what that usually means is that the cost of P&P has been added to the cost of goods. I think it is better to assume that my customers aren't daft and would rather have transparent P&P costs than the pretence of 'Free P&P' with potentially inflated prices on the items that they are buying.