Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by :)
First of all, I want to thank all of you who left such heartwarming comments on my ‘without further ado‘-post from last week. It really means a lot to me and I love you for giving me such a warm welcome back ♥
I’m in love! These bags are so wonderfully deliciously groovy! Now coincidence has it that I was just in the market for a market bag (ha ha) and I found these beach bags to be very inspiring. Now I wouldn’t be a creative being if I didn’t come up with something like this myself, and I did!
I browsed through Ravelry to find a cool market slouch pattern that would fit my needs, and found it in this pattern: Super Self Pouching String Bag
I modified the pattern a bit: I didn’t create the double bottom because it wouldn’t be convenient with all the embellishing I was planning on doing.
The crochet-part of this bag went superfast. Before I knew it, I went through the entire skein of yarn pictured above :S Because I was planning on dip dyeing this bag to give it an ombre effect, I decided to continue in white yarn (the original yarn was a very light rose peach color) to add to the effect.
And it turned out great! :)
So then came the fun of dip-dyeing. I used Dylon fabric dye, diluted in hot water with some salt.
I used a plastic bin to put the dye in, and soaked it like this:
Looks disgusting right? I had never done this before, so you can imagine my excitement when it came out looking like this:
Perfect! :D As you can see I used two different colors to dye with: a dark rose and a purple one. I started out with the dark rose and submerged the bag about halfway. After it reached the color I desired, I spiced up the dye a little by throwing in some purple, and then dip dyed the very bottom of the bag.
Result: the perfect ombre effect ♥
After the bag had dried, I started embellishing. In my opinion, almost more fun to do than dip dyeing ;) I had a lot of options laid out on my craft desk; pearls, sequins, beads, lace, tiny roses and other cutesy stuff. I ended up using 2 different kinds of sequin, pearls and studs, and I made some pompoms.
And this is the result!
(there was gorgeous light in my office space tonight, but just as I snapped this picture the batteries died :( all the following pics are less impressing because it got a lot darker once I recharged the batteries)
I hand sewed on these pretty transparent sequins that show all colors of the rainbow when there’s light on them ♥
I made some pompoms as decoration. Originally I intended to make a bunch of white ones and toss them in with the dye, but – I forgot. And of course, I didn’t remember until right after I emptied the dye bin… Oh well. These are pretty, too :)
Yes, I had more awesome sequins in my stash! These are pink orangey flower sequins, and also reflect the light in the most beautiful colors.
Also found some pearl beads that I got gifted from my sister – they add a very posh look don’t cha think?
And last but not least, I added some studs! With pink gems, of course.
There you have it: my way-too-posh-for-market-produce market produce bag! :)
I can’t wait to take it out to the market next weekend. If this won’t make my veggies & fruit feel fabulous, I don’t know what will!