Walkers Bag

Walkers Bag.

My friend Elaine, from my quilting group, brought along a neat bag she had used on a recent cruise. The bag was just wide enough to fit  sunglasses inside but it had a zip down the side. This was for another pocket to carry a mobile phone and keys. I really liked the idea of the zip down the side. When I have been creating bags using my artwork, I have found it hard to include a zip opening across the bag without it distracting from the artwork. The zip down the side solves this problem, PLUS it is so ideal for carrying money and phone! I have played around with the size and have made the bag wider so that you can carry a drink bottle in the open pocket of the bag. So, when you go off walking, you put the bag on across your chest, leaving your hands free…..to manage dogs, children cameras etc.

Blue wrens

9″

Blue wrens

With the bags, I have made a patchwork design for one side, and my artwork for the other side. This bag has a screen print of a little drawing of blue wrens perched on a branch of Callistemon (Bottle-brush flowers). The other designs include lino cuts, more screen prints and appliques. The bag measures 15cm x 23cm (6″ x 9″).

Australian flora and fauna

From left to right, the top animal is a squirrel glider,  then an applique of the xanthorrhoea (grass tree), two platypuses and a sulphur-crested cockatoo.

Gum leaf applique

Here again, I have used patchwork squares to complete the design. This patchwork belongs to the grass tree bag directly below.  The patchwork below, which has the warm brown handle and trim, belongs to the gum-leaf applique bag.

Grass tree applique

The bags sell for $24.  If you would like a particular Australian bird, animal or flower,  I am happy to see if I can create a design. Eltham markets are on the third Sunday and Warrandyte is on the first Saturday of the month.

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