Bags of all shapes and sizes


You might remember I did a lot of crocheting during our Australian winter. It's time now to show you some of the bags I made.  I had in mind, of course, that I had been asked to teach beginner's Crochet at the Creative Craft Retreat at the end of October. 

It's always tricky catering for different ladies - some will want to do craft for every waking moment; others will enjoy having time to relax with no children, no cooking, no cleaning and just work during the lessons. I decided I would teach Granny Squares as they are a great way to learn basic crochet techniques.  Then I set myself the challenge of making a bag with as few as possible, so that even if ladies only make three squares  in the weekend, they can still take home a finished bag.  Here is a three square bag - I worked a couple of extra rows on each square so that the bag was a reasonable size:


Then I tried a five square design:


This one is eight squares:


I rather like this ten square one:


The twelve-square bag came out an interesting shape:


Then I made a few 13 square bags.  They are a really practical tote size and the colours were fun to put together:






If you live in South East Queensland and want a fabulous weekend away, I highly recommend the Craft Retreat.  It is very reasonably priced, has great teachers (I have to say that seeing I am one!!!! - but the others are really experienced and wonderful teachers) and some fantastic crafts to learn ... or just come along and do your own thing.

I managed to get some projects finished this week.  Hurrah!!!  It seems ages since I actually finished any of my designs. There's nothing like a deadline to get some action!  Here's a little sneak peak:


And I even got round to putting a couple more patterns on my website.  The Garden Bows Cushion


can be found here for only $5.


With Sugar and Cream Table Topper is available here. 

Hope you have a great week.

Regards
Val

7 comments:

simplestitches said...

love the bags especially the 13 and 10 square ones...cool shapes!
your sneak peek looks lovely....

quilterliz said...

G'day Val. The bags are just lovely. Do you put a lining in them or are they finished as they are? I love the table topper. Great colors. Take care. Liz...

Marsha said...

The bags are beautiful! I really like the 13 square one, it is a great shape. As always, your patterns are wonderful, too. Enjoy the retreat, sounds like lots of fun.

Allie said...

Oh my gosh those little purses are too darling!! I thought I'd gotten my fill of granny squares, my mother made me too many hideous vests when I was in junior high school - but I really love these! Your new designs are stunning, Val!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Val, those bags look great, I do like the larger sized ones, and your patterns are gorgeous as usual! :)
I used to do a lot of granny squares once, but only made rugs!!
I have a friend who crochets nearly every night so I will have to pass on your great idea. :}

Sonia said...

Cute Bags!! You have inspired me to try to make one, one day. :)

Have a great week!

God bless and keep you,
Sonia

Jo said...

Sweet crocheted bags Val.Your sneak peek photos look lovely too.