Yep! I'm back in the sweatshop. My sister Mary Strahm is getting the Thomas for her birthday. I experimented with a durable vinyl bottom for durability, and am pleased with the result.
The other bag is for Sara, who has been a loyal customer of Baynes & Co. from the beginning, and commissioned a Frank for her diaper bag. She has a little one coming in August. This wool bag is lined in waterproof vinyl. ....of course. Thanks Sara, for trusting me to this accessory that you will be carrying for many years!
The newest creation is here, fresh from my "sweatshop" in SE Portland :)
I made this version of our "Thomas" duffle bag by disassembling a beautiful Pendleton Woolen Mills "Supernova" Pillow Sham that I found at the SE Portland Woolen Mill Store.
The rectangular shape of the sham helps create the perfect tubular body for the bag. Thanks to some help from my son David, a math teacher, we calculated the size of the end pieces and I hand cut them to create a perfect cylinder. If only high school geometry was always this gorgeous ;)
This is the third version of this bag that I have made, and it is now better than ever. With cotton webbing for the straps and binding, and zipper pockets featuring contrasting accent fabrics, this bag is as close to perfect as it has ever been.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you love my latest creation. I know its unknowing recipient will :)
Last week the Pendleton store on McLoughlin featured my Lewis carpet bag on their blog. I am so happy that they like this bag so much!
From looking at our site stats, I see that we are already starting to get some traffic. Which is great...except for the fact that our site is not technically up and running yet. The copy is mostly wrong, the photos are absolutely incorrect, and really all we have at this point are a ton of placeholders.
Thanks for stopping in and watching the site evolve. Expect it to be polished by the end of August 2014, when we plan to launch.
Beth, Meg, and Dave