Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bags, Bags, Bags (and ‘Hambags’)



Now that I refer to the archives, I see that one year and one day ago, I posted on the first bag I bought from Kylie. It was intended as a Christmas gift for a good friend. Just before Christmas, when the good friend was admiring MY bag, I, with the perpetual foot-in-mouth, replied ‘I know! And it was almost yours!’. In an attempt to make amends, I suggested to Kylie that I would love to buy any she would be happy to make – for this Christmas. Blimey, she came up trumps.



With an entirely free-range, I Have Absolute Faith, brief from me, Kylie produced four original bags using durable fabrics and incorporating her own funky, screenprinted Atomic design. They are sturdy, roomy, beautifully finished and there’s an occasional sweet detail – damn, does this lady know detail...



Because I know how important it is to aim handmade in the right direction (what with all that heart and soul worked into the stitchery), I reckon I’m going to develop a ten point checklist. Which recipient is going to notice/appreciate/use the most? I’m not saying I’m rigging any outcome here, but it seems I top the list every time. In the interests of the appreciation of handmade, I reckon one of these bags might have taken up permanent residence on a hook in our hallway.

Oh. This is the resident Bag Lady. Here she is being ‘growed-ed up’, carrying ‘her hambags’. Slow down, kid.



PS. There’s a whole lot of lovely to be found in Kylie’s shop, but, um, there aren’t any bags. You should email her (via her blog), ask her nicely, see what she says...

25 comments:

crzylady said...

She is a ham :) And yes, YOU definitely deserve one of those lovely creatures! I love the absolute faith motto when it comes to letting great crafters do their thing

Fer said...

They are truly gorgeous bags, and the fabric design brilliant. I love that atomic look!

june at noon said...

You are one lucky lady. I so love Kylie's textile work! Yes, you must keep *at least* one.

Bellgirl said...

Bah hambag ;)

Melbourne Vintage said...

Oh so pretty! I would have trouble parting with those babies! But then again... in the spirit of crimbo and all that... prolly need to give some away :(

Sandrine said...

Nice treats!x

One Flew Over said...

These are lovely! Little miss looks quite pleased too x

Little Ted Canvas said...

They are fantastic, I love them! Some very lucky recipients out there..

flowerpress said...

Clever Kylie, all of them are completely beautiful :-)
I love the ten point checklist! Very sensible. I always have to order really special stuff like this in duplicate so I can bear to give one away, although even that strategy doesn't always work!!

Andi said...

Ella would just love a hambag but I've told her they're not kosher.
;)

PS Not going to Perles tomorrow. Dan has work 'stuff'.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The bags are ALL wonderful .
And therein lies the problem . Well , you can hardly keep all four , really .... can you ?

Kylie said...

Thank you Tania... you are such a good egg :) Especially love the photo of the Bag Lady. I may have to make her one all of her own...
Kx

Amanda said...

Those are stinkin' fabulous!!! Lucky you to snatch them up :)

gretchenmist said...

they look really gorgeous, and so does your bag lady! love kylie's work ~ the stitching detail on the triangle is great.

" me " said...

gorgeouis bags !!!!

Stomper Girl said...

Bag and bag lady are gorgeous.

Bella Mills said...

My girlfriend Alison bounded into our kitchen tonight with a beautiful fabric bag that a kind customer at her work had given her today. It made me smile at the time to see Ali so happy and again just now as I look at your blog post.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Good comments all ready been made.

Bah Hambag - I like it!

Your wee ham is looking very gorgeous - new hairdo? That face. She's just so pleased with herself. Lovely bags.

Season of 'giving' remember!? This is why I 'gave' it up!!

Those bags do look very well made.

Cheers,
AJ

Angus In Northcote said...

Ten Point Checklist:

1) Design nerd
2) Craft nerd
3) capable of (almost but not quite) recreating said craft/design
4) receptive to the inspiration contained in the design of others
5) deserving
6) nice
7) in need of a bag
8)
9)
10)

I'll let the blog-o-verse give you the last three

Mel said...

Wow she came up trumps alright! They'd have to be mighty MIGHTY good friends and really REALLY deserving of the little details ... I reckon you may end up with all four!

p.s if Angus from Northcote can't come up with three more items for his list then he definitely does not qualify!

angus In Northcote said...

Qualify? Qualify? Madam, I have a Boyfriend Hat! I do not need to qualify!

Hayley Egan said...

hmm I'm seeing my NAPPY BAG! Thanks for the tip, unfortunately some crazy lady seems to have cleared out the store...

elly bee said...

Am I missing out on someting? Yes, on beautiful bags!
thats my punishment for not being around for a while. This post reminds me of getting a present box prepared...ooohh help, will it be in time for end of December? I can always blame the Dutch post being on strike.

elly bee said...

Am I missing out on someting? Yes, on beautiful bags!
thats my punishment for not being around for a while. This post reminds me of getting a present box prepared...ooohh help, will it be in time for end of December? I can always blame the Dutch post being on strike.

Sally said...

So so so lovely. Kylie is so so so clever isn't she... and you are so so so lucky... well your friends will be if you can actually manage to pass them on.