Ah, here is a new mixed project since it involves yarn and fabric aka sewing. I made this bag after a pattern from one of my first and still favorite books,“The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoll. I love the book especially for the whole explanations part because basically this book taught me how to crochet. Whenever I run into problems, this is the book I pick up. If you want to learn to crochet, you should definitely get this book.
The pattern is easy to follow though I made some mistakes in the beginning (instead of turning after finishing each row, I started to crochet in the round). The pattern at the bottom is not perfect! I also crocheted once around the entire bag when it was done to make the edges look nicer. I added some picot at the bottom, which you cannot see on the pics but which of course looks nice.
Lining is made of simply black cotton fabric from IKEA which I had lying around from another project.
I did not keep the bag, it is way way to small for me (I need to drag around tons of stuff in my handbag), though I would consider making a bigger version for myself for next summer.
When on holidays in Amsterdam recently, I bought about 6kg of a special yarn I found on the internet: it is called Hoooked Zpagetti. The material is actually fabric. You have to use really huge crochet hooks to work with it. The positive aspect is, that your project comes togtehr quickly due to the bulky material. So I bought 2 balls each of three colors. And this is my first project for which I used on ball (actually I tiny bit of the second ball was needed for the embellishment).
Here is a handbag I made of a stretchy turquoise/petrol “yarn” (the color does not come across right on the pictures). The only problem was inserting the lining. Even my really good sewing machine could not handle the bulkiness of the material. For the next handbag I need to find a different solution.
The lining is some fabric I bought a while ago at Ikea for a very small amount of money. I inserted two small pouches on each side for mobile phone, lighter, keys, MP3-player…
And here is a picture of the flower detail: