“I’m wondering if you have made (or could) a little larger version of Osampo bag?”
It was 28th November 2011 when I got a message from Peggy living in Utah, the United States. It was some time after I sent her Osampo bag that I got the order through my Etsy shop. This was the beginning of designing “Osampo sister bag” that involved her in its prototyping process.
What she wanted was a knitting bag, which you could put a ball of yarn, knitting needles, a copy of knitting instruction, small scissors and so forth, and take the bag with you for commuting and traveling not only for being at home. So the bag can be put in a larger bag as well.
Peggy had a specific image of the knitting bag that she wanted. She suggested about 25% larger bag than Osampo bag whose thickness of the felt might be thicker, or double layered handle part.
And in fact, I had made a paper model of a knitting bag which looked like a basket some years earlier. So I asked Peggy that I would like to develop and complete the design of a knitting bag with her help. And since then, after 2 and half months with exchanging over 40 messages online, Peggy’s knitting bags were completed and arrived at her place.
I sent the photos of paper models and waited for hearing from Peggy. After all, she liked the large version of Osampo bag the most :). She chose the 1st and the 3rd model to be made by felt. I sent felt samples for her to choose the color. Ok, then, we went on making Peggy’s knitting bags!
I’ve got a feeling that the larger Osampo bag could be in my product line after making the final products. And the shoulder bag in the middle… was so difficult to make!! It’s such an ordinary design, but sewing the handle with body was technically hard because of the total thickness of the felt. I put a body part between two pieces of handles and sewed them together, but they were moved off slightly by the pressure of a sewing machine each time. So finally I glued them all before sewing which solved the problem, but it took a lot of time. So I must find out better design for the 3rd model.
The knitting bags that were developed with Peggy went over the Ocean to Utah by the international mail. Peggy, who cherishes craftsmanship and purchases many handmade items, seemed to have had fun with the design process with me.
I asked her to photograph the knitting bags at her home. Then, wow! What a nice room she has! Look at the wooden rocking chair, the tree decorated with red birds! The knitting bags have arrived to the owner of such a nice room. And I was glad to find the grey Osampo bag that Peggy previously ordered, on the chair together with her knitting bags.
And then, this beautiful card ….
I have been missing the timing to put the “larger Osampo bag“, knitting bag on sale because my busiest parenting time was on going at the same time, but I got exactly the same request from another person and she also chose and bought the “larger Osampo bags” as her knitting bags the other day. It’s already spring, but now, it’s the time to go! So now I’m preparing to list the knitting bag on Aika Felt Works Webshop and Etsy shop for you who enjoy cool-looking, lace crocheting in spring and summer, and for you who live in the Southern Hemisphere where autumn is already there. I will post more information on this blog when it’s ready!