As a fan of Knitting Goddess yarns (pretty much since I first started knitting), when I heard that Joy was selling her own range of project bags, and that she was printing her own fabrics to make them, I was really curious. Her prints certainly did not disappoint, having been designed with the knitter and crocheter very much in mind! Before featuring them in this year's Festive Gift Guide I asked Joy to tell us more about the reasons for adding this line to her shop and what makes them special. Here's what she had to say:
"Like a lot of craft people I’m always keen to find homes for whatever I’m working on, and it’s fair to say that I’ve collected several project bags. I always wanted something that was ‘right’ for my knitting or crochet, and somehow the colourful craft cottons which many project bags are made from weren’t what I wanted. "
"When Bobbie and I started talking about offering project bags, we planned to buy printed fabric and make bags. Having been unable to find what we wanted we decided to print our own. This meant creating designs from scratch, transferring them onto silk screens, printing and heat setting the fabric and making it into bags. Because we control every step of the process its given us lots of control. We wanted to make project bags which would stand up to years of use."
"Our cotton fabric comes from just along the road in Bradford, and we’ve chosen to worth with a cotton canvas rather than a lightweight cotton. We use water based inks which are soil association approved and non toxic. We use good quality interfacing, zips and thread. So rather than try to make something as cheaply as possible we’ve aimed to make the best bags possible, using UK suppliers every step of the way."
"Our zip pouches come in two sizes and four designs. The larger pouches are the perfect size for a ball of yarn and sock pins, a circular needle or crochet hook. The smaller pouches are great for keeping small things together – mine contains a tape measure, notebook, pencil and lip salve."
"We’ll be posting parcels up to and including the 22nd of December, but we’d recommend ordering by Monday 19th December to give your parcel the best chance of reaching you. If your parcel needs to travel outside the UK please check the last posting date here ."
If you'd like to see the full range of pouches, box bags and totes (as well as Joy's beautiful hand dyed yarns and other notions), visit the online shop HERE.