Monday, February 24, 2014

Market Bag Madness 2014 - The New Market Line Bags in Tapestry Fabrics

Introducing some new bags in the Market Line: Market Bag Tapestry & Market Euro Tapestry.

These bags are made with heavier weight drapery prints than the standard cotton prints. They come with metal feet, magnetic snap closures and nylon liners. Price varies depending on the fabric. You can see all the current tapestry prints HERE.

Market Line Tapestry Bags

Flora Surprise Gold
Only one other bag was made in this print.
This bag is ready to ship.


152 India
Enough fabric for one more bag in this print.
This bag is ready to ship.



Marrakesh
One-of-a-kind bag, ready to ship.



Intricate Paisley Black
This particular bag has a slight 1.5" pressing flaw on
the front bottom right of the bag. It is not noticeable.
It will be discounted to account for the flaw.
One more in perfect condition is almost finished.


154 Paris Postcard
Some of these photos, the lighting did not come out right.
Both of these bags are ready to ship.
 This image most accurately reflects the color of the print.



155 Paris Text
I have a Market Bag Tapestry in this print also. 
There is enough fabric for 2 more bags.
This bag sold but another can be ordered.



Market Line, Market Bag Euro
Here is a new, limited edition cotton print. It has a scarlet nylon liner, metal feet and magnetic snap closure.

976 Scroll Black & Ivory
Enough fabric for one more bag in this print. This bag is ready to ship.



New Fabrics III

Fabric shopping in downtown Los Angeles Sunday for more drapery fabric and nylon liner fabric. I purchased two new drapery prints and got more fabric in one I've already been working with.

You can find all my drapery/tapestry prints on the Betsy Ross Linens Tapestry Drapery Chenille page. I will be posting photos of the first set of finished tapestry bags in the next few days.

153 Paris Eiffel Tower Onyx

I already had this print in navy. I was thinking of getting it in red but I've gotten such positive feedback on the black and white bags that I decided on the onyx.

154 Paris Postcard

I've made two bags out of this fabric that are ready to ship. There is one Market Bag Tapestry and one Market Bag Euro that are ready to purchase.

155 Paris Text

I've made two bags out of this print and purchased enough fabric to make two more. I finished and sold one Market Euro Tapestry bag and have one Market Bag Tapestry that's almost finished.





156 Flight Routes

I have enough fabric to make two bags in this fabric.

All the black and white or ivory prints come with scarlet nylon liners, matching fabric straps and metal feet.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Fabrics II

975 Classical Music
Cotton- Enough fabric for two Market Line Bags

I've been working on photographing new cotton prints and tapestry and upholstery prints I've dug out of my attic. The cotton prints were easy but the tapestry and upholstery prints were difficult to get the lighting just right.

LIMITED EDITION COTTON - For Market Line Bags

 921 Batik Tie Dye
Enough fabric for one Market Line Bag

 922 Batik Twig
Enough fabric for one Market Line Bag

 934 Peacock Swirl
Enough fabric for one Market Line Bag

935 Peacock Feathers
Enough fabric for two Market Line Bags

 976 Scroll Black & Ivory
Enough fabric for one Market Line Bag

977 Sea Turtles
Enough Fabric for one Market Line Bag

TAPESTRY - DRAPERY - CHENILLE

I will be adding more prints when I find the time to get more fabrics out of the attic and photograph them. Sample swatches are available if you are serious about getting a custom bag made.

104 Green Floral Chenille
This fabric is actually much darker than how it appears in the photo. It's a medium weight chenille perfect for handbags or totes. I have not tried to use it in the Market Line.

121 Red Calligraphy Tapestry
This is a rich medium weight fabric that has a bit of a sheen to it. I've made several tapestry totes out of this fabric. It was my favorite bag for many years.

122 Dragonfly on Lime Tapestry
This is a very soft, medium weight woven tapestry. The colors did not come out quite right in this photo. Years ago, I made small square bags with cord straps out of this same print in red.

123 Butterfly on Violet Tapestry
This is a lightweight tapestry with a bit of sheen to it. I've made tapestry cosmetic bags out of this fabric. This fabric might work in the Market Line, but it hasn't been tried yet.

124 Butterfly on Green Tapestry
This is the same fabric as 123 but in a different color. The green is actually a much deeper, richer green, but I could not get it to photograph right. I've made cosmetic bags out of this fabric.

124 Insects on Gold Tapestry
This is a lightweight fabric with a tight weave. The gold appears much richer than it does in this photo. I've made two handbags out of this fabric. It might be an ideal fabric for the Market Line, but it hasn't been tried yet.

125 Shou Gold on Red Tapestry
This is a medium weight tapestry. The shou symbol means longevity. I made my padded headboard out of this fabric, as well as several handbags. It might work with the Market Line. I also have this  same print in navy and purple.

130 Imitation Suede Branch Tapestry
This is a wonderful medium weight tapestry fabric. I've make tapestry handbags and cosmetic bags out of this fabric. I may attempt to try this fabric with the Market Line but it may be too heavy.

152 Paris Navy on Ivory Drapery
This is a lightweight drapery fabric and will be perfect for the Market Line Bags. There are two other prints in this series that have already been made into Market Bags.

Kitty Mat Beds - Sale Ends 2-28-14

 Kitty Mat Beds

Only 10 days left on the Kitty Mat Bed Sale! Through February 28, you can order two Kitty Mat Beds for only $28.00, a 25% savings. Free shipping on all orders through February 28th.

Kitty Mat Beds measure approximately 16" x 19" and are made with three layers of polar fleece and one flannel print layer. They can also be made with a just fleece.  They are 100% machine washable.

Kitty Mat Beds will not go on sale again until 2015.  To order EMAIL me at:
sprocket.trials AT gmail.com.  I accept checks, money orders and payment through Paypal.

See a wide variety of Kitty Mat Beds on the Kitty Mat Bed Sale 2014.

Flannel prints for ivory fleece & flannel Kitty Mat Beds.

Fleece prints for fleece on fleece Kitty Mat Beds.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Fabrics

969 Lilies

If you've been watching the updates on the Market Bag Madness -2014 post, you will see that I've been working with quite a few new fabrics. I've also added eight new cotton prints to the Cotton Page, as well as ten new, one-of-a-kind cotton prints and other fabrics to the Limited Edition, Market Line Prints page.  The Limited Edition page prints are "900" numbers. This tells you that there is only enough fabric to make one or at the most two bags in that print. These prints will make Limited Edition or one-of-a-kind bags.

Here are a few of the new prints that have been added to the Limited Edition collection:

990 Black Leaf Corduroy

This fabric is corduroy  and would make an interesting Market Line bag.

973 Branch & Berries

970 Paisley Red

To order a Market Line bag, there are over 200 different prints to choose from between the two collections.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Market Bag Line Madness - 2014 Is Coming!

UPDATE 02/09 - First finished bag
This is the first bag I finished late in the evening on February 7. This is the modified Market Purse that will be my own handbag. I made the bag slightly taller and narrower so I could carry my laptop inside my handbag. I put a gold nylon liner in it, verses cotton. This liner fabric is not as easy to work with. You can see more photos on the BRL Facebook page.


UPDATE 02/07 - Progress continues
I've started sewing in my label on the Euro tapestry bags, gluing down the inner seams and installing the snap. I'll be working on making several liners today. Some of the tapestry bags will get nylon/rayon liners instead of cotton. Those that get cotton will get Kona Cotton®, in a complimentary matching fabric to the print. These bags will also get a larger magnetic snap than the standard Market Line Bag. I haven't decided yet, but the bags may also get a slight flair in the pin-tucks, much like the peacock feathers bag I made.

I thought I would share some photos here, that I've shared on the Facebook Page, of more of the Market Euro Tapestry bags that are coming.

 These two bags have more texture, thickness. The one on the right almost feels like a chenille.

These two bags are a little lighter in weight than the ones above, but have a nice, heavier feel.

Can you tell which one is the $9.00, 45" wide cotton print, and which one is the $35.00, 54" wide drapery print? The drapery print is a little thicker, and has a bit of a sheen to it.

UPDATE 02/04 - Progress continues
 Market Line Bag construction continues

UPDATE 02/03 - A blended bag

Market Euro - Tapestry

Here are two partially finished bags in a new "blending" of my tapestry totes with the market line style of bags.  It's a lightweight tapestry fabric bonded to canvas. This is the heaviest fabric that I've tried bonding to stiff canvas. It appears to be working out so far.

Both bags are one-of-a-kind. The bag on the left is a standard Market Bag Euro size. The bag on the right is a modified size Market Purse. This will be a bag I'm making that will easily hold my laptop when I go to court.  They will have nylon/rayon liners, like the tapestry totes, but over the shoulder thin straps like the Market Line bags.

UPDATE 02/01 - Progress continues

 Market Line Bag Construction continues

I've got 38 Market Line bags on the table. The two sides of the bags have all been sewn together. The bottom seam is double sewn.  Then the three side seams have been pressed open and the bottom corners folded into points. The next step is drawing the sew line for the double sewing of the bottom side side seams.

Once that step is complete, all the bags will be turned right side out and re-pressed.

Beginning stages of Market Bag construction.

January 28, 2014
Over the upcoming months, I will be working on creating a large selection of Market Bags, Market Bag Euro and Market Purses in stock prints and some never seen before prints. I'm also experimenting with some heavier drapery cotton prints as well as some lightweight upholstery and damask fabrics.

Previous Market Bag Madness photos:



Bags I've made:

Market Bag Euro
954 Geisha Vibrant Colors - Stock Print

Market Bag
480 Vibrant Butterfly - Stock Print

Market Tote
309 Mountain Cranes Blue - Stock Print

Market Bag
301 Calligraphy Red - Stock Print

Market Bag
411 Kitties Chasing Mice - Stock Print