Stephanie at Loft Creations has been creating again! I recently had the opportunity to test her new pattern "Prairie Tote". The pattern is available as a PDF download and also kitted from Connecting Threads HERE.
When Stephanie first told me about the pattern, I immediately had something in mind for fabric! It was the reference to the name that got me thinking about Basic Grey's Curio line and....
this book, one of my favorites, by Isabella Bird. I thought the fabric line was reminiscent of something you might see out on the prairie during Isabella's time. This is a great read! It's a journal of her 6 month journey, alone and on horseback, mostly during winter through the Rocky Mountains in 1873. A journey like this was unheard of for that time, let alone, a woman!
I can just imagine Isabella sitting at the train station with her small trunk waiting to head West across the prairie for her adventure! I bet she didn't use anything from her trunk!
She could have carried a similar bag on her person for any "necessities" she might need for the long train ride west, and perhaps it even survived her 6 month journey through the high wilderness if for nothing else but to transport her precious journal back home.
I used 21 wale corduroy for the base of the bag and the handles. I just love working with it! It gives a little extra stability to the bag and feels so luscious! Oh, and not to forget, Stephanie's new book, Uncommonly Corduroy, comes out next month and has all kinds of projects, including quilts using corduroy!
I wonder what Isabella would have thought of cell phones had she lived to our electronic age!