This is what I love.
Each top quality piece is created by me, one at a time, here in my Vermont studio with the utmost care and attention to detail. What you won’t find is a mass produced product that’s available everywhere.
Designs: All designs are my own. Although there are certain styles, all bags are cut out one at a time by me, so they vary at times in size. Each bag is one of a kind.
Construction: The utmost care is put into each bag as my standards remain high. Both the exterior fabrics, linings and pockets are interfaced for additional stability and durability. To avoid the foldover at the top of each bag, I intricately hand stitch the handles to each bag, creating a lovely gather and a very finished look. By doing this, there are no exposed seams.
Fabrics: All fabrics used are top of the line upholstery and drapery weights. Fabrics change up all the time and range anywhere from vintage florals to stripes, plaids, wild geometrics and beyond. I love so many of them and like to change them up…. a lot. Working with the textures and colors is what I love so choosing the lining is often my favorite part!
Pockets: The pictures below are of a bag turned inside out. Your bag will have one of the following pocket variations:
- Four fully lined.
- A wider pocket with a magnetic closure in the center and a smaller pocket next to it.
- Double sided pockets meaning the four fully lined on one side, and the wider and smaller pocket on the other side. All pockets are fully lined.
Buttons: I love vintage buttons. Their weight, color, and amazing style keeps me on a constant search for more. Many of the buttons date back to the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s and are quite valuable. For me, they set my bags apart…often creating its personality. Sometimes when I’m ready to sew on the button…I’ll search my button box, other times, the button is so spectacular…I build the bag around it. Antique shop owners see me coming, and know just what I’m after.
Handles: My handles are made locally, specifically for me. They’re solid Cherry, Birch or Maple and are responsibly harvested here in Vermont. I brand each front handle with my branding iron that displays my GrMtnKnittingBags name.
Straps: The tote styles have leather straps or handles that are made exclusively for me here in Vermont. I hand pick the colors, and they too change up often.