|Model: Kate Tikota, founder and designer behind TIKOTA UNIQUE|
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Each kit will include 6 skeins of Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes, bag handle, magnetic clasp, fabric lining, interfacing and D-rings… Just everything you need (except of the crochet hook) to finish up your own bag. I am very grateful to Scheepjes and DeBondt for sponsoring this CAL and providing me with all materials. Linen Soft is one of my favourite yarns. Please, read my review about it HERE.
UPDATE: CAL pattern will be translated and available in Dutch, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, French and Hebrew.
If you feel like choosing other shades for this project - you can look at the colors chart and choose yours at Wool Warehouse* (international shipping) and Paradise Fibers* (US). You will need 2 skeins of main color (the same shade as for the bag's band) and 1 skein in 4 more colors. And you can find other materials and supplies in your local craft store.
The story behind Peacock Tail Bag design
Last year after my first ever Circles of the Sun CAL was finished, I knew already I will design something else in the future. And give it away as a CAL. Circles of the Sun were aimed to introduce overlay crochet to you, and to give an opportunity for mastering this technique with small and simple square projects.
The response was unbelievable! I am so happy you loved overlay crochet as much as I do. I got many e-mails and private messages with pictures of different overlay crochet projects. And I decided to continue introducing this fantastic technique to you. If you haven’t heard about overlay crochet before, please, read all the information, tips and tricks HERE.
To be honest this bag design was not born at once. At first I didn’t even think about the bag. This idea belongs to Esther from It’s All In A Nutshell, whom you may know very well since my previous CAL and many other CALs she is making video’s for (by the way Esther has kindly agreed to help me with my new CAL as well (yay!!!), so please, expect very quality, detailed and professional videos!). Another great news is that CAL will be hosted in Official CCC Social group on Facebook - many thanks to Kimberly Slifer and Susan Cutler Cutrer.
The other day we were chatting with Esther on Facebook and I told her about my idea. She said, yeah, cool, but don’t design something large and busy. Keep your project simple but nice. Something that is made quickly, with no extra large effort but what can be really used. And I thought about the bag. With mandala shape. Something that doesn’t look like anything else. And then the stroke happened! And I imagined my bag in the shape and colors of a peacock tail.
I crocheted endless number of samples before I was satisfied with the pattern. And then I remade it endless number of times again, before I was satisfied with the shape. So this bag design is a kid of hard work, lots of thinking and many sleepless nights. :)
What you should know
Release of first part of this CAL is planned for Wednesday, August 17. Closely before this date I will publish detailed information and everything you need to know: how the CAL will be run, where to find the posts, which tutorials to look for and so on.
If you like my Peacock Tail Bag and would like to purchase the kit but have never tried overlay crochet – please, check patterns for Circles of the Sun first. The style and pattern writing of coming CAL will be exactly the same. So already now you can see what to expect.
The difficulty level of this CAL is Intermediate. It should make no problem at all if you are already familiar with overlay crochet. But if you are a total beginner, please, make sure to check your skills first. I believe that with detailed videos this pattern will work well even for advanced beginner. But please, be aware that this project is not a “lazy” one, as it demands lots of attention, concentration and counting (as any other project in overlay crochet). But if you like challenges – I promise you will not be bored a single second, as your crocheted work will be changing and transforming after every stitch and row.
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