Beadwork August/September 2001
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An example of using the lessons learned in making the Swag Stitch Sampler
|This is a bag I made using the Swag stitch. The bag is crocheted with a rainbow bead and Jean Stitch thread. I made a bag liner of Jeans Stitch beginning at the inside of the bag, center rounds as the base and working up to the top. At the bag top I used Rainbo Elastic to make a circular opening that stretches open so my hand can fit through the opening comfortably. I attached the Rainbow Elastic directly to the Jean Stitch liner edge. I made a bead crochetd rope and added tassel pieces in the rope and a larger tassel on the end. The sections at the top opening where the rope slides through was worked in rows, one row left-handed, one row back right-handed for consecutive bead crocheted rows. The bag weighs about 600 grams, a very heavy beaded bag and I quickly realized the next bag design I make will be about half the weight for a pattern in my next crochet book. I designed this bag to look like those of the 1860-1880 time period. It is exciting to make a bag today based on an obscure stitch that has been in existence for at least 140 to 160 years.|