As I prepare for a move across the state I am saying goodbye to a chapter in my life and looking in a new direction.  That literal direction is Northwest.  The last bag I attempted reminds entirely of the Northwest.  It's a toasted almond brown with dark brown stitching/leather lacing and its huge.  It could easily fit a weekends worth of clothes or whatever it is you pack for a two day excursion.  The stitching is truly what makes this bag beautiful.  A dark brown thread is cross stitched throughout the gussets and entirely around the strap.  The strap is doubled over and edge stitched then riveted to the bag and stitched into place.  Then the straps were laced with matching deep brown cow leather lacing.  The laces were left long and wispy lending an air of freedom.  There were several ideas about using horse hair tassels or even a single closure with a tassel.  This may happen on a future bag.  Who knows what "direction" the next one will take. 

 

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This bag proved to be a really rewarding project.  Making a doubled strap was a new venture as was the lacing.  Figuring out how to attach the strap with rivets and hide them so only lacing showed on the outside was another fun thing figure out.  I am really pleased with the way the deep brown lacing and stitching brings out the milk chocolate leather.  On its own it is a smaller pebbled brown leather.  But the stitching really adds a richness to it.  The leather made from horween leather and has a luxurious suede back.   

 

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My goal was to make a bag that could be used as a carry on bag or a weekender tote.  Something you'd love carrying around your stash of clothes, toiletries, and a bag of chips in.  Whether you go by plane, train, car, or boat this tote will look amazing.  Not to mention it smells incredible.  Then again, I may be bias.   

New Direction Excursion Bag

New Direction Excursion Bag

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