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Hand embroidered tote bag - Pennsylvania Dutch collection

Original price $15.00 - Original price $15.00
Original price
$15.00
$15.00 - $15.00
Current price $15.00

Cotton tote bag for eco-friendly groceries, books, toys, hobbies and more!

While I lived in California until my mid-forties, my roots run deep in Pennsylvania. After moving to the Pittsburgh region and traveling around the state more, I was deeply affected by the imagery of the Pennsylvania Dutch (German immigrant communities that grew from the 1700s and 1800s.) As I've embroidered some of these designs, I wonder about my great-great-grandmothers who might have stitched similar designs onto items for their homes and families. 

The embroidery is all hand created by myself, inspired by the world around me. The colors are vibrant and the images unique. Each design is imbued with a sense of action and movement.

I love tote bags myself, and I use them for all kinds of things. My tastes are always in the unusual, unexpected and, ideally, eco-friendly. The bag bases, although mass produced in China, were purchased from a resale auction, allowing me to use quality bags without creating additional waste/shipping/etc. I source my fabrics for the backing and the applique from a variety of places: my family’s old clothing, leftovers from my local arts center, odd lots from the creative reuse store, and de-stashers on Facebook. Giving these things a second life (or third!) life and keeping them out of landfills is my primary goal. I do buy thread new, unless I can also source it from de-stashers or creative reuse.

To make these fun carry-all bags, I create an embroidered image on a piece of fabric and then attach that fabric to the bag. (I call these patch bags.) On some of the bags, I will build a “crazy quilt” style image directly on the bag itself.

The basic tote bag measures 15”x16”, not including the handles.

Although the stitching is more secure than it may look, I would still recommend hand washing these. I have used a tiny amount of gentle laundry soap with room temp water, rinsing thoroughly and spreading out to air dry. I iron them before shipping and recommend using a tea towel or other cloth between the bag and the iron. Note a few designs do have sequins attached, and they have not melted during ironing, but I would suggest caution ironing directly on those designs.

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