One product that I have felt Woolly Originals has lacked is a large weatherproof bag. But, how to make it sustainably, without a petroleum-based wax, and at a realistic price?
Last month, I noticed that Halley Stevensons was developing a new waxed fabric product called EverWax Olive using by-products from the food industry namely olive, rapeseed and castor bean oils. Taking the waxes from these oils, Halley Stevensons applies them to organic cotton, creating a stunning environmentally-friendly plant-based material.
Two sample Weekender style bags have been created with the assistance of Nina and Adam at Kalopsia. There are two slip pockets, a deep one on the outside and a wider one inside, and complimentary-coloured cotton shoulder straps. The interior of the bag is lined with a natural linen fabric from Scottish Linen. And, a Woolly badge, of course!
The bags are approx. 53cm wide, 44cm high and 19cm deep. They can hold more than fifteen 100g skeins of wool so definitely big enough for a weekend! Plus tools in the slip pockets.
The two bags in a dark olive and mid brown colour now need to be tested in working conditions and revisions or adjustments made. Once I'm completely satisfied with the bag design, it'll be sewn in larger numbers and available to purchase!