They are back! In Sweden, the Tomte is a gnome-like creature that exists all year round. They live in the outbuildings of farms and are generally helpful guardians, and especially kind to animals. However, they also have a mischievous side and are known for hiding things at whim...so make sure to keep your Tomte happy so they keep your project safe!
Our Rugged Ochils bags are part of our continuing desire to use local materials for our handmade project bags. I was very excited to discover that waxed cloth is, in fact, a Scottish invention, and still being made in a traditional way in Dundee.
This sturdy cotton canvas is made water repellent using paraffin waxes - reclaiming and making use of a waste product from the petrol industry. It is a wonderful, rugged material that will naturally gain creases and scuffs with use, eventually creating a beautiful, vintage patina, and its water repellent properties will of course also keep your project nice and safe from the elements or indeed, any spillages.
The Ochils Bag itself is a roomy and sturdy project bag hand made by us here at Midwinter HQ, and features a triple internal pocket with space for notebooks and a pen. The outer layer is made from a waxed 100% cotton canvas, and it is lined with a linen look cotton fabric.
The inside view of the bag is shown easily containing 500gr of yarn to give you an idea of capacity.
The bag closes with a roll-down construction, so it can roll down to however small the contents allow and grow along with your project. The metal clasp then forms a handy strap to carry the bag with, or hang off your arm if working on the go.
Height (unrolled): 27cm / 10.5 inches
Width at top: 33 cm / 13 inches
Depth (at base) : 15 cm / 6 inches
Indigo is a deep navy colour and the lining features red gnomes, or "tomtar" on a natural linen-look background. The inside pocket is made of matching red cotton canvas.