I’ve been sewing things again. I saw a template for a Bento bag on the net (get it here) and gave it a go. Apparently, a Bento is a food container traditionally used in Japan and serves the same purpose that a lunch box does in the West. As a Bento had no handles it was generally wrapped in a length of cloth and tied to form a handy means of carrying it. The word itself means ‘convenient’ and refers to the convenient meal inside the box. While looking for templates for the bag, I kept seeing them and other things described as ‘Zacca’ style. I looked to Wikipedia for answers:
Zakka has been described as “the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane”. The zakka boom could be recognized as merely another in a series of consumer fads, but it also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. “Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext.”
Another definition I found said Zacca means practical and pretty. Well, whether to be laden with subtext and/or a packed lunch, I ended up making a couple; one for me, the green one in the pic and one in some super Ikea curtain material, all chocolate browns and organic shapes (Macho!), for hubs as a lunch grab-bag. They look like the little knapsacks tied to the end of a pole that we used to see in picture books when people set off for an adventure, or The Fool from a traditional Tarot pack.
To be honest, the design and construction is a little bit of a faff and uses up a lot of fabric for no good reason, really! The bottom is reinforced as there are some overlapping triangles but unless you need a strong bottom (there’s a joke in there, somewhere) and only plan on packing a few balls of wool or a simple lunch it’s a waste. BUT… they are dead cute and would make fabulous lunch packs for young children in fun fabrics.
I’ve revised the template to make a tie-handle bag without the triangles and will run a few up at the weekend and give the template away as the idea is pretty simple.
I’ve been doing a bit more crochet and made a bunch of these butterflies following Sheruknitting.com’s You Tube tutorial for her easy butterfly. They all turned out very pretty especially, if you remember, I only learned to crochet a few months ago. And it is easy. It’s not like bouncing a neutron off a soap bubble.
Here’s a pic of Jess. She’s so much better now. So relaxed compared to how she was. And doesn’t do impressions of deflating tyres too often these days! She used to hairflip, hiss and lash out all over the place and be a bit scary to have around so goes to show what a difference a year makes.
Anyway, that cup of tea won’t make itself … bye for now.