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The view from where I live:

Mirembe means peace.
Create a serenity by simplifying.
Create serenity with color.
Create a peace with no edges.

I have dreamed in color all my life and been sewing most of it. Playing with fabric and color lets my creative juices flow.
I am a big fan of functional and minimalism- I believe that simple is good; practical, better; and good looking is up there.

A NOTE ON SIZE
My bags now come in six different sizes.
There are the narrow widths(2" wide) which come in three sizes. The smallest of these is about the size of a 1-lb box of pasta or granola and can hold about six apples. The largest accommodates a 1"-wide ring binder.
And then there are the wide widths(4" wide). The smallest of these is all one ever…

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  • Joined March 27, 2009

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Fabric, wood, mechanicals

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MirembeDesign
Bags, Balls & Housewares!

About

The view from where I live:

Mirembe means peace.
Create a serenity by simplifying.
Create serenity with color.
Create a peace with no edges.

I have dreamed in color all my life and been sewing most of it. Playing with fabric and color lets my creative juices flow.
I am a big fan of functional and minimalism- I believe that simple is good; practical, better; and good looking is up there.

A NOTE ON SIZE
My bags now come in six different sizes.
There are the narrow widths(2" wide) which come in three sizes. The smallest of these is about the size of a 1-lb box of pasta or granola and can hold about six apples. The largest accommodates a 1"-wide ring binder.
And then there are the wide widths(4" wide). The smallest of these is all one ever really needs. The middle size can hold two six-packs of 12 oz. cans- and I am not telling you what of, but I don't recommend carrying that much weight on your shoulders. The biggest can hold six rolls of toilet paper - an ingenious and elegant solution to the kitchen sink problem. The largest size is an ideal size for school, computer bag, diaper bag, and so much more.
The iPad Mini, Kindle and Nook fit in the small messenger bags with or without a cover: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MirembeDesign?section_id=6311437
The iPad fits in bags found in the skinny messenger section: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MirembeDesign?section_id=6311438
NEW SIZE FOR THE iPAD. Fits an iPad in cover plus or a 12" laptop plus. Or similar size objects- think letter size or A4 paper.
The ready to ship bags come in these various sizes. Custom bags may be any size you desire- within reason, of course.


My little adventure into the land of bags began one afternoon when I wanted to go out on my bike on a short trip and hang out. My 'medium' messenger bag was too large and bulky for my few necessities and I would have to schlep it around for the rest of the afternoon. A little thought and two tubes later, I was on my way. Expansion in two directions and you arrive at the products in the shop.

The process begins with careful planning of color and fabric choice, then comes the creating of the two 'tubes'. The bags consist of two parts: what comprises the body is a single piece; the other is the strap. I create the pockets on each of the pieces, then assemble the tubes. I do this so that there are no exposed seams or raw edges. When these are fully assembled, turned and pressed, I then sew them together and topstitch, and voilà, your bag- a beautiful and comfortable piece with maximum style and minimal weight. I tend not to use fastenings because I find that most people rarely use them and they tend to add unneeded weight to the bag.
All the fabrics have been prewashed.
I started off making the bags in sturdy cotton canvas for durability. I have now branched into using wool as well.
I am after craftsmanship here and I do not mind setting you apart from the crowd with these one of a kind, handmade pieces.

The balls began as a curiosity in making spheres from polygons. I somehow got stuck on balls from pentagons. And then I started to experiment with color and pattern. And yes, I know I am reinventing the wheel, but it is fun and fascinating.
The beach balls were the result of a challenge which has continued to fascinate me.

Quilting is really just my fascination with color, shape and pattern.
Combining shapes, breaking down shapes, building shapes, changing color, color combinations, making color create pattern and change it, playing with traditional patterns to make new designs. Infinite possibilities! I have been a quilter for more than twelve years at this point and am not even vaguely bored with it yet.
Unless otherwise noted, I use 100% cotton fabrics in my quilts and 80% cotton/20% polyester batting.

I do most of my sewing on an old Singer sewing machine from the 1940's. She still hums along beautifully. I occasionally consider converting her to a treadle machine.

Tempted? Waiting for an invitation? Well, come on in!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MirembeDesign

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