Monday, October 11, 2010

Meet Norah Bellows of Noni

Nora Bellows of Noni is renown for her felted handbags, they're beautiful works of art that knitters worldwide have put their own signature on by creating one in their favorite yarn & color and embellishing it with things that have special meaning for them, just as Norah intended. If you've not yet discovered her delightful bags you're in for a treat. If you've created one in the past its time to rediscover one of her new designs, afterall a woman can never have enough handbags. Her Fall 2010 Collection includes the Clara Bow Clutch, Scoop Bags, Yoga & Everything Totes and the Cross Over and Cinch Bags.

Clara Bow
The Scoop Bags
Yoga & Everything Totes
Cross Over Bags
The Cinch Bags

And knit & felt a lovely flower to adorn your new bag...Clematis, Sunflowers, Gerbera Daisies, Stephanotis & Rosettes and the Sweetheart Roses.

Stephanotis & Rosettes
Gerbera Daisies
Field of Sunflowers
Clematis Flowers on the Vine

Nora also designs fashion for men, women and children. Her beautiful and comfortable pullovers and outerwear, such as her Ella Coat for women and the Dancing Princesses & Ella & The Legume coats for girls, suit many lifestyles and she always includes instrucitons for more than one styling option during the knitting process.
The Ella Coat
Ella & The Legume Coat
The Dancing Princesses Coat

She also has a delightufl line of bath towels and toys for children, Froggie, Little Bunny & Lamb and the Set the Table Felted Placements & Chef Oven Mitts.

Froggie Towel & Scrubby Bath Puppets
Little Bunny & Lamb Hoodie Towel & Blankets
Set the Table Felted Placemats & Chef Oven Mitts

Meet Nora Bellows of Noni: Nora was taught to knit by her mom when she was 12 but did not discover the world of felted bags until 2000. Her first bag was made from a simple pattern, but she immediately began to innovate. Soon, her unusual creations attracted the attention of customers in the Baltimore knit shop (Woolworks) where she worked (like so many of us) to support her knitting habit. In addition, she began making bags exclusively for private commission and for sale in a very few small boutiques around the East Coast.

While at Woolworks, Nora also taught literature and composition at the University of Maryland, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a PhD in Renaissance English Literature. After the completion of her degree in 2004, she moved (for love!) to Austin, Texas, where interest in her bags came more from other knitters than those seeking to purchase them. Her extensive background in teaching came in handy as she developed classes of all sorts: one on continental knitting, another on fixing mistakes, a third on making a felted bag, several on felted flowers, and, her personal favorite, an intense multi-day workshop that focused on designing one's own felted bag.

It wasn't until 2005 that she, after much pestering from her knitting students and Pat Rohmer (owner of Bluebonnet Yarn Shoppe in Cedar Park Texas), began to make her designs available to the intrepid knitter. During the Fall/Winter 2005 season she founded Noni Designs and launched a line of eight fashionable, innovative bag and embellishment patterns that are as beautiful as the designs they feature.

All Noni patterns are sold as PDFs that are emailed to you after purchase, which means no shipping fees. View Noni's entire Collection:

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