TLC Bags Are a Great Way to Wake Up Your Wardrobe for Spring!

Tracy Crandall’s TLC Bags are so different, everyone will be stopping you to ask where you got it.

Tracy has two kinds of bags – felted wool and “rescued” materials that she has found in various thrift stores.

The Wool Bag that I got has a woven sienna leather belt for a handle and a beautiful array of colours of old and new hand-dyed wool for the body of the purse – lines of soft rose, lime, aqua and different shades of autumn - and are accented by a clay leaf closure (handmade by a friend).

It is not only exquisite, but a one of a kind piece of art, as each piece is handknit or crocheted with wool (or a combination of wool/synthetic yarn) then felted down in size, giving a soft and luxurious look to the purse.

The Tea Bag, which you may know Tracy for, is hand-crocheted using striped of tees, blouses, curtains and anything that she can find. It gives quite a dramatic effect, all of these knots and ends sticking out! This too has a leather belt for a strap and clay button, but is very different than the ones on the Wool Bag.

Tracy is doing colours for Spring right now, but I love this one with dark olive green, warm orange and a funky Seventies print complete with zigs and zags in black on a caramel background! It will go with everything!

TLC Bags are available across the country – you can check out the locations here.

One thing I love about these bags is that they aren’t the Birkin of the moment – they’re an expression of who you are – a free-spirited individual.

And they’re handmade with love out of recycled materials all at a very reasonable price.

p.s. TLC Bags will be at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre March 20-24. Stop by and get a bag while you’re there. You’ll be so glad you did!

Stephanie Dickison

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