Fiona Symons has produced an attractive range of
strong, practical sailcloth bags.
"Each bag has evolved from a need for family
and friends, whether for victualling the boat,
heavy shopping, log carrying, beach gear, etc.,
etc., the list just goes on.
There are acres of sailcloth sitting in lofts and
garages, ideal for recycling into bags which are
made to last a lifetime. With the phasing out of
plastic bags, the 'carrier bag' makes an ideal
machine- washable replacement.
that they appeal to all ages and both sexes. In
fact, the biggest seller has been the personalised
weekend 'roll bag', usually ordered for teenagers
and young adults.
I am always receptive to ideas for new styles and
often make 'one-off' items by request. Some bags
have their own identity because of the fabrics
stitched on top of the sailcloth, as in the 'stash
bags', and customers often like to have initials
stitched on and choose an appropriate fabric from
the range that I have available.
By recycling the fabrics, the bags take on a
slightly new but used look - I patch small worn
areas or marks which adds interest and reinforces
My workroom is at home and although I carry a small
stock,most bags are made to order. I like my
customers to get in touch either by telephone or
e-mail so that I can make sure their bag will fit