Updated November 6, 2018
This HUGE tote from Lee Needle Arts came out several years ago. When I saw it I had to have it. There are several features that make it a great bag, especially if you carry lots of stuff. It’s big enough to hold everything you need for a weekend trip.
It comes in brown or black.
There are many features that make this bag great, even without any needlepoint.
- heavy-duty nylon fabric
- almost 18″ wide and 9″ deep, so if you are using it as a project tote, it will hold larger stretcher bars
- three compartments, with the center compartment opening to almost flat
- three interior pockets, one zipped, in the center, and one interior zippered pocket in a aside compartment
- sturdy nylon web handles (I had tabs added for a shoulder strap)
The lack of a shoulder strap is the only fault I found in this bag. If I saw it at a store I’d buy it in a sec.
Even better than all of this it has an opening for your needlepoint. But it’s not permanent, it’s removable. Instead of the two-sided adhesive being on the bag itself, it’s on a piece of leather, with a dot that makes it easy for the paper cover to be removed.
In the past I have tried to change the needlepoint on non-removable Lee bags. It does not work well. You usually destroy the needlepoint you remove. There is fuzz all over the adhesive as well, which makes it hard for new needlepoint to stick.
To finish, you just cut your needlepoint to the size of the leather, remove the paper, center the needlepoint and press down.
The bag comes with two of these. You can also buy additional insets, making it very easy to change the bag’s look.
To add the finished needlepoint to the bag, just insert it into the opening. The margins are generous and the bag is flexible, so this is easy to do.
I have made lots of LNA self-finished items and this is by far the easiest I have done. I’m excited about the possibility that removable inserts will be made available for some of their other products.
I love this bag, go get one for yourself.
P. S. The needelpoint is the finished Adler-inspired Bargello, available as a free project.