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The Colorwork Tote Class: make the Magnolia Tote or the Medallion Travel Bag

Class fee includes pattern and $15 store credit toward materials and supplies.


I remember the first time I saw a felted purse. It was very small but it had a big impact on me . . . I had never seen the way that knitting could become a three-dimensional object with structure and so much architectural integrity and durability. I wanted that. And so knitted felt became a canvas for my creativity: I loved making my own fabric. I loved that my bags and totes and purses were exactly what I wanted: understated and neutral or vibrant and whimsical, covered with flowers, or bold with sleek hardware, big and roomy for weekend adventures, or tiny and romantic, for my own secret pleasure.  

Noni bags allow you to have the same intimate and creative relationship with the purses you carry, the totes you put your knitting in, the bags you carry to the farmer's market.

In this class, you get to make all the decisions when it comes to the Magnolia Tote or Medallion Travel Bag you carry: what colors it is, how long the handles are, whether it is lined, how many pockets it has, how it is decorated, and whether there are matching accessory purses for all your must-have possessions.

In this class you will choose from one of two patterns to make your own fabulous, felted, colorwork bag. Choose between the brand new Magnolia Tote and the classic Medallion Travel Bag. These gorgeous bags demand you look. And admire. And now you can make one that is uniquely yours. . . and even make your own luggage set!

This is your opportunity to make one of these beautiful felted totes with the help, guidance, and expert finishing tips and tricks from the designer herself. Nora will take you from picking out colors, to casting on, through the knitting, to felting, to fine finishing, to embellishing.


What You Will Get

  • The pattern for the Magnolia Tote or the Medallion Travel Bag
  • 12 hours of hands-on, student-focused instruction divided between four 2-hour instruction and practice-focused meetings and 4 1-hour "check-in" meeting
  • Access to the recordings of our zoom classroom sessions
  • Small class size that allows for personalized attention, including 1 thirty-minute personal meeting
  • $15 store credit you can apply toward anything in the Noni Store


What You Will Learn

In this class, consisting of 12 classroom hours of instruction, plus personal help when you need it, you will learn new skills and refine existing ones:

  • Use color theory and some unique strategies to pick colors that work together (or pick from Nora's selection of curated colorways),
  • Learn how to read a color chart,
  • Learn different techniques to knit with two colors flat, for the bag bottom, and in the round in order to make either the stranded colorwork Magnolia Tote or The Medallion Travel Bag,
  • How to maintain the even tension required for stranded knitting that will subsequently be felted,
  • How to felt a large bag in the top-loading washer or the clothes dryer,
  • How to block your bag for a beautifully smooth felted fabric and crisp silhouette,
  • How to finish your bag so that it looks sleek and polished: learn how to apply bag feet, stiffen the bottom of the bag, use different types of magnetic snaps for the closure you want, apply a turnlock, set in a zipper, apply custom-made leather handles, and use other premium bag hardware for a beautiful finished product
  • Decorate your finished bag to take it from fabulous to art: short tutorials on knitting flowers, embroidering on felted fabric, beading, and more.


Class Size, Structure, and Dates

Dates of the instruction and practice classes: 2-hour meetings from 9 - 11am every other Saturday (to give you time to knit!): May 8, May 22, and June 5 and June 19.

Dates of check-in meetings in the evenings from 7 - 8 pm on alternate Thursdays:  May 13, May 27, June 10, and June 17.

Class Size: The class is limited to 10 participants so everyone gets individualized attention during our meetings. Each participant also receives 30 minutes of individualized meeting time and "emergency" support when needed.


See the Additional Details tab for prerequisites and materials.

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Students must be proficient in the following: casting on stitches, knitting, purling, and binding off stitches. There will be no increasing or decreasing in this project. Students should be able to control tension while knitting in the round.


  • Choose to make either The Magnoiia Tote or the Medallion Travel Bag - the pattern is included in the cost of this class.
  • The yarn recommended for this project is Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool. 
  • US 11 (8mm) 24" or 29" circular knitting Needles 
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers - 4 markers with 1 of a different color to mark the beginning of the round
  • Tapestry and Darning needles
  • Tape Measure 
  • Noni hardware package for your particular project

Class size

Class size limited to 10 people so we can have an intimate, student-focused learning environment.

Please register for this class ahead of time to reserve your spot!