i always thought those bamboo handles were tacky, but it works well with your purse
I totally know what you are talking about! I was hoping to find black wooden handles to go with the black outlines of the flowers (I wanted it to look more asian inspired than tropical, and that print can go both ways). I looked in every store online and the only 6 1/2 handles I could find (which is what the pattern called for) were bamboo. I was so disappointed, and I worried that bamboo would look tacky, but this being my first pattern, I didn't want to deviate from the size requirements, so I bought them. I was so pleasantly surprised when I put it together and it actually worked. I'm kind of glad that I didn't know how to adjust the pattern to fit a slightly smaller wooden handle!
PwrToolChick - that's really encouraging to hear that you were able to start making your own patterns...I can only dream!
Thank you so much for the wonderful comments, all!