The design is based on a pin pillow design by Margaret Light. I attended Margaret's workshop for the pin pillow at Beating Around the Bush 2009 and really enjoyed the project.
The thread is a lovely rich, deep red perle - great to work with and a good variation of stitches.
The centre is filled with Ghiordes knots - really effective and requiring care to sustain over what is a fairly large area.
Again, this is a project designed to sustain the stitcher's interest - enough of each stitch to get a bit of practice and see how the stitch works, but not so much that you get bored with repetition. It was fun to see how many variations there might be on simple chain stitch.
I'd have liked clearer labelling of the bits of the design. It wasn't always easy to work out which 'upper' or 'lower' flower was referred to or which was the 'sepal'.
I also added some elastic in the top edge of the sides as I thought it gaped a little when empty.
The result is a little crooked at the top, but not enough to stop the bag being used. It looks like a handmade bag - but quite a nice one.