thanks so much for the feedback on the coasters - i will think about all your advice (my favourites were the people who liked them as they were, hehe) but i'm going to have a play and see what happens. i just feel that plain bindings are a bit expected - i like the 'clash' of another pattern, it's a bit of a surprise. we'll see. maybe the weave fabric would be better.
on another note, i really wanted you to see these wonderfully clever knitted bags that incorporate my totem and weave fabrics. brilliantly made by lin of leafgreenhandmade, they are so sweet and imaginative - and if you're interested in buying one, you'd better hurry 'cos two of them are already sold :) click right here to buy!