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Topic: Rebel Alliance Purse (felting, intarsia, and a killer logo)  (Read 4805 times)
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« on: July 04, 2006 11:48:12 AM »

This is my first Craftster-worthy project--a flat-bottomed purse, knitted in the round, and incorporating evidence of my Star Wars geekery:

It's knitted around a rectangular base in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky (sadly, I had to deal with copious shedding; from now on I shall avoid mohair blends like the plague). 
Not surprisingly, the white part didn't felt as well as the red bottom, so the resulting flared shape made me decide to do the pleats on the sides.
Handles are i-cord, knitted after the fact and felted in a jar of hot water, shaken, not stirred.  Purses with more than one handle annoy me, so I sewed 'em together with mattress stitch.

Now if I can ever find some good lining fabric or a good way to fasten it, I can wear it in public as a sort of portable geek filter.  Mwahahahaa.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2006 12:20:50 PM »

Very nice!  Did you compensate for the shrinking when charting the logo or just go with it?

« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2006 12:26:55 PM »

I looove the shape! Did you use any pattern? Great job!

« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2006 02:20:22 PM »

Very stylish.  You are now ready for an evening on the town!  There are some interesting Star Wars licensed fabrics for the lining, but that might be too over the top (in a good way, though). 

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2006 02:44:46 PM »

OMG. That's SO awesome.

If I didn't have so much on my plate that would totally be my next project. I am a huuuuge geek though.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2006 03:11:19 PM »

my fiance loves this purse!! he wants me to make it. any chance of a chart?

yes i'm serious. but don't call me shirley.

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2006 04:44:41 PM »

my fiance loves this purse!! he wants me to make it. any chance of a chart?

I love guys who carry the man-purse, hehe. 
But no, sadly, there isn't a real chart.  I just googled up a logo, photoshopped it onto a grid, and printed it up.  Unfortunately, that was with my old computer, so it's long gone.
I'd be delighted to see this on somebody's man-purse, or lady-purse...

No pattern--I usually prefer to wing it.  But looking at the Booga Bag patternhttp://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html may be helpful.  Just don't make the bottom so square and doctor the size until it looks right.  And feel free to do all sorts of fun things with the handles.
Again, not much compensation happens in the ComradeSnarky school of knitting.  The Rebel emblem started out as a more or less perfect circle, so you can see that felting stockinette has a squashing effect.  Of course, stretching my chart in Photoshop to compensate would have been a good idea, but I am lazy and never make swatches. 

Thanks for the feedback, all.
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2006 05:10:31 PM »

There were some star wars charts (non-felted gauge) on craftster a while back: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9981.msg78233#msg78233 and here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94236.0

« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2006 05:16:14 PM »

duder, AWESOME!!

That came out great.

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2006 07:28:21 PM »

major major props tee hee
i need a bag like that to hook a good man  Wink Wink
I once tried using that intarsia on a REALLY small needle (crochet...) for a hat, and failed horribly

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