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Topic: Felted Triangle Bag- yay!  (Read 1728 times)
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« on: September 01, 2006 04:51:57 PM »

Just finished this one up!



For scale, so you can see how big it is:



Pattern used: Pick Up Sticks Triangle Bag, purchased at Jimmy Beans
Yarn used: Cascade 220, Charcoal and Ballerina Pink, 2 skeins each

I only had a few issues with it, the first being that it took 4 or 5 (I lost count) times through the wash for the pink part to lose its stitch definition.  The grey part was nice and fuzzy by the second cycle, and actually was getting icky and sheddy the more times I ran it through the wash.  You can actually still see some stitch definition in the pink part, but I just lost my patience and thought, "eh, good enough."  I think that it could've taken so long because it was a light color and light colors take longer to felt, or it was because it was knit relatively tightly (2 strands on size 10 needles).

The second issue I had was doing the decorative stitching- running a tapestry needle through thick, felted fabric hurt my fingers after awhile!  I had to take a break inbetween doing the band and straps because I think my fingers developed calluses from all the tugging and pushing.  Tongue

All in all, it was an easy and straightforward pattern, and I'm pleased with how it turned out!

(Edited to fix the weird proportions of the 2nd pic)
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2006 04:54:10 PM »

OMG I'm in LOVE with that!  I'm addicted to felted bags, but that may be one of my favs - I am definitely going to buy that pattern!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2006 05:31:44 PM »

Very very cute!
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2006 06:13:51 PM »

Lovely! I love the colors.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2006 05:30:15 AM »

It's very cute, and the size is perfect!
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Nancmich
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2006 06:24:38 AM »

Oh that is soooo cute!
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2006 07:38:56 AM »

Very nice purse. I love the color combo even if it was a hassle to felt.

The second issue I had was doing the decorative stitching- running a tapestry needle through thick, felted fabric hurt my fingers after awhile! 

Tapestry needles have a blunt tip so the yarn goes between the stitches, which is difficult on a felted wool piece. Chenille needles come in the same sizes as tapestry needles but they have a sharp tip. I think they would work better in this application.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2006 09:17:04 AM »

I have this pattern and want to make it from some of my stash yarn.  Could you please tell me how much of the CC yarn you used?  I'm pretty sure it calls for two skeins (I think...), but did you use all of those two skeins?  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2006 09:39:42 AM »

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone!  Cheesy

elijor- Ah, I didn't know about chenille needles, those sound perfect!  I actually went through all my needles trying to find one that was sharp *and* had a wide enough eye for the yarn, but the only one I had that fit the yarn was my good ol' tapestry needle.  I was too impatient to go to the store and look for a better needle, so I tried to make do, and my fingers paid the price.  But thanks for the info, I'll keep my eye out for chenille needles next time I go to the store!

rebeldaisy- I'm guesstimating I used *barely* over 1 skein of the CC, so maybe 230-250 yards?  (Which is fine with me, because I just bought craftyalien's Swat Team pattern, so I'll be making a couple of charcoal kitties soon!)
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2006 11:42:05 AM »

I love your bag.  I have also made this bag, but I was to lazy to do the decorative stitching and the flower, so mine is only a triangle.  I love the colors that you use. 
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