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Topic: Felted purse for a fall purse swap and a kinda tut.  (Read 1420 times)
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« on: September 23, 2006 06:08:00 AM »


Ok since this is for a swap for another forum I think I am safe in posting this. I just finished this purse this morning. It was a long time in making. My puppy had gotten into my first purse and chewed up my knitting needles and some of the wool yarn. So I frogged that one and decided to make a crocheted one. I really like it and it even has an unintentional southwest feel. My partner lives in Arizona and I didn't give it the southwest feel on purpose. 

I used a J hook and started Double crocheting in a circle, until I got to the size (for the bottom) I wanted, I messed up since the bottom has some "ruffles" but I think its cute. Then I did straight DC up the sides, switching yarn colors every 2 rows. On the last set of stripes I did a DC in 5 stitches, chained 5, skipped 5 stitches, around so I would have the loops for the strap and tie. Then the next row around I DC in each stitch and the did 5 DC into the chains.  For the tie and strap I just did a chain that was LONG....  I did my stripes in DC in each chain across, each row was a differnt color.  I think my strap ended up being 12 feet long before felting.

I used Patlns classic meriono 100% wool yarn. I felted this using my washing machine. I turned the water to hot wash cold rinse, low setting. added a bit of detergent, a pair of jeans and placed my handle tie into a pillow case, and then the purse into antoher pillow case tossed it into the washer and let her go.  I only did one wash/spin cycle. This felted super fast, usually if I use brown sheep lamb's pride I have to do 3 or 4 cycles to get it to this felted consistancy.   After I took it out of the washer I blocked it kinda and then hung it up to dry for 4 days.  I threaded the tie thru the holes and then cut the strap and sewed it onto my purse body. I tried to needle felt it but I couldn't get it to work, so out came the handy dandy sewing needle.

and Michaels has this yarn on sale this week, ending tonight 9/23/06. it has lots of cool colors

« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2006 06:11:29 AM »

I used the same yarn for my hats and shoes(posted on this board as well).  Felts beautifully!  And I also bought it at the Michaels sale.  Going back for more today before the sale ends....
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2006 02:27:31 PM »

Your purse looks really nice. A lot of crocheted felted items I see, the stitches don't ever seem to disappear completely, but your purse looks great.

« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2006 08:47:29 PM »

I really like this!  I'm about to make a crochet felted purse myself. Smiley  I love the colors you used and how they look together. Smiley

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