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amybaby
« on: October 02, 2006 12:13:42 PM »



Hi!

I don't really like to use patterns, or count things, so i generally wing it and hope things work out. For this bag, i basically crocheted an oval for the bottom, basically stopping when i thought it would be big enough. For this, i assumed that crochet will felt to about 80% of its original size, and figured that when the 3/4 of the bottom was the size i wanted, then i stopped increasing, working in a spiral.

I used blk patons merino wool, and lion brand moonlight mohair in tundra, the lining is a blk polyester, i added a metal snap and plastic handles. One of my friends, who is like, the queen of all things crafty, came up with a novel solution for attatching the handles w/o stressing the lining or poss having stitches pull through the felt. Buttons! we attatched buttons to the outside and stitched them to the handles inside, using the buttons like a washer. see



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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2006 12:22:11 PM »

I like this.  And the buttons are really cute, in addition to being clever!
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2006 02:31:44 PM »

Thanks! i got them in the scholarship store at FIDM (fasion institue of design and merchandising i don't go). The store has left over fabric headers (samples that go to clothing manufacturers) and donated clothing from companies, and BIG bags of buttons for a $1!
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2006 01:39:53 PM »

Cute purse!  I love the finishing (I especially admire anyone who can do a decent finishing) and that button idea was indeed a very clever solution. 

Keep crafting! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2006 02:00:14 PM »

I love that. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2006 08:09:26 PM »

thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2006 01:34:51 AM »

That looks really great! Thanks for the information on how you made it, I've never tried felting, but I might give it a go.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2006 06:59:19 AM »

Hmmm...I never thought about felting a crocheted piece...silly me...

I may have to give it a try! And, after checking out the Challenge #15 posts, I may try to make a felted crochet bear.

Now, do I felt the pieces before I assemble the bear, or assemble it and then felt the whole thing?
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2006 03:20:23 PM »

I don't do this, but i think felting a swatch would be a good idea for the bear.  I think that knitting felts up more "solid" or "nicer" than crochet because it's less dense than crochet. I'm assuming the looser the stitches, the better the agitation. When I first tried, I croheted tighter and the stitches were still visible after felting, so I'd crochet a little looser than usual.

I'd try stitching up the bear and felting before stuffing.

I'd love to see it!

 
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2006 12:53:22 PM »

When I first tried, I croheted tighter and the stitches were still visible after felting, so I'd crochet a little looser than usual.

I'd try stitching up the bear and felting before stuffing.

I'd love to see it!

 

Since I tend to crochet on the tight side, I'll give it a try with a large crochet hook to make the stitches a little looser. Thanks for the tip!

If I'm not too ashamed of my results, I'll be sure to post a picture. Now, I just need to head to the store to buy some wool...
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