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fernif
« on: January 05, 2004 04:28:02 PM »

Has anyone ever made a hand felted handbag?  I saw a story in Martha a looong time ago and wanted to try it out.  I have no idea how much wool to buy or even what kind to buy.  I tried to find a book at Borders, B&N and Michaels, but no luck! Maybe amanzon?  But if you have had any experience being crafty with hand felting, I would love to hear about it.  There are so many great projects that could come from this.  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2004 08:09:17 PM »

ooh! I can help!
I just got a fab book for X-Mas called Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas. It has patterns for bags, totes, mittens, slippers, hats and even a rug (which I really want to make) The book has great tutorials and sample pieces you can make before trying to accomplish your main project. Here's the link at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931499330/qid=1073534860/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/102-5711057-6504131

Hope this helps  Cheesy

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fernif
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2004 09:23:18 AM »

Yea!  I have to have that book- it exactly what I am looking for.  I met a woman who makes hand felted purses, but she was selling them for $70.  I think with a little bit a practice, wool and elbow grease, I will totally be able to make a one of a kind creation.  And then maybe sell them and make a little extra money!  If you make the rug, you'll have to post pictures- I'd love to see what you create.

Thanks so much for your help!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2004 10:42:14 AM »

Here's a link with a relaxed pattern and some good felting instructions.  Have fun.  You need  100% wool for felting projects.  
http://www.angelhairyarn.com/freepattern901.html

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2004 05:19:01 PM »

Are you interested in fulling/felting a KNIT object or do you want to make felt and sew it together? I ask b/c they are two different processes (obviously) and the end result will look different. I like both very much and have some great links on hand felting, which I'll post if you want 'em.

PS Starstitches: Thanks for the Galeskas book recommendation, I just added it to my wishlist.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2004 07:39:00 PM »

i did a two day course in wool felting. i made a bag.
all i can say is it takes a looong time. i hope you have more patience than i do.
sorry i don't remember much.. just that you use bits of wool.. like tufts almost.. and lots and lots of soap stuff and mush it all together and like massage it for hours.
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good luck though. can't wait to see the end result.
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2004 12:09:47 PM »

Hey, look at this thingy i saw today....

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml;jsessionid=JRWMGTQWLSAZZWCKUU2SIIWYJKSS2JO0?type=product&id=product20603&site=&rsc=



i know some don't like ms Martha, but this basket is way cuuuute.

How do you think you could replicate??? hmmmmmm.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2004 12:37:38 PM »

Well, it looks like that's the kind of felt made from raw wool - but I'm sure you could knit it up and felt it.  Why not?  Of course, the stripes would be alot easier than the flowered one.
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2004 01:26:01 PM »

yeah, the stripey stripey would be grand.

maybe i'll give it a go!
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2004 09:12:03 AM »

Speaking of Martha, she had an episode on this am that featured a felt artist. She did the knit/shrink version of felting.  Some wild hats!

http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&styleType=tvradio&catid=cat18187&id=tvs9149

Click on the artists web site to see the fun stuff.

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