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« on: August 30, 2008 12:08:15 PM »

I'd like to solicit advice for what I should do with my too-small felted purse. This is the Berroco Dot pattern it was supposed to be.


http://www.berroco.com/247.254/251/251_dot_pv_lg.html

I actually made it last summer, but stuffed it into the bottom of my stash because it came out too skinny after I felted it. The pattern called for 14" high and 25" around. Mine is 13" high, but only 14" around.

I would welcome creative ideas of what to do with it. I haven't been able to find the right leather strap, and I feel that it is too skinny anyway. I guess I could knit and felt an i-cord, but I really liked the contrast of the leather when I started the project. I thought that I could sew some elastic into it and slip my knitting needles in, but I feel that there must be something better out there for salvaging it, as I do like the color scheme.

As you can tell I'm in a rut about what to do with this.  Undecided

As an avid fan of craftster creativity, I'd like to toss it out there for help. Here are two photos -- one standing and one flat.

Thanks for any help.










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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008 12:23:14 PM »

it may be a bit odd, but I can totally see it as a hanging vase! Roll Eyes  Or even as a standing vase.  I love the colours, and I hope you find something to do with it!
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2008 12:45:12 PM »

That is adorable! I love the colors too. Great pattern.
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2008 12:46:24 PM »

I agree with byonic_girl!  When I saw it, I thought it looked like a vase!
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2008 12:58:13 PM »

You could try and reinforce it with wire on the inside to make it a standing vase.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2008 02:39:33 PM »

It's beautiful even if it's not what you were going for. My first thought is to make it a trash can, but I'd hate to see it ruined by some one throwing gum away or something. So what about a trash can cover?
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2008 03:48:32 PM »

Personally, I'm a huge fan of pouches.  I could see that being easily transformed into two different little coin/etc. pouches. 
The top half could be cut off, and the bottom could be sewn shut, and a zipper sewn into the top. 
The bottom half could be a little drawstring satchel if you wove some cord from the outside to the inside around the top. . . if that makes any sense to you. . .and it could be pulled closed, like a drawstring bag. 

Whatever you do, don't let all that hard knitting work go to waste!  I'm sure you'll find something awesome to do with it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2008 04:20:36 PM »

I'm not really sure how felting works, so I don't even know if you can chop it up, but if you can... What if you cut it off so you have a small purse and attach two shorter leather handles to it, rather than a long leather strap? Then you could make the piece you cut off into a matching wallet or change purse, or even a phone or iPod cozy.

It is very pretty, though, and it has definite potential as *something.* Don't worry, you'll find the right use for it. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2008 04:45:34 PM »

Winebottlebag?

Thermos flask cover?

Storage for straight needles, long candles, wooden cooking spoons...Huh

I also think it would make the perfect hiding place/den for a small pet, if you know anyone who keeps rats, guineapigs or something but that may not be exactly what you have in mind..

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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2008 05:17:56 PM »

I think it would look great to fit a container of some type (jar, glass, whatever) into the bottom and use it as a vase for fresh or dried flowers.
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2008 06:34:06 PM »

Winebottlebag?

Thermos flask cover?

Storage for straight needles, long candles, wooden cooking spoons...Huh

I also think it would make the perfect hiding place/den for a small pet, if you know anyone who keeps rats, guineapigs or something but that may not be exactly what you have in mind..



Well, I do have a 3 lb. puppy. I'll try to see if he likes it tomorrow and take a photo if he climbs in.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of pouches.  I could see that being easily transformed into two different little coin/etc. pouches. 
The top half could be cut off, and the bottom could be sewn shut, and a zipper sewn into the top. 
The bottom half could be a little drawstring satchel if you wove some cord from the outside to the inside around the top. . . if that makes any sense to you. . .and it could be pulled closed, like a drawstring bag. 

Whatever you do, don't let all that hard knitting work go to waste!  I'm sure you'll find something awesome to do with it!

Thanks. I didn't think to cut it up, but I don't see why not.

To all with the vase idea, I like that too. I'm a little stuck on the knitting needle idea. Maybe a vase of knitting needles. I could put foam on the bottom and stick them all in. I have quite a collect, including many that belonged to my grandmother and are all different colors.

Anyway, thank you to everyone. Keep those ideas coming. I do like the colors and it seemed a shame to have it collect dust. I now feel more confident that it will make something useful for me or a nice Christmas present.
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2008 06:51:41 PM »

Weighting the bottom with something would help it stand up if you just wanted to put light things in it. Maybe some paper flowers in coordinating colors? There's a great tute on craftster for coffee filter roses.
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2008 07:39:36 PM »

I agree with the vase. Just don't put water in it! Fake only! lol
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2008 10:20:52 PM »

lampshade? wool is naturally flame retardant, so it should be safe. you could line the inside with a reflective material so the light would be directed down (for a desk lamp or) or you could make the lamp so the light is directed out of the top. you could use a modern chrome type base as contrast or make a knitting theme by sharpening dowel rods to make needles and  attaching them to a lamp base.  Undecided  the sections look so good together it would be a shame to chop it up, but it certainly deserves to become something!
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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2008 11:55:39 PM »

okay, how funny would it be as a vase with your knitting needles in it, but put little knitted flowers on the ends of the needles.
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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2008 02:20:45 AM »

I agree it should be a vase! I would love to reiceve this as a vase! With some dried flowers! Beautiful!
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2008 05:39:49 AM »

okay, how funny would it be as a vase with your knitting needles in it, but put little knitted flowers on the ends of the needles.

Ledleeaf -- That's what I've started picturing from all the feedback! Kind of like little golf club covers in a golf bag, but for knitting needles. I have some of both the pink and green yarn left, so I can use that for my flowers. And maybe I can store all my little tiny leftover yarn balls from other projects in between the needles.

Thanks again for all the inspiration. Now I just need to figure out how to make the little floral caps.
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2008 05:59:25 AM »

So.. I am not really helpful because the ideas that came to my mind were [retty much the same as everyone else but I just wanted to say that when I saw the thumbnail of this I was like WOW a giant multicolored shuttlecock. and it made me laugh. Maybe felt some flowers to go in the felted vase?

It is quite lovely whatever you decide to do with it.
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2008 09:58:11 AM »

okay, how funny would it be as a vase with your knitting needles in it, but put little knitted flowers on the ends of the needles.

Ledleeaf -- That's what I've started picturing from all the feedback! Kind of like little golf club covers in a golf bag, but for knitting needles. I have some of both the pink and green yarn left, so I can use that for my flowers. And maybe I can store all my little tiny leftover yarn balls from other projects in between the needles.

Thanks again for all the inspiration. Now I just need to figure out how to make the little floral caps.

The flower caps would be an excuse to needle felt -- get some sheets of wool felt; cut out flower base shapes; needle felt details and some shaping; whipstitch a wee tube on the underside -- voila...

I think the idea is double-cool: it will present you lovely piece and serve a practical purpose at the same time.  I love when that happens....
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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2008 01:18:45 PM »

lol i think it could be a hat.
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just fold it over, or cut some of the bottom off.
then you could show off that color scheme all the time
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this might be a dumb idea
but thats what i saw when i first looked at it
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2008 02:09:38 PM »

I totally thought it looked like a vase, so maybe a vase cover? find a vase with similar height and put it inside theeeeeen put lovely flowers in the vase...OooOh VASE COZY!
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2008 02:51:48 PM »

I wonder if you could turn into a felted hat?  is it to small to be a hat?      you could to into a a cozy of something and enter into the cozy contest Smiley    use it for when you travel to protect things in the baggage.  know anyone who plays golf ? it would be a pretty ladys golf club cover...

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« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2008 03:24:04 PM »

Ok. so, if you still want to keep this as a bag, soak it in a solution of water and hair conditioner for a while. then rinse, but don't wring or rub, this will felt it some more. The hair conditioner will untangle the felted fibers, and the bag will thus expand some. Once it dries some, if it's too big now, felt it some more, but be very careful and check every 2-3 minutes. Hope this helps!
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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2008 03:50:16 PM »

Wow. I'm overwhelmed with the great ideas, and now I wish I had a half dozen of these so I could do them all.

To kaymkay and zenthistle -- my admittedly large-headed (in the literal sense of head circumference, not in the sense of ego) 14-year-old tried to put it on his head this morning. It sat right on top of his head and made him look like one of the seven dwarfs who fell down the rabbit hole. It would be a cute hat, but, alas, the circumference is really small for that.

Ok. so, if you still want to keep this as a bag, soak it in a solution of water and hair conditioner for a while. then rinse, but don't wring or rub, this will felt it some more. The hair conditioner will untangle the felted fibers, and the bag will thus expand some. Once it dries some, if it's too big now, felt it some more, but be very careful and check every 2-3 minutes. Hope this helps!

Ooooo, I didn't know that trick. I am going to try it. Maybe it will expand to a real bag size. (I'd love to give it to my neighbor as a purse.) If not, it absolutely will be some sort of vase or vase cover. Then, one day when I get tired of that or part gets a stain, I can cut it up and sew an ipod case or some such item.

Thanks again everyone!!
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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2008 07:09:26 PM »

My first thought was vase too, it looks great.
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« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2008 08:06:01 PM »

Could it hold your straight knitting needles in it Smiley?
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