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« on: May 09, 2010 04:45:44 PM »

i'm so excited- this is the FIRST time i've entered anything for a craftster challenge!!!   Grin

as soon as i saw the challenge i knew exactly what i wanted to make!  my current purse is falling apart and i knew i had to force myself to make a new one (i've only made a couple bags and never enjoyed the process, but really enjoy the final product) i toyed with crocheting the entire bag and then felting it, but then i thought about plastic canvas- i'd never used it before and i was curious... it seemed extraordinarily useful as well.  both the front and back of the bag are stitched on plastic canvas and the rest of the outside is crocheted... i used the same yarn for the whole thing (the black and cream are red heart and the pink is lion wool)  i'm proud to say that the only thing i purchased for this project was the plastic canvas and i used my stash for the rest of the items... the canvas cost a whopping 39 cents per sheet, so i spent about $1.00 on the whole thing  Grin
and please excuse the crappy cell phone photos.....

unfortunately, this is my only in progress shot.  i chose the maroon canvas because i couldn't imagine stitching black onto black for so much space  Shocked :



here is the front of the bag:



here's the back of the bag:



here's another shot- you can see the handle better:



here's the button on the handle.... i actually wish i had used plain white 4 hole buttons, but these skull ones were what i had, i'll replace them later  Roll Eyes  but the button does function, allowing easier access to the inside of the bag :



here's a pic of the bag open- please ignore the grass clippings- my husband just mowed....



here's a close up of the stitching, and how i put it together:



detail of the crocheted side:



and a pic of the inside, with my favorite feature- a chapstick pocket!!  the lining is just some black denim i had laying around:



thanks so much for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2010 05:00:36 PM »

Awesome. Love it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010 06:06:27 PM »

Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010 07:09:39 PM »

That's totaly charming!  Nice work...and lots of it too!
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2010 07:45:19 AM »

thanks everyone!  yes, it was a lot of work, but a lot of fun! 
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2010 04:07:45 AM »

Its a wonderful job!
May I ask you a question? Where did you buy the plastic canvas? I cant find it anywhere...  Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2010 06:18:24 AM »

Its a wonderful job!
May I ask you a question? Where did you buy the plastic canvas? I cant find it anywhere...  Undecided

thank you!  i found the plastic canvas at michael's, in the needlecrafts section... good luck in finding it!
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2010 10:59:08 AM »

That's a good idea, using plastic canvas!  How did you stitch, x-stitch style or just diagonally?
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2010 11:10:09 AM »

That's a good idea, using plastic canvas!  How did you stitch, x-stitch style or just diagonally?

thanks!  i thought it would give it a better shape, and it seems to have worked.  i stitched diagonally, using "traditional" tapestry stitch (or at least that's what the site called it when i looked up how to stitch the canvas Wink  although it was hard to incorporate some of the design elements this way, especially for the small skull and scissors.  i decided to do both skulls diagonally the same direction as the black, but both pairs of scissors i did in a mirror fashion (one half going the same direction as the rest of the piece and the other half going the 'wrong' direction)  i then had to compensate with a a couple more 'unusual' stitches around the edges on the side going the 'wrong' direction, but i think it turned out better this way.
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