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« on: June 02, 2005 05:01:31 PM »

I've played around with roving, made pictures, little ducks, and such, but completed my first "real" needle felting project today, a purse.  Is it better to wet felt the purse to ensure stability?  Its pretty strong (I put 4-5 layers of roving total over my form), but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005 05:52:31 PM »

how big of a purse is it?  what are you going to keep in it?
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2005 05:58:48 PM »

Its about 14-16 inches across and about 12-14 inches tall.  I'd like to use it as I do most purses and carry wallet, cell phone, brush, and other purse junk.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005 09:31:16 AM »

just thinking about the anture of needle felted felt, if i were you, i would line the purse and be done with it.  if you use something reasonable to line it it will add enough strength, and then the bristles of your brush won't come pokling out at an inopportune moment.  Lining will also help to keep that crud that always collect in the bottom of purses from embedding itself in the fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005 10:11:16 PM »

Thanks for the feedback, Rachel.  I have very poor sewing skills but might be able to muster up some sort of lining.  Any suggestions on sewing the lining in the felt?  I'd prefer if the thread doesn't show through.

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2005 05:09:02 PM »

sewing stuff to felt is pretty easy because it's so thick and lofty.  use a color-coordinating thread and just sorta sew to the middle of the felt and then back out again.  the stitches will be pretty well hidden, and if you mess up you can always tack some more wool over top.

Since it's a lining, no-one has to look at it, so don't be too afraid.

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2005 05:45:25 PM »

another good idea would be to felt the wool to the fabric. the best parts about this is that you will not need to sew anything and it will be really sturdy. you can needle felt them together, the easiest way to do this is lay your purse flat with the fabric under it and then go at it with either your needles or some hot water and soap!
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2005 06:01:19 AM »

...my first "real" needle felting project today, a purse.  Is it better to wet felt the purse to ensure stability?  Its pretty strong (I put 4-5 layers of roving total over my form), but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Lining is a great idea.  Your idea of wet felting is a good one too.

IMHO, Strength depends on your fiber and how densely you felted it.    How does it look and feel to you.  Carry it around the house for a day with things in it.   You will find out pretty fast if it will loose shape or have poke through problems.

Then you can either punch it some more, wet felt it (heavily or just pour hot water over it to develop a crust), or line it -- or some combination of all three.

Best wishes, felting is so much fun.

woops, just noted the dates, my reply is probably way late for help.  What did you end up doing and how did it work out?

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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2005 07:01:33 AM »

woops, just noted the dates, my reply is probably way late for help.  What did you end up doing and how did it work out?

Actually, its in the trunk of my car, waiting to be finished.  I took it to show a friend what needle felting is, but forgot all about it.  So, it hasn't been completed.  Oops!!  I think I will wet felt this one (and possibly line it), as I'm a little nervous about it being strong enough.

Thanks, guys!
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2005 06:38:10 PM »

Hi 706Designs,  Did you ever finish this wonderful purse?  I'mmmmmmmm waiting. Grin
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