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« on: September 15, 2006 03:58:18 PM »

Here are the pics from the handbags and felted purses I had on display at our neighborhood festival last weekend.  It was fabulous to get all of the compliments.  Although I didn't sell too much, I did get lots of interest - including a reporter from the local paper to include my work in an upcoming feature.  I expect commissions from a couple of people to visited and since, have had two small commissions...I guess I'm now in business!!

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2006 04:35:32 PM »

ooh, these are pretty.  my favorite is the fourth down.

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2006 04:44:09 PM »

I'd buy the first one immediately!
Do you need a cute purse to go with that outfit?
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2006 07:15:53 PM »

Very cool!  I really like all the wool bags you made.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2006 03:51:23 AM »

Lovely! I think everyone should have a felted bag for the winter.

« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2006 05:15:47 PM »

I love your felted bags. I've got about a dozen sweaters felted but have been too nervous to cut into them as yet. May I ask how you get the rounded like strap? These sweaters are so thick I can't picture how to make a strap like that- they certainly could never be turned.
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2006 08:23:43 PM »

they are lovely! And that article coming out should  be a great boost in sales and calls. Be sure you are ready for it!

« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2006 09:59:45 AM »

These bags are fulled - they are knitted and then washed to shrink them down.  The handles are done by knitting either three or four stitches on double-pointed kneedles and instead of turning the work, you carry the wool around the back of the stitches and knit every row - it results in circular knitting.  If you knit you could find coordinating wool to do the strap.  If, not, remember that once you felt the sweater you can cut the piece and not have to worry about the work unravelling.  So what about taking a section of the arm as the handle?  If you don't find it sturdy enough, try using a bias tape backing in a coordinating colour.  You might have to use tissue paper between the wool and the foot of your machine - but you will know that when you sew the body of the bag. 

Good news on the newpaper - I got the call to have slippers ready for the photo shoot - I will be in Christmas gifts article in the Toronto Star November 23rd.!  Very exciting.....
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006 06:14:05 PM »

Thank you so much for the info. I finally attempted to sew a pouch style bag from a felted sweater- wish I had known about the paper between the fabric and the foot   Angry- LOL!!! It was really difficult to get it to move. I will definately be using some paper from now on. Thanks also for the handle info. I have tons of wool knitting yarn from a past life hobby, I will try that.

Congrats on the newspaper article- and best of luck!
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