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Old 08-30-2007, 07:31 AM   #1
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Finally finally finished felted purse WITH SNAP!
I am trying to make a small felted purse from the following pattern:

http://julisjots.blogspot.com/2005/0...d-crochet.html

Juli says to basically knit a large stockinette rectangle, then felt it, then finish it by sewing up the sides. I wanted to make mine similar, just a little bigger, and I plan to add an I-cord strap.

I finished the rectangle, but it seems to me that it would be easier to sew up the sides and THEN felt it. What do you guys think?

I have never felted anything and I am a beginning knitter with only a few dishcloths and a scarf under my belt...

Anyway, here are photos of what I have so far... The first pic is the right side of the whole rectangle. YES it is knit with 2 different colorways of Noro Kureyon. WHY would anyone do that? By accident of course. I thought they were the same color as the outsides were the same and they were in the same bin in the LYS. I didn't bother to read the color labels until later. Whoops. The first skein starts at the left with the green and ends with the green. I used most of the second skein and saved some for the seaming and I cord. I think (hope) it will look okay in the end...

The second photo is of the bottom folded up where I plan to seam it. I don't like the mustard color at the top so I am hoping to cover it with the top flap... The third photo is about what the top will look like with the flap closed.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:33 AM   #2
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I would seam it now, butI don't have much felting experience to date. Noro is awesome, BTW!
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And finally a photo of what the back will look like...

So what do you think... seam then felt, or felt then seam???

Now to learn how to make some I cord for the strap...

This is my practice purse so I can work out the problems and then make one for my BFF for her b-day. I got 2 skeins of the SAME COLORWAY of Noro Kureyon for that one.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:28 PM   #4
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I would seem then felt!
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I would absolutely seam then felt. Teh seam should be nice and sturdy as it will get 'locked' in by the felting process. I might matress stitch for seamimg - I have done back stitch and had some so-so results. HTH
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:38 PM   #6
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I would also seam, then felt. But before felting, I'd baste the flap in place together with the sides and the bottom of flap against the bag, so it would all shrink evenly. You could use white crochet thread and a tapestry needle. Then take out the thread while the bag is still wet.
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Thanks guys! I seamed the bag today and plan to felt it tomorrow. Good idea about basting the flap in place.
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:13 AM   #8
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I'm not sure about basting the flap to the purse body - won't that increase the chance the flat will felt itself to the body, effectively felting the purse permanently closed?

I agree, otherwise there's a chance the flap will be mis-shappened, but I'm not sure what you can do about that.

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Old 08-31-2007, 07:36 AM   #9
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I hope you stitched it loosely - I hear that the wool in the seams can felt so that the seams pucker if not, yeah?

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Yikes! I got lazy (and a little worried about felting it closed) and didn't baste down the flap. The flap did end up a little misshapen (narrower than the purse body) so I tugged and pulled and pinned it. I think it will be okay.

I actually sewed the seams insanely tight (before I read redwitch's advice). Oops. It didn't seem (seam? haha) to pucker though. Whew!

There are so many points in this project where my ignorance could have caused horrible results, but somehow I think it is going to be okay. Beginner's luck? It's drying right now tacked to some cardboard. I'll post pics when it dries out.
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