Felted Folk Art Purses
So here I am creating more felted purses. As you may already know I knit them, felt them and embellish them. I have moved away from embroidering with silk ribbon as I think it is not a very practical medium. Hmmm … Sometimes one does not wish to be practical! I do understand that these ribbon designs could get caught up in your handbag and may therefore be less than sensible.
My hope is that the felted purses I create could be used separately from your handbag so this is the reason I have chosen to change my outer design work. I now work with a knit fabric and hope the new designs will inspire you to purchase them.
Of course these are all hand crafted by me which makes them unique, not the kind of item you would find in the high street shops.
These purses would make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day, so go ahead and treat your Mum to something different this year; a little whimsy and a dash of practical.
To-day I am working on a simple feather and fan design for a shawl. I am using Cascade yarn in the Paints series. This particular colour way is of a dark red with navy blue splashes. I will have pictures up on Flickr soon I promise. I have had the yarn for quite a while so I’m not sure if it is still available but they will have something similar. The colour # 9926 and is 100% wool made in Peru. I am using size 10 mm needles which is size 15 American. I like to work on circular needles but this is just me ! I find that they are a lot easier for travel whether it is just to a friends or on a long road trip. I am known to carry my knitting everywhere with me. I even knit at the movies. The feather and fan is a really nice pattern to introduce you to lace knitting. This is a good beginners project. I have knitted a feather and fan shawl that can be seen on flickr and is for sale at my on line store. Well I think that is it for now I must get on and knit!
Feather and Fan
Well I had to rip it back to-day! obviously I was not paying attention. As they say “nothing without effort” how true. So I am back on track now and I have a piece of paper and pen beside me so that if I need to put it down to do something else, I just write down what comes next on my paper and when I get back to it I don’t get lost. I must say though once I got into a rhythm everything went well. This is supposed to be an easy project!
Knitting the Shawl
Just a quick note on the knitted shawl to-day. I have knitted one ball of Cascade 220 Paints. The length of the knitting is now 25″ and the width is 14 1/2″. I will start the next ball of yarn tonight.
The last picture is of the wrong side of the knitting.
Jan 26th 2010
I have wound two skeins of Cascade 220 and I’m ready to keep on knitting.
I have used this pattern before for a Rainbow Lace Capelet/Poncho here is the link
I can tell you that the shawl is now finished. I need to block it and take some pictures but the weather is really wet and rainy today. I am pleased with the end result and I am in the process of making a matching knitted and felted purse to go with it.
The rained stopped so here are the pictures.
February 20th 2010
Knitting And Felting
02/02/2010 by woolbrain | Edit
Having knitted the pouches I am now ready to felt them. I usually try to wait until I have a batch of pouches to felt as I am mindful of the hot water it requires. I fill my washing machine with hot soapy water and a few pairs of old jeans. I place each pouch in a bag and close the top with a rubber band. These are then thrown in with the jeans to agitate. The jeans help with the felting process, sometimes I use towels. The bags are made from a recycled cotton sheet and are all different sizes. The main reason for using individual bags is so that I can keep an eye on each pouches felting process and to stop the wool fibres from plugging up my washing machine! Not all wools felt the same way some take a while and others felt quickly. That is one of the reasons I love to felt, each time I get a slightly different result…. it makes life interesting.
I will set the timer for ten minutes and when the time is up I stop the washing machine( by the way it is a top loader) and check each pouch. If they have felted enough I take them out of the bag and dunk them in a bowl of cold water, rinse out all the soap and shape them. If they need more felting I just tie up the bag and throw them back into the washing machine and reset the timer and continue this procedure until they are felted sufficiently.
I have included a few pictures to day. The middle one shows the way in which I knit some of the pouches and the end result! The left hand one is a yarn I have found recently and felts beautifully with a lovely bumpy slubb like texture and the last one on the right is a pile of pouches that are ready to be felted.
The weather outside is dismal, more rain so it is the perfect day to put another log in the wood stove make a cup of tea and get felting.