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Friday, April 29, 2005

a couple more felted FOs

Well you lovely readers were chalk full of good ideas for stiffening your felted bag bottoms. I think I may have to try some of that perforated plastic that Amanda suggested. I also like Miriam’s idea to glue the board in place. That might keep it from shifting around too much.

Jen, please let us all know how your front loader felting experience goes. Wool Winder’s idea to use plastic placemats is an idea after my tightwad heart. You can usually pick those up for a song at garage sales and the season has already begun down here in the south. Valerie also suggested an economical idea to be on the lookout for in those plastic notebook covers. Martha, I love your idea to knit a pocket to hold the foam core board. I will have to think of a design to create one of these that doesn’t involve any sewing. Let us know what your sister says about her bag bottom Lisa. Clearly more user surveys are required to find out just the right combination to create a sagless bottom.

Now for your felting pleasure are a couple more bags that I finished up this week. The blue bag was actually knitted by my MIL. She is English and learned how to knit as a child. She knitted the bag part but had no idea what icord was so she gave the lot of it back to me. I finished it up, felted it, and am planning to surprise her with is this weekend. We’re going off to enjoy a garden tour. So you folks will have those pictures to look forward to on my blog this weekend.

Sadly, I had to say goodbye to my green felted bag with the lovely flower pin. I knitted it for a dear friend of mine who begged me to knit one for her for a charity auction after she saw the first one that I knitted. I truly hated to see this one go because I loved the colors so much. I was especially pleased with it because I’d heard from nearly everyone that the white or light Lopi colors wouldn’t felt. Well I’ll be gosh darned if mine didn’t felt just as well as the green part. I was especially proud of that purse but I know that it is going off for a good cause.


Anonymous Colleen said...

Very cute bags!

7:15 AM  
Blogger Rossana said...

You're a purse-felting Queen! Lovely bags!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

They look great--I just love felted bags!

Have a good weekend :)

7:51 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

What a sweet surprise for your've officially earned the title "bag lady". Should we start a 12 step program? :O)

8:57 AM  
Blogger ErLeCa said...

All of these felted bags look excellent! What great presents!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Kim in Oregon said...

Great bags. congrats!

6:44 PM  
Blogger eyeleen said...

very cute bags, I just love felting. Have you tried using plastic canvas for the saggy bottoms? Cheap and very easy to cut into the shape you need.

11:20 PM  
Blogger The Stitchin' Sheep said...

What a felting frenzy you're in these days. I've got a felted bag on my list of things to knit, but I haven't gotten around to it.

Anyway, you've won the Chicken Naming Contest. Come see my site for instructions for claiming your prize.

4:29 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

I love the bags. What pattern are these made from? Very cool!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

You must be knitting at Turbo speed! The bags look great, and I'm sure you'll find the perfect stiffiner.

You could just bend a nice heavy wire, like a coathanger, into a rectangle and stich it into each side--it won't stiffen, but it will tension the bottom into being a flat surface and require minimum needlecraft. --wrap it in yarn or slip it in icord if you want it matchy)

Oh, and my own little tip...if you felt a test swatch, keep it and you can use it for an extra pocket on the inside, or stich it into a little matching change purse.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Your bags are great! It's hard to stop with just one, isn't it?

8:40 AM  
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8:40 PM  
Anonymous monogrammed purse said...

Hi there General Ginger. I was on the search engines searching for purse and handbag related websites using the keyword beijo purse and found your awesome page with the title a couple more felted FOs. I am looking for ideas on how I could improve my own site using different keywords and was amazed how easy it was to find your site using the keyword beijo purse. One day soon, perhaps we could do a link exchange at some point. Anyway, thanks for your time and I’m glad I found you on the web.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found a corrugated plastic that stiffened the bottoms of my felted purses really well. It looks like corrugated cardboard, about 1/4 inch thick, it's clear plastic, and cuts with shop shears. I sewed pockets into the bottoms of of my purses with pieces of fabric and slid the plastic pieces into the pockets.


7:43 PM  

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