Archive for Braided Fringe

Felted Purse with Heart Braid


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The first thing I thought of when I made the sample of the heart braid by Pat Wetzel was that it would make a strongĀ strap on a purse. Here is what I came up with. Let me tell you that I should sell this as a bowling bag because this strap will never break! My husband said that the bag looked like a duffel bag from WWII before it was felted. šŸ˜¦

I made the braid handle on 11 stitches and the braid around the flap on 5 stitches. I attached the handles to the bag before felting and I sewed the bottoms(where they attach to the purse)Ā together so the strap would stay in the right direction.Ā I attached the braid around the flap before felting also.Ā  The colors are heather brown and oatmeal. I don’t know that I will add any needle felting since it may be too much design. And….now the trim does not look like a heart! The bottom picture is before the felting.

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Braided Fringe On the Passap and the Brother Machines


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I’m back! I have been doing some serious cleaning in my house and have not done much knitting. Of course the temptation is strong to quit cleaning! Anyway, I saw this fringe on you tube with Diana Sullivan demonstrating the technique on a Silver Reed machine I believe.

I tried it on the Brother machine and I put the needle on the far right in hold position and then put the yarn under the needle and knitted back. It worked quite well since the stitch to the far right was not knitting well since it was not e wrapped on. So then I thought, this can be done on the passap too. The only difference is that you have to work on the back bed of the passap and you have to open the beds up every four rows to twist the loops and lift the bars from the two rows below. This will make sense if you watch the video. I also saw a video of a woman hand knitting a scarf and she stopped mid row and did one of these braids. She did a whole row of them and it was cute and unusual. I think this fring is so cute and would look good on a scarf or as purse trim….hmmmm….
So….which one did I do on the Passap?