Archive for Needle Felting

Felted Autumn Messenger Bag


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This is my latest felting creation. I used the same pattern that I made for another felted purse. That pattern might be in my blog. I saw the idea for the design on the front cover of a knitting magazine. That picture of the front of a sweater just used the two colors of the purse for the leaves. It needed more color so I made my leaves in fall colors. I put swivel hooks on the strap that disconnect. I have a short handle and a longer handle in case someone wants to have a messenger bag. I also put a brown sport zipper in the top for total closure. I also have felted acorns hanging from the hook on the left side of the purse. I had a woman that bought a purse from me with those on it and she said everyone she got a comment from on the purse said they liked the acorns. When I showed her the purse when I first finished, she told me to put the acorns on. The color of the purse is Natures brown and Oatmeal. It is really hard to get a picture of the brown yarn. For the diagonal design I knitted intarsia, decreasing every two rows. I decreased one stitch and knitted two rows, then I decreased two stitches and knit two rows. I continued that way so that the diagonal would go all the way to the right corner in the number of rows I had to work with.

Small Felted Fling Purse


 

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TWO INSIDE POCKETS

TWO INSIDE POCKETS

I am trying to get some things done for my etsy store and decided to share this little purse with you. It is called the fling purse and it is a hand knitting pattern that I bought from Carol Bristol Designs. I made one plain and then I decided to use up some of the incomplete balls of yarn that I had to make diagonal stripes like I did on another purse. On this purse the diagonal colors are only on the front and they wrap around the side since the sides are knitted while doing the front piece. The reason I did this is because I wanted 20 stitches for each stripe width and there were 59 stitches.(I increased to 60)

Things started out okay but drew a blank on how to do the fourth diagonal. It finally came to me after about three days. lol   I finished it , sewed it together and felted it and was sick when I opened the washing machine. I had one beige color that was not wool!!! All that work, time and yarn wasted. So I went back and did it again. I made up several knitted leaves in all colors and felted them. I had knitted this oak leaf first that is on this bag but it was way too large. When the little leaves looked funny I decided to felt the large oak leaf and it came out the perfect size. I only put one leaf on and one acorn.

I put two pockets on the back piece inside. In my directions I explain how I attached it while knitting the back. You have to knit the pocket first to do this. I like the size and the way they both came out. I needle felted a chickadee on one bag and used an “I” cord for the flower he is sitting on.

Here are my directions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. These are fun to make.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o1jhffjq8tczgqk/AABjRIm2mi7qVwqX_GT6b7Jva?dl=0

 

 

 

 

 

Felted Flap Purse with Retro Tree


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I knitted this purse and then felted in the washing machine. I came up with the idea of the design from a vintage wall hanging. I used my ball felter for the larger balls and needle felted the smaller ones. I used swivel hooks for the straps. I put braiding along the edge of the flap and used braiding on the tree . The size is 10 inches high and 12&1/2 wide.  this purse is basically the same as the leaf purse I just finished but I used fewer stitches. When I worked on the back flap I increased stitches and knitted a total of 60 rows.

If you would like to try this, the pattern is in my drop box.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sqt06pk9jmo91gx/AABb6TpT98QZd-l5prM7caUna?dl=0

Autumn Leaves Felted Purse with Acorns


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I got side tracked. What else is new? I had a very nice lady from Georgia  buy a felted purse and mouse and felted slippers from my Etsy store. She wanted a purse for fall . She asked if the length of the handle could be adjusted. She got me thinking and all of a sudden I came up with a fall design and adjustable handles.  First I knitted the fronts and backs in Intarsia. Did I tell you I hate intarsia work? Each side took me well over five hours. I found some swivel hooks that could attach to the purse.This way, she can change the handle to different lengths.  I sewed up the purse and went off to felt-the fun part. It took at least fifteen minutes to felt to this size.  When the purse was dry, I needle felted the veins on the leaves. Another 4 hours. lol  While I was needle felting I remembered on my other felted purse that I did a felted acorn. Well, my friend from Craft Gossip web site had given me a whole bag of felted acorns she made and I thought they would look cute hanging from the side. I had to get my drill out to drill holes in them to get the yarn through to hang them.  Then I was going to put two magnetic clasps for closure but did not have any left in my stash. I did have this closure which was more expensive And  I think it looks better on this purse.

Now the strap. Oh brother…..I did not want to do an “I” cord because the handle comes out round. I wanted more of a flat strap. I just knitted ten stitches plain and felted and it looked awful.  I was laying in bed and in the morning I wondered about knitting circular , no seam and it should lay flat. So I made a short one and felted in my table top felter. Yep, that works. I went back and went to knit it and realized I did not have a whole lot of yarn left. Uh, oh, better get this right. Meanwhile, the woman who bought the other items asked if she could see it. Yep, she wanted it. So I emailed her for the length she wanted and that was a good thing. When I felted the strap I wanted 19 inches in length because the swivel hook on each side took up 3 inches. I took it out at 21 and decided to put it in the dryer and eureka!!!! It went to the correct size.

So I went to the post office today so she can take this purse on her trip to see her sister.

The pattern I made up is in my drop box if you want to make it. I made the designs in DAK and then printed from DAK. I printed them out and scanned them and put them in the drop box. If you have trouble reading them I can save the file as a bmp or jpg and email it to you.

Well, I need to get back to the dog afghan but I have another idea for a felted purse. 🙂

Must be the cooler weather coming.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/itshxo9c5duhqca/AADOFKIwGFWhXOofEj2LKOZia?dl=0

Felted Slippers with Flip FLop Soles


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My husband is back in the hospital so no knitting just yet. I happened to have a pair of these slippers knitted and sewn together. I felted them the other morning  and then took the slipper to the hospital and needle felted the design on the top. I bought flip flops and decided to see if they would work for a sole for the bottom. I think they turned out cute. I used the product shoe goo to glue to the sole and they are holding perfectly. I wanted something I could walk down the driveway to get the paper or I will give them to my sister since she goes on their deck in the early morning when it is cold. I bought two other pairs of flip flops in a fuschia  color and a lime color. I only paid 2 dollars for the flip flops at Joann’s. If you want to try this, get your flip flops now since you can’t find them in the winter. I had this idea to try since last year but just now found the flip flops at a reasonable price.

I used Lion Brands Oatmeal color wool. I bought a size M flip flop.

Felted Clog Slippers with a Needle Felted Poppy


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My ADHD is taking me all over with my different crafts. I had these slippers made quite awhile ago but I needed a product called Very Velvet for the black stamens in the flower. It was priced at 3.25 to 3.75 for about five yards I think but the shipping was $7.00!!!!!!!

I don’t mind paying for some things but when the shipping is more than the product, that is ridiculous. You can mail items  under 13 ounces for pennies. So these sat and then I got an idea while in JoAnn Fabric store. You will see what I used in the picture below. Didn’t cost me anything since I had some left over in my house. Took less than a half yard! I wrapped it around the green middle and needle felted it in. Then I picked the little hairs to stand up and then trimmed short. Works for me!!!

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Felted Ball Ornament with Needle Felted Santa


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I made this ornament last year but did not finish it. It looked funny with a bow at the top. I tried felted yarn and it did not look good. So this morning I decided to try to get the look of the metal caps that are on ball ornaments. You can see it better in the second picture.

Felted Santa Ornament

Felted Mini Stocking Ornament


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I tried another ornament from Kay Furfaros’s book. I followed her pattern but just put my tension up at 8.. and it came out a decent size. It is 5 inches long and about 3 inches at the widest part. I then needle felted some holly and berries on it. THe stocking opens up to put things in like money but not wide enough for a gift card. This did not take long to do so I don’t have to charge 50 dollars for it in my Etsy store!

Felted 12 Hour Blue Eyed Santa


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I call this my 12 hour Santa because that is probably the amount of time I spent getting this pattern to work for me. This is my second one. I started the pattern by following Terri L. Burns Santa pattern in her book Timely Treasures. On my first one I knitted a garter stitch for the brim of hat and cuffs but after felting it disappeared. Also after felting, the cuffs, pom pom, hat brim and face turned PINK!! I was going to scrap this one but then I decided I could needle felt the white part except for the face and make it all white again. I used a silky roving that is a bear to work with. I swear his hair and beard were growing while I was attaching them. I also had knitted mittens but they were too big after felting and I removed them and did felted ones. That turned out to be faster and better. The following pictures show how I made it and sewed it together. I started with the sleeves (that I made up) and put them on garter bar. Then when I knitted to the neck, I took that off on a garter bar and hung the sleeves (folded in half with the seam towards the body) on four stitches where the sides of the body are  and then I rehung the body and finished the face and hat. I lightly stuffed the hat so I could fold it down. I gave him pinker cheeks, red lips and blue eyes. Who would not want this Santa to visit you?

He will probably be the only one I make! Do you think 50 dollars is too much to ask for in my Etsy store? lol  Just kidding

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Felted Ornament with Folk Art Santa


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I won’t bore you with a lot of information. I had the ornament already felted. I didn’t use it because you can still see the stitches. Decided to try the needle felted Santa and it was HARD to do!! I reduced the picture to half  the size of pattern. This took more time than the larger one on the felted mitten!  😦

Oh, I did use a darker red on this one than I did on the mitten. It is not the camera

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