Posts Tagged ‘Felted’

Felted Wristlet, Lined with Needle Felted Retro Design


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I was having fun making the quilted wristlets and decided to sew one instead of trying to write up a knitted pattern and sew it together before felting. I had fun making this. The finished bag is 9 inches wide by 7 inches tall. It is lined with a grey black and white fabric. To make this I took one ball of Paton’s classic wool in gray .(3.5 ounces) I cast on 30-30 on the bulky machine and then knitted until I almost ran out leaving enough to cast off. I used loosest mast tension and tension 9 to knit. I felted it in the washing machine and came out with a piece of wool about 10 to 11 inches wide  and  about 15 or 16 inches in length. I cut two inches off of side to use for the strap. The other piece was used for the body of the bag. I used a rotary cutter to square it up. I love the way the zippers are done on the quilted wristlets and I decided to do it the same way on the bag. What a breeze to do. It is easy when the zipper is not at the top for opening.  I did not top stitch since I don’t like the way the stitching looks and it is hard to sew in a straight line on felted fabric. I had the lining together with the fabric when I sewed in the zipper. I needle felted a retro design that I purchased from the  web site Dreamstime  before sewing the side seams. The only thing I did not like is that  after you have the zipper in you turn it inside out and sew the side seams with right sides together. That means that you see the raw edges on the inside. To remedy that, I took a 1&1/2 inch piece of lining fabric and cut it the height of the seam. I folded it in half lengthwise and pressed it. Then I opened it up and folded each raw edge of the material to the fold line and ironed it. I enclosed the side seams in by folding it over the seam and top stitching. The inside looks nicely finished.  The handle is a cut piece of wool and it looked unfinished as a strap and I did not want rope handle. I just took black wool yarn and overcast up and down both sides of the strap. I know a lot of you are not into felting and sewing and this is a lot of work. If you want the directions for the zipper just go to you tube and look up quilted Zipper bag and you will find a lot of tutorials. I can’t find the link for the pattern that I have that shows it step by step.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolors Felted Bag


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My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zpcjk688axh0l21/AADyPLyyE3isUgTOpCmzoRyba?dl=0

 

My Knitting Day Disaster


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I went into my knitting room to start a swatch for a project and this is what I ended up with. It took me the whole day deciding what to do and doing it. Not to mention the disaster my knitting room and house were in after I dragged everything out.

I decided to first put away some books laying on the floor that I don’t know where to file. Yep, that got me started. I saw this little picture of a purse that was hand knitted and had a lace edge on the flap and beads. I drew up a pattern for the machine and of course, it had to be felted. I took my stitch and row gauge and started on my pattern. I decided to make the flap with the fun fur I had that had shades of black and grey. Well, my mistake was that I used the stockinette gauge for the fairisle gauge. Wrong! During felting I checked it and the flap was not felting like the bag. The flap was way too long. After felting I trimmed the flap and it looked okay but the edges felt flimsy. I hated to scrap the purse because it felted perfectly and I liked the size. Scissors, here I come. I cut the flap off totally. Now how do I put a closure on with no flap? Can’t. So I get out sewing supplies and I have a 7 inch black zipper. I have done zippers before and they are not fun on felted fabric. Okay, let’s line it. Dig out my fabric from storage box under the bed (see how I am messing up my house?) Now I have to get my sewing machine and put it somewhere where the light is good. Dining room! (house is getting messier). But before I do the lining I have to figure out handles. Went through more sewing supplies and saw my grommets. Put the grommets in the sides in no time. Didn’t want to felt a handle since I had so much time in this already. Went through box of all cording and ribbon. I found a red nylon cord. Okay, that will not be hot to hold in warmer weather  and its strong and the red sets the purse off. Once the handle was done,  I sewed the lining pocket to the zipper and then had to put the zipper in by hand.  Ooops, can’t felt anything because the lining is in. I made a large knitted flower, used a red button and knitted a center and sewed the flower on. Done! Here is the pattern in my drop box if you just want to make this without a flap. It is knitted all in one piece .

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pij6q6v6opd5eqy/AACWZxuHG_7etXjmBEq_YViaa?dl=0

Now, here is the picture of what I started with before felting!

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Felted Pocket Purse with Fun Fur Trim


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It is a rainy gloomy day here in Ohio and of course that tells me to go to my knitting room and get happy. I was tired of working on a baby jacket so I decided to do a quick project and I love the way it turned out. And….I guessed at the number of stitches and  rows to use.

I was in the store the other day and I saw a young girl with a small purse that her hand went through the opening and she held the cord. It did not hang down much where she was holding the cord. So off I go to try something. I was shooting for a little smaller so it was just a little bigger than a cell phone but I like this size. It is 8 inches wide and 8 inches high. There is a small loop on the front part of the purse and a longer loop on the back of the purse. The long loop goes through the small loop for closure.

I used Paton’s wool yarn. It takes a whole ball. The second color is called Pelt Pelt Red Fox.  I used the Bulky Brother Machine. I used 36 stitches and 62 rows. 20 rows are the top fairisle design. At first I just knitted the wool with the fun fur but it was too bulky and could not see if the stitches knitted off. So I did a fairisle design that is every other stitch on first row and every other opposite stitch on the next row. Brother I believe has a punch card for this. I entered it electronically on mine using four stitches and two rows. Took two seconds to do that.

The fun fur really shines and is so silky looking . It has black and the red in it. Hard to capture in a picture. The fun fur is called Pelt by Lion Brand and the color is Red Fox.

 

Here is the pattern I wrote up if you would like to try it. This purse looks elegant if you saw it here. It can also be cutesy with all the different yarns out there.

This pattern is not to be used for machine production or sold as your pattern.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lj6gc8iu54mpd7a/AAApnH1pMxiw1RoH3xy2Dekha?dl=0

Another Felted Vertical Weaving Purse


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I was winding all the leftover wool yarn I had to put into a bin. I decided to make the same purse as the last and use up the leftover yarns. I knitted this with the design running all in the same direction so I could use the garter bar totally. This purse felted beautifully and the shape is perfect . But…..I am disappointed and I should have known better . I used gold, olive green and cranberry. The olive green does not show well on the darker brown on the bottom or the heather brown that is the middle color. I am so glad that I was using my left overs and did not make a special trip to buy the yarn. I will have to chalk this up as a learning experience. I even found oval rings for the handle. AND.. I put the design on the back also.

I do suppose I could needle felt a brighter green over it…..nah!

I did write the directions down if anyone just wants to try the purse to felt . You can leave the rings off and the design off if you want to just try it. Make sure you have at least 7 ounces of yarn. I actually would have been better off just doing stripes with all my leftovers. That would have been colorful.

In my drop box I have the picture of the purse, the document with the instructions and a sheet showing the graph with the increases at the beginning and the decreases as you knit up. The blue color on the side of the design is the six stitches that are added and then decreased.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oijlifv901sujtx/1DkKgcHE7t

Felted Purse with Vertical Weaving Design


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I wanted to use the garter bar to do some vertical weaving. I have known about this technique for a long time but never tried it. I decided to use it for a design on a felted purse. I started the bottom of the purse but ran into problems when the weaving went back and forth. I also wanted an uneven number of vertical weaves to add the one blue color. So I went into win/crea and came up with this design . When I started to knit and do the weaving I ran into a problem with wrapping the vertical yarns. Because my zig zags were going in opposite directions I had to wrap 4 in one direction and 3 in another. I always wrapped the middle color the same direction since it was going straight up.

I have never used the purl side for felting but I had to since the design comes out on the purl side. The sewing up of the side seams was really easy and almost invisible before felting. I call this my coffin purse. I am sure you remember hearing sweaters described that way. Only the front shows when you are in a coffin. Well, I did not want to put the work into the back since this was the first time felting using the purl side. The purse was 17 inches long   and 14 inches wide before felting and I was worried it would come out too long. After felting the size was 10 in length and 13 in width. I was amazed on the shrinkage of the length. And it turns out that I could have done the back with the weaving.

I have an electronic brother and I programmed the pattern into the machine and used the KC button. This selected the needles for wrapping and made it easy. The idea is to lift the garter bar up with the yarn and then wrap all in the same direction. Since I couldn’t do this I could use the bar to wrap three of them but hand wrapped the others. It did not slow me down much.

This last picture shows how I started by tying all the strands together.  Once the first row is knitted, it anchors the yarn and then you use the garter bar to lift the yarns up and around the needles all at one time.

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Primitive Folksy Felted Purse


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I found this hand knitting pattern and liked it. So I converted it to machine knitting but made it larger. Well…it does not look like the original. The sides were going to have a pleat but it did not felt well. So I was able to steam the pleat out and the shape is much nicer. I needle felted the circles and sewed the brown “beads” on top of each circle. Then I added a tassel of the beads to the left side. I decided to make the handle with the beads in it. I knitted 20 rows of 3 needle “I” cord and put a bead in and continued till I had 200 rows. I felted  it in my table top felter and when I took it out it looked like a native necklace! Not sure if I liked it and  then I noticed that the finish had come off of the beads and they were very dull. Can’t use that and it was just as well.  So I went back and knitted another “I” cord and started and finished each end with 16 rows of stockinette to act like a tab on each side. I added a magnetic clasp for closure so it would not look funny with a button along with the design. I was happy when I started this and wrote everything down so I could share the pattern with you …ha, ha,ha…..what a waste of time. Not worth making it like this again.

Love My Meeces to Pieces


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My Little “Meeces”

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto the cutest mouse pattern by Lorraine Pistorio. The pattern is called Christmas & Hanukkah Mice.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-christmas–hanukkah-mice
It is a hand knitting pattern but I figured I would try to convert to machine knitting. Great pattern, pictures, and detail!  What I found out is that I was able to knit the body on the machine after hand knitting to row 12. I was able to knit the arms on the machine. The head I was able to do after row 10 and the ears after a couple of rows. The feet had to be done by hand. The time it took on the machine was about 3 hours whereas by hand was about 2 days of knitting off and on. The first one I made by hand, I overstuffed and it would not felt down well. So, the second one that I made, I lightly stuffed so the piece would not felt together. I left an opening in the body, head and feet to add stuffing afterwards and this is what I have. I knitted a little scarf and felted it. I even felted the candy cane. He is supposed to have a Christmas Santa hat but I love his ears so much I hate to cover one!  I may needle felt the inside of his ears with a light pink. The other felted mouse is the one made from the MKN pattern insert and it is in machine knitting instructions.

I love Lorraine Pistorio’s pattern just as it is knitted but you know me and felting! 🙂

Diana Sullivan’s Sew as You Go Lined Slippers


Felted Slipper Side View

Felted Slipper Side View
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After Felting-Size 8

 

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Knitted Larger-Before Felting

 

After getting frustrated with trying that technique on my passap I had to walk away. I didn’t walk far though. I decided to sit on the floor and go through stacks of things that I hadn’t filed yet. I came across my hand out from the seminar I went to last September featuring Diana Sullivan . Her sew as you go lined slippers were so cute just knitted. While I was looking at them I decided to try to felt them. I knitted them on the Bulky machine using Natures brown wool and oatmeal for the liner. I used tension 7 for the liner and 8 for the outer part. I was doing well until it came to knitting the last triangle to sew as you go to close them and finish. I had a hand out sheet that was a little harder to do without the whole book and pattern and no pictures. So I left it on the machine and went back to it this morning. I decided to go ahead and knit and see what came out. I figured it out but had picked up the wrong stitch when I started the sew as you go and was a stitch off on the side. I went back and did it again and was successful. It is so nice doing this without sewing together when you are finished. Before I left the house this morning, I felted them and I love them. They are lighter than my other slippers and I think they take less yarn. I quickly felted a flower (that is slightly off center-lol) to see how they would look with a little bit of embellishment.  Now here is my suggestion. Add about 8 to 10 stitches on width if you are going to felt them. This is a woman’s medium.

The reason I would add stitches for width is because the seams on the toe show slightly . If I felted more on this one, they would have been for a child. It only took about 4 minutes to felt these.

In the picture the inside of heel may look funny but it is just the indentation of my shoe stretcher that I put in for drying to my size.

In a week I will try to post how you knit the sew as you go part. I know there is a lot of confusion on it from people that have tried. I also understand that the video has been removed on how to do it. It is simple but when you are told what to do you think huh? that makes no sense. Well worth trying it though.

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