Amy – How A Felted Jumper Becomes A Handbag – E-book Tutorial

~ This E-book Tutorial (12 pages) is available as PDF downloads from this blog & on Ravelry, Etsy & Zibbet ~

Reclaim that old woollen jumper & turn it into a stylish handbag

It’s easy to become excited about this up-cycled, eco-friendly project & even easier to make. The tutorial takes you through the basics of washing machine felting, laying out pattern or template & embellishments – the step-by-step instructions are given in written form with clear photos & diagrams with some alternatives included

Requirements:

* Old woollen jumper

* Top-load washing machine

* Pure soap

* Template – 26 cm (10”) embroidery hoop or strong cardboard

* Sewing machine

* Crochet hooks of choice

* Eyelash yarn of choice

* Plain 8ply yarn of choice

* Sharp scissors

* Darning needle

* Sewing needle & strong cotton thread

* 2 buttons/beads

One for the cowboy/girls & one for the Pink Princess

2 new additions to the shop – the colours in the glasses case simply remind me of cowboys – hence Rodeo & the cushion cover is just over-the-top for those Pink Princesses out there…..

Rodeo – Glasses Case

 

2009 FF Crochet Challenge – 4 Seasons

here are my 2 pieces for the 2009 Freeform Challenge – Four Seasons

But please… check out the 52 amazing Artists from around the world who contributed to this wonderful Exhibition – it is sure to inspire & delight

And a huge THANK YOU! to Myra Wood for all her hard work putting it together

Summer: the time for tropical flowers, the beach, the surf, & an abundance of sunshine

 

 

Winter: when all Australian wild flowers are in their full glory

Free Pattern – Fascinator – Curly Felted Dahlia

 

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download (pdf 671.4K).

Suggested yarn – I used Panda Myth 8 ply for flower but any suitable felting yarn of choice can be used
for Greenery I used Katia Madison & 28 gauge jewellery wire
Fascinator bases should be available from most good craft suppliers
 
Curly Felted Dahlia
* make 18 ch
Row 1: ss in 2nd ch from hook, dc (US sc) in next ch, htr (US hdc) in next ch, tr (US dc) in next 4 ch, dtr (US tr) in next 5 ch, tr (US dc) in next 2 ch, htr (US hdc) in next ch, dc (US sc) in next ch, ss in last ch, repeat from * 11 times more, finish off leaving a long tail – 12 petals – wind petals into flower shape & sew securely in place
Variation: make more or less foundation ch (for more/less number of petals), work higher or shorter posted stitches along foundation ch (for thicker/thinner petals)
Flower centre: [change colour here if desired] – into an adjustable base ring work 3 ch & 15 tr (US dc) then finish off leaving a long tail threaded onto a darning needle, pull adjustable base ring tail tight to close centre, with darning needle sew & gather together along top edge, pull tight & sew to centre of petals
Variation: work more or less / higher or shorter posted stitches into adjustable base ring
Greenery: cut lengths of wire slightly longer than desired size, starting approx 3cm from end, work approx 15 dc (US sc) over wire, bend to form a loop then continue working dc (US sc) over both the wire end & along wire to approx 3cm from end , use this wire end to secure.
Variation: work a combination of higher/shorter stitches along wire

Felting Method: I prefer the hand-felting method below, however if you want to machine-felt, place flowers in a laundry bag & check often on felting progress

1. Have your flower ready
2. Fill sink/basin with about a litre of the hottest water you can tolerate and work soap into a lather
3. Place your flower into the hot soapy water and rigorously rub and squeeze it in both hands – keep topping up with hot water and soap. Depending on the wool used, this step requires quite a bit of time and effort before it begins to felt. From time to time run it under cold water, then repeat the squeezing and rubbing and continuous dipping it in the hot soapy water. The more times you repeat this procedure the thicker the felt will become.
4. When you’re satisfied your flower has felted, rinse it well, soap residue dulls the lustre of the wool and weakens the fibres over time.
5. Roll flower in a towel, squeeze out excess water, roll up each petal & secure with rust-proof pins & allow to air dry naturally on a drying rack

Assembly:I covered the Fascinator base with a hand-felted patch & the flower, greenery & beads were then attached to the felt-covered base – by all means copy what I’ve done but don’t be afraid to experiment – this pattern is meant as a guide only – enjoy…
This pattern has not been fully tested – so let me know if there are any typo’s or other such nasties…
* Also please note: I’m very happy for you to use this pattern for fun, personal challenge, gifts & fundraisers – but not so happy if you re-print it for others or sell it for profit – you know the drill -copyright & all that!! Thanks….

playing around with felt

 

had a great time felting these crochet flowers & playing around freeforming with wet felt