Make an Easy No-Knit Felted Pursecomments (2) June 13th, 2008
There are a few ways to create a trendy felted purse. First, you could take the time to knit a very large, purse-like shape from 100-percent wool yarn and repeatedly shrink felt it in a hot agitating bath in your washing machine until you achieve the size you were aiming for. Second, you could repurpose a commercially knitted 100-percent wool sweater, felt it by washing in hot water and hot dryer, cut it to the desired shape and sew it into a purse. Finally you could try the quickest and most fun method I have found so far. Using wool roving as your medium, fashion a spectacular purse with a dry needle-felt method, shaping it onto a craft-foam rectangle. You complete the felting process with a sprayer full of water, a short ride in the dryer, and a boiling-hot rinse—voilá!—a custom designed purse worthy of a night on the town!
What you’ll need:
Craft-foam block (for the purse form)
Plastic wrap (the old school smooth Saran Wrap not the sticky Glad Press 'n' Seal—this will stick to your roving)
Water-soluble embroidery stabilizer (available at most sewing machine and craft stores)
Straight pins with a prominent head (ball head or T-pins)
Needle-felting tools (Clover Needle Felting Tool with heavy-gauge needles worked well on the flat areas. I recommend an individual medium-size felting needle for the edges and curves. You could use an individual needle for the entire process, but it may take slightly longer to complete)
Spray bottle full of water
A leg from a pair of pantyhose
Step 1: Wrap a craft-foam block with plastic wrap.
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