Monday, September 25, 2006

Photo Op ...

This is a recently-finished felted purse sitting on a piece of the lining I used. I took the photo on my new camera phone and am trying to see if I can mount it on the blog. Hope this works!

I made the purse from Noro Kureyon - what else? - then trimmed a piece of plastic canvas for the bottom and sewed it in by hand before lining it with some great material I got on sale at Hobby Lobby. Does anyone else line their felted purses?

My next project is socks. For the Sock Hop, of course. But I'm stymied about what yarn to buy. All suggestions welcome!


Blogger Annie said...

I highly recommend sock yarn from Lisa Souza at It's inexpensive ($14 for wool/nylon blend 450 yds or $16 for merino 560 yds) and lightening fast shipping--I ordered some on a Sat. morning and received it Monday, shipped from CA and ending up in CT!! Gorgeous colorways and solids!

8:47 AM  
Blogger ambermoggie said...

Try Lisa Souza as Annie says, I ordered here in Scotland and it came in just 4 days. Great service. Love the bag, one of my fav yarns kureyon

9:14 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Wow, that is fast service. And one can never have too much sock yarn...must shop.

Fran - I've lined all the purses I've made so far - not felted ones, but I prefer my purses lined with something smooth and sturdy, so I'm sure when I try the felted pattern I'll continue the practice.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

My poor hand-sewing skills keep me from trying patterns that require linings. I love linings. I crave them. But even though I can do (or could do; it's been a long time) fine embroidery, I am a total failure when it comes to the nice neat invisible stitches required for this kind of thing. Any secrets you'd like to share??

12:39 PM  
Blogger Dallas Schulze said...

Fran - The choices in sock yarn are nearly infinite. Do you want fingering weight yarn or something heavier? Self-striping? Solids? Hand-dyed?

Give us some hints and we'll bombard you with options.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy said...

Barbara: I hate sewing. I CAN do it, but i'm a perfectionist. I rip and re-sew every seam at least three times. Ugh! Not worth it!

My secret? Pay somebody else to do it. :-D Locally-owned dry cleaners usually do sewing and tailoring for a very reasonable fee.

Good luck!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

I look at everyone else's pics and realize what an amateur photographer I am. But I'm learning ...

Same with socks. I'm learning. I'll have to try the Lisa Souza yarn. Dallas, I think I want self-striping yarn - at least to start, I do. I love loud socks, and I wear them from about mid- to late-September (like, now) to late April. Cold feet, warm heart!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Dallas Schulze said...

Barbara - I've got an easy option for your hand sewn linings - why don't you send them to your friend in Oregon? I'm sure she'd be happy to assist.

Fran - Loud socks? You're a woman after my own heart! For loud, self-striping sock yarn, check out Lana Grossa or Regia. In my experience, Opal's colors tend to be a little softer. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock also has some nice bright colors but they seem to be a little more moody when it comes to how they stripe.

Unless you're lucky enough to have a LYS with a good selection of sock yarn, your best bet for a wide selection might be Ebay. If you aren't an Ebay person, you could still use it as a resource to find something you like and then find it elsewhere on the Web.

And in my sock blindness, I forgot to tell you how pretty that bag is. You make me want to felt something. I haven't lined any of the felted bags I've made but I like the idea. I think it gives the bag a much more finished look.

10:32 PM  

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