Thursday, November 02, 2006

Fun first purse

Those of you who were on the blog from the beginning saw my first felting effort, but many have joined us since then, so I'll share again, if that's okay.

Lion Wool Print in Ocean Blues, the Booga Bag pattern (with liberties taken) generously taught me by Fran, and 10.5 bamboo circulars, as I recall.

Before and after photos--I loooove felting!


Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Jean, my daughter was looking over my shoulder as I admired your purse photos and now she's lobbying for one. "Mom, that purse is totally awesome. I love it! Could you make one like that?"

Well, I always need gift ideas so I guess I'd better ask you for the full details. Where do I find the Booga Bag pattern and what liberties did you take?

(BTW, she's right: the purse is awesome.)

9:25 AM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

I adore this purse! I also want to know where to get the pattern.

I'm going tonight to buy the yarn to make my felted slippers.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jean Brashear said...

Well, Nancy, tell your daughter thanks! (And thank you, too, Cindi!)

The Booga Bag pattern Fran told me about is at

It was part liberties taken, part inexperience, but the finished purse is about 5 1/2" high and 7" wide because I kept agitating it to shrink it more but certainly didn't have to. (Except that girls, like your daughter, like them tiny. I don't like big purses, either, so I'm with them.) But it could be bigger, that's for sure, according to the pattern.

Then I used a brooch my mother had bought me in a museum store (but I have a zillion pieces of vintage costume jewelry that would work, too--love the stuff!) and a braided cord that was meant for draperies that I threaded through instead of the I-cord I'd felted (sorry, Dawn--fulled!)

It was all an experiment, but I'm pretty tickled at how it turned out!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Thanks, Jean! I'm headed to the URL.

3:45 PM  

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