Don’t tread on me details

My Don’t Tread on Me purse/bag went from this…

..to this in a few steps.

After the first cycle through the washer.

That blob of stuff in the upper left is what I pulled out of the washer and was attached to the bag as it felted.

Second cycle…and more fuzziness.

The raised lines are felting into the bag.

I needed a third hot/cold wash cycle to get the final felting I wanted.  This is a close-up of the strap.  See all that fuzz?!?!

I started defuzzing the strap.  See the difference between the left side and the right side?

The main bag portion getting sheared.

These duckbill scissors worked great and I didn’t worry (too much) about accidentally cutting into the felted fabric.

A piece of foam cut to size serves as a stabilizer under the lining.  A flexible glue holds it in place.

Voila!

Don’t tread on me?

Finally finished last week!  And I L.O.V.E. it!030-me-w-purse

The zigzags remind me of tire treads so I decided to name my purse “Don’t Tread on Me.”030-felted-front-001

The treads felted flat into the knitted body but are slightly visible in the lower section in certain lighting.  Perhaps less felting would have retained the raised texture.032-felted-front-closeup-002

The ombre effect turned out well.031-felted-back-001

Love the swivel hook and triangle ring.033-felted-hook-001

Fully lined.034-inside-empty-001

All the stuff I carry…036-labeled-stuff

…has a place.035-inside-full-002

Project details later.

My SSSK socks

Between waiting for my felted purse to dry and figuring out the lining, I’ve made some progress on the Slipped-Stitch Spiral Knit socks.d-socks-005

Both yarn colors are somewhat subdued so the resulting pattern is less bold than the photo on the pattern.d-socks-004

And that’s fine with me.  My goal is to have another pair of socks and use up some of my stash.  Plus my yarn stash has more fingering weight yarns that have brighter colorways.d-socks-006

Hardware

The hardware for my soon-to-be felted purse/bag finally arrived in the mailbox!

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I love the shape of the triangle ring that will attach to the top.

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The swivel snap hooks will attach to the triangle ring.

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If you need handbag hardware, the rings and snap hooks came from BagMaker Supply.  Great selection and reasonable prices. No, I’m not affiliated with them but I will be ordering from them again!

Now to the felting process!