Felting a Crocheted Purse | Aisling Clutch by Briana K Designs

Did you pick up your copy of the Aisling Crochet Clutch from Briana K Designs?

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Aisling Infinity Crochet Clutch by Briana K Designs

While it is a perfect pattern as is, I decided to use wool yarn and try my hand at felting it, since, you know… it’s important to felt all the things! I absolutely LOVE the result and wanted to share my process with you, at Briana’s recommendation.

First off, gather your supplies! Make sure you have purchased the pattern from Briana’s ravelry or Etsy shop. You will notice that you need worsted weight yarn and a size G crochet hook. Because felting shrinks the work just a bit, I used a bulkier yarn and size H crochet hook. I feel like the finished size is just right after felting.

Also, your yarn MUST be 100% wool (or other fibers that are prone to felting). I actually made one clutch in a yarn with a high content of wool, but additionally nylon or something and it did not felt, like, at all!

Additionally, for felting, you will need water (both super hot and super cold), soap (any kind will work), and quite a bit of elbow grease.

Complete the Crocheted Clutch

Finish the project as written in the pattern, except for blocking before seaming. There’s no need to block your piece before completing the felting, so just carefully seam the clutch.

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Felting 101

Felting is the process of matting fibers together to create a non-woven fabric. This is accomplished using heat, moisture, and/or extreme pressure. We will be using the method of wet-felting, which uses a combination of all three. Another type of felting, called needle felting, uses a very sharp, barbed needle to entangle the fibers. See this post for more on needle felting. 

Begin Wet Felting

Start with hot, soapy water– as hot as you can stand it. Wet the entire piece.

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Rub and massage the clutch, building up a good lather.

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Continue rubbing and massaging, introducing a lot of friction. I like to roll the piece in a tube and then roll it very quickly between my hands.

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Keep Felting

Just keep rubbing and beating up the clutch. Occasionally, focus on the cabled design. Try to pull the cables up and felt the inside of the design.

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Rinse in COLD water and check the progress. You may want to repeat all steps to help the stitches to “disappear” more completely. The longer you rub, the more times you rinse and repeat, the sturdier the fabric will become. I felted this one for about 40 minutes, rinsing and repeating probably 3 times during that time, and then another probably 25 minutes the next day.

Finishing

When you are happy with the shape, size, and thickness, rinse in COLD water again, making certain you get out all the soap. Shape the clutch and allow to air dry. You can also machine dry the piece, but be careful as it may continue to shrink. If I use the machine dryer, I will usually only dry it for 30 minutes or so, leaving it still lightly damp. Then, I will allow it to air dry completely.

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Add any embellishments you desire.

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For this one, I added a fabric lining.

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Bonus: Experiment with different shapes

For this blue one, I used the same pattern, with a few modifications. I added a few rows to make it a little longer, folded it in half instead of thirds, and added a strap.

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I also sewed the corners to give it a bit of a bottom.

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I believe I will also add a fabric lining as well as a zippered closure.

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I may also felt this one a bit more. I really want the stitches to be even more invisible, so I’ve got some more work to do. What do you think? Do you like the felted versions? Have you made your own Aisling Clutch yet?

 

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Free Pattern Friday | Little Man Button Loafers

I know that I’ve posted about these adorable baby booties before, but I wanted to post about them again as part of my Free Pattern Friday series.

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Click the image above to go to the free pattern in my Ravelry store. Or go to this link to see the photo tutorial:

https://chelsiebrady.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/crochet-little-man-button-loafers-pattern-and-tutorial/

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Crochet: Heart Stitch Hat and Pants Pattern

DSC_0239ppdIt’s here!  It’s here!  It’s finally here!

By far, my most popular post is this one about my heart stitch leg warmers.  I’ve gotten so many messages about a matching hat, like Tessa’s wearing in the photos.

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So, I present to you, the  promo flyerIt comes packed with cool stuff, like a photo tutorial to help you through making a whole pair of pants.

The hat can be made in all sizes- from newborn all the way up to adult.

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Newborn set by Crochet by Kimberly Mae
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Adult Slouch hat by Jessica Vargas

The pattern walks you through making the pants virtually any size (I totally want to see adult heart stitch pants), but includes measurements for newborn thru child (4-5 years) size.

DSC_0220The hat can be made in either a beanie or slouch style.

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Teen sized beanie by Cherie Matassa
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Child sized slouch hat by Christy’s Handmade Creations

The color combinations are really endless.

3-6 month set by Aiza Saqalain
3-6 month set by Aiza Saqalain

DSC_0199ecropAnd, lest you think this pattern is just for girls, check out the camo.  🙂

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12- 24 month beanie by Jennifer Pfleger

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So, hop on over to pick up your heart stitch pattern (starting Friday morning).

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And, if you do it this weekend (thru Monday), you can get it for 50% off!  (No coupon code required at Ravelry.  HEARTS coupon code at Etsy.)

Feeling lucky?  How about a giveaway!?  You could win the pattern plus a little something extra!  🙂  Go to my facebook page for all of the details.

Crochet: New Pattern Release

DSC_0122 (4)ppdWell, hello there!  I’m just popping in to let you know that my Genevieve Romper pattern has been released!!

DSC_0118 (4)ppdIt is chock full of good stuff- an interesting stitch pattern, some fun and convenient construction techniques, and plenty of photos to help you along.  Aaand… it’s half off thru Saturday!

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Click here to go to my ravelry store.
Use coupon code “GENEVIEVE” to score the romper AND the bonnet for half off!!

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Genevieve Bonnet Pattern

DSC_0116eppdThis is a very exciting day for me!  I have just released my new (and very first!) crochet pattern: The Genevieve Bonnet.

DSC_0135ppdIt is available for 50% off from now until midnight on Saturday. (No coupon code required) DSC_0134ppdIt is a versatile, basic bonnet, with some fun details: a scalloped edge, an interesting stitch, and long ties.

DSC_0127ppdThe pattern is concise and easy to understand with sizes from NB to 12 month.

DSC_0134ppdYou can use either light (3) or worsted (4) weight yarn and a K (6.5 mm) hook for NB or L (8 mm) hook for the other sizes.

I had some fabulous testers, who hooked up some pretty little bonnets.  They are so talented and helped me through this new pattern-writing experience.  Check a couple of them out:

Illumiknitiby Illumikniti Designs- on etsy/ on facebook

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Kimberly Mae 2by Kimberly Mae

Click this link to go directly to the pattern on ravelry:

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Crochet: Teddy Bear Twins

Just showing you my latest creation.

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newborn-teddy-bear-hat

Cute cute!  She has lots of other fun newborn hats, too, I’d like to make.

Crochet: Christmasy newborn photo props

I have been crocheting and knitting some Christmasy baby things lately.  They are so adorable.  I wish Tessa were still a tiny newborn so I could have some modeled shots.  If you’re interested in purchasing any of these items, visit my facebook page.

Red is such a festive color.

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I thought it would be fun to create some little angel wings.  Wouldn’t this be such a pretty newborn holiday shoot?  Or, how about for a little one year old?  A cupid for Valentine’s day?  The possibilities are endless! (The wings are similar to Tessa’s bird wings from Halloween.)

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