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Felting Today…

Posted by Janis on February 17, 2008

Wish me luck — I’m taking the plunge today. Well, the front of the Weekend Getaway Satchel is taking the plunge — I’m felting it today. Here’s a couple of “before” pictures:satchel-prefelt-front.jpgsatchel-pre-felt.jpg

And before you faint at the sight of a piece of knitting clipped to a skirt hanger — I would never do that if I weren’t felting it. It’s gonna be agitated within an inch of its woolly little life anyway. And I only clipped it up to photo it. I’m having second thoughts about felting it — I haven’t finished the back panel yet, maybe I’ll just keep it this way and wear it as a skirt…

Anyway — I’m very nervous about felting this, not because of the knitting, but because of the interminable EMBROIDERY. If it looks like hell, there’s no going back after felting. And I know I will not be willing to reknit another front. EVER. Under any circumstances. No. Not an option. Nuh-uh. No how, no way. What I’m trying to say here is that I did not enjoy taking up the embroidery needle after a 30-year absence. I was quite a prolific embroiderer in my youth (60’s-70’s, what can I say? Well, “embroidered work shirt” would just about sum it up, I think. And “embroidered overalls,” “embroidered jeans,” and the unfortunate memory of a gauze Western shirt that my uncle wanted embroidered with the Eagles’ logo skull… Oh dear…) My dear friend Kay is really wonderful at the stuff and I considered asking her if she would do the embroidery for this bag for me, in exchange for a lifetime supply of moon cakes or winter melon cakes from the Chinese bakery here, or whatever she likes… But then I got all muley on it — “I must do it myself! It is myyyyyyy CRREATION! (think Gene Wilder in “Young Frankenstein” here).

I will let you know if my creation is worthy in a little while. Or if it is so evil that it must be destroyed…

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6 Responses to “Felting Today…”

  1. Darx said

    Woo hoo! Go on with your bad self! That is an INCREDIBLE looking piece of intarsiembroiderknitting. I am in awe.

  2. k said

    I LOVE IT! Looks fabulous!! ~k

  3. Janis said

    Hey Darx – meet K – she’s just starting to knit – we have brought her over to the dark side…

  4. It would make a cute skirt!

  5. Debra said

    That looks great! I was wondering if you could suggest any beginning embroidery books? I haven’t the faintest idea how to embroider, but wanted to try some basics. Any tips? Where to begin?

    Thanks, and good luck felting. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  6. Janis said

    Hey Debra – Gosh, I learned from my mom, grandma and some Girl Scout leaders (circa 1969)… but the Interweave Knits mag this pattern is in has all the stitches in the glossary at the back. I’ll bet there are a bunch of great tutorials on line – I’d try a Google search of “how to embroider” or “embroidery techniques” and see what comes up. Probably some great video tutorials, too. Good luck – you can do it!

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