Vintage Stylin' On Mother's Day

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My Mother, Julieanne. Beautiful isn't she? I think she looks like a movie star in this photo.

I thought because Mother's Day is upon us and because there seems to be so much interest among us in everything vintage, I would share a few images of the stylin' women who have been and are a big part of my life.

All The Pieces Have Come Together.

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Be sure if you haven't read this yet, do so now! "Thank You Craft Bloggers and Wordpress" an update containing very good news posted on Zencrafting.

About The Felted Bag. I Need Help Please.

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Now that my bag is only a few more drying days away from "finished", and before I begin "bag #2" which I am making for my MIL for Christmas, I would appreciate some help so I don't make the same mistakes!

Don't misunderstand - I LOVE my new felted bag.  There are just a couple things I would like to do better on bag #2!

I followed the instructions given in Susie Johns' The Felted Bag Book for her "Juliet" purse. And for the most part the instructions were clear and well written and beautifully illustrated. A good thing for a newbie like me!

There are so many really gorgeous bags included among the pages, I - the gal that never carries a bag - will most likely just have to make two or three more! LOVE her bags!

I would have liked instructions for joining the garter stitch fabric, but otherwise, the instructions were very thorough. The only disappointment - the strap is a bit too long and too wide and the edges uneven.

The wool I used - Brown Sheep Company Lamb's Pride worsted 85%wool and 15% mohair. I chose this wool because it is supposed to be especially well suited to felting. Oh and I used #10 1/2 needles as suggested in the pattern.

For the most part, all went well. But I have a few questions I just know some of you out there can answer!

1. Does anyone know of a good online tutorial that teachs how to seam together two pieces of garter stitch fabric. I tried Ravelry and google searches and I just can't seem to find one. Millions of tutorials for joining stockinette stitch fabrics.

Obviously, I got the pieces together. It is being felted after all,  so almost any reasonable facsimile would do I suppose, but I was hoping for some practice on something that doesn't matter so much.

2. I used a top loading washer for the felting process. I actually ran the bag through twice because the straps just were not felting. The bag felted beautifully - the fibers so densely packed it will haul a ton of bricks! But,  I ended up having to felt the straps by hand.

Why was this necessary? Why didn't the strap felt in the machine?

3. If you look closely, you can see long fibers on the surface. I am thinking that this is the mohair? Except that this stringy appearance did not appear on the surface of the inside of the bag. So - should I be felting my bags wrong side out?

The long stringy fibers did not occur on the hand felted strap either.

4. If I have to felt the strap by hand again, any tips for keeping the edges even?

For the second bag, I am using Cascade 220 - 100% wool worsted weight. I understand it felts well. Anything I need to know?

Thank you in advance for your help.

We Have a Winner!

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We have a winner!

Lizzy, my sweetie picked your name out of the hat!!

I will send your e-mail right over to Devon Bear Designs.

For those of you have not yet met Lizzy, she is a very lovely English gal who just recently moved to Switzerland. She has knitting needles in her hands almost 24/7 - well at least she did until her beautiful baby girl, Bea, came into her life just a few months ago.

Take a moment to pop over to Ruffles and Ribbons and say hello!

Congratulations Lizzy. I am sure you are going to enjoy your subscription to Bustle and Sew Magazine as much as I do mine.

May Day! May Day! Dabbler War on my Dining Table!

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Seven and a half feet of happy dabbling! (And I still have another 18" I can add if needed!)

It is chaos in my dining room right now but all good !

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Another round of Spaan ornaments drying.

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My knitted/felted bag is drying and drying and drying and drying.........

You and I will be chatting about this one in a day or so. I need help!

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My tomatoes and chile! My first success growing from seed indoors.

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And look how they have grown!

Now if our stupid PNW weather would only warm a bit I could plant them outside. They are ready. I am anxious!

And I need the space for more projects!

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