Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Different Kind of Dumpling

Before we went on our most recent trip, I finished a felted purse. The pattern is in the fall 2008 issue of Interweave Knits, and as soon as I saw it, I had to try it. (The designer, Sharon Dreifuss,lives in Chicago and has her own blog.) Here is the way it looked before the trip to the washing machine for felting.
Unfelted Dumpling
And here is the felted version. I was quite intriqued with the way felting softened the look of the embroidery and can see a few more of these little purses in my knitting future! This is a fun pattern with endless embellishing potential.
Voila!

14 comments:

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Judy! Wow! What a cool effect! The only other time I've seen this type of felting was when a friend thought she was being helpful and washed my 100% wool jumper in the washing machine - with hot water! Needless to say, I'd have had to lose QUITE a lot of weight before it fitted again!! Tried really had not to be mad, but as it was a favourite and not cheap, it was very hard not to shout!! Glad your felting was on purpose!! Bear Hugs! KRIS (Tag Along Teddies)

Wendy said...

I love your little bag. I don't knit but do crochet, I wonder if you could felt crochet? Anyhow, your bag is lovely. Wendy

My Ladies Fine Designs said...

What a cute lil bag. Very nice work.

Pat said...

Your little bag is really cute! was it hard to make?

Jane said...

I like the little twig meandering through.. looks like it would be a sturdy little bag unlike some others I've seen. And of course I ;love the purple...

Barbara C said...

I was just admiring this pattern the other day--good for you for diving right in. Your bag came out really cute. I do like the way the embroidery felted.

Rian said...

Wow, how cool is that! Interesting how the embroidery felted into the dumpling. Lovely.

Cat said...

This is one cute dumpling! I see what you mean by endless embellishing potential too!

I don't know the size of this but it would be sweet in a tiny version to hang around one's neck.

Nice work!

Lapplisor said...

Hi Judy
What obtained an effect you by the laundry.
Very beautifully!
In Germany, also in Sveden, is also very popular felt, and I see some beautiful results…
I must it also once try :-)
Have a beautiful Sunday.
♥☼♥ Barbara ♥☼♥

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

A dear little bag.... love the felted effect.

david santos said...

Fantastic work!!!
Very nice!!!
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda said...

The bag is GORGEOUS Judy - I would love it so much! Could anyone do it? (I can knit.) I just love the word 'dumpling'.
Linda xxx

Finn said...

Hi Judy, I'm just popping in to say "hi" and welcome aboard for the NYE Countdown of UFOs! I'm very happy you are joining us, you're not late at all! We've only been going about a week now, so jump on in, the water is fine.
If you let me know, I'll make your 'finishes' on the list. Or maybe you want to list them on your sidebar or as a regular post. Any or all, is fine. Happy stitching! Hugs, Finn

Lelia said...

job well done!