The tote is my second felting project. I knit this for a good friend. I originally purchased blue leather handles at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool for this tote but decided against using them. The handles were purchased from Bittersweet Baskets & Handles. The pattern was free with the purchase of the handles. I came up with the handle design that I used for this bag after knitting the bag. I knit a rectangle and then from that I knit three Icord ropes ad braided them ending with a rectangle. I also added the flap after the bag was completed. I wanted to be able to close the tote. I felted by hand then felted again in my washer. The felting process took three separate washings to felt the way I wanted. I did one last toss in the washer after adding the handle and flap in hopes of felting the X’s. The fabric is for the lining not to be done by me, but someone else. I also ordered feet for the bottom of the tote. They have not arrived to date. I am pleased with the final result. I am currently crocheting a mitered square bag to be felted and I plan to use the leather handles.
ETA forgot to tell you I used Patons Classic Wool, worsted.
Lucky friend!It's awesome!
It's lovely, I always like the way the colours change with felting
Keep saying I am going to do one, alas, on my to do list, with the other 450 things, LOL.
Its beautiful, you should be so proud of your work.
Great looking bag Kathy!!
That is such a lovely tote! I have yet to try felting but seeing this is nudging me closer. Beautiful gift for a lucky friend.
That's fantastic. Your friend will love it. Good job. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
I really like the way you created the handles - very ingenious! I see the "X" where they are applied to the bag; is that the only stitch securing handle to bag? Did the rectangle felt into the bag to make the connection stronger?
You colour design makes one classy bag. Well done.