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  • Prym Isabella

    This one was missing a closure (click for the making of…)

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    It’s done now,

     

    With the new buttons from Prym Consumer !!!

     

    Nice, easy, cool …

    click here to see the other colors

     

    The bag handle (Isabella) is also from Prym Consumer.

     

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  • isabella

     

     

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    Donegal Tweed from LANG, 100% pure wool

     

    Colors are beige 39 & red 60 & kaki-green 18.

     

    Took a Crochet 4,5mm and worked always with two threads taken together - single crochet in spiral.

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    Machine-wash on 60°, but not enough felted as I thought it would become.

     

    So I had to make it more rigid and put lining in with quilted Oakshot fabric.

     

    Bag handles “Isabella” from PrymConsumer; length=62cm in dark brown and black twisted abaca fibers with cotton cord reinforcement and wooden rectangular loops.

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    Two old Asian earrings attached between the handles. Can’t wear them anymore since about 30 years because of allergy… but kept them … are so special memories…

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    Voilà Isabella is ready to keep my next knitting project.

     

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  • little green bag

    Same handle or fastening as on my Prym Alegra, but in green …

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    You can make your own bag in such type of fastening on different ways. You work with fabric, cotton or silk or linen, knit-work or crochet-piece, or whatever: the method to insert is identical.
    Create one that is very rounded and spherical like a ball
    or very flat to be a clutch.
    The fastening might be rectangular, half circle, or curved, it’s always the same ‘construction’.

    How to make a spherical rounded one.
    If you start with a round circle as base or bottom, or an oval or rectangle or square, try to make this base with a perimeter or outline  ±  the same size as your fastening when it is totally opened  (like this) :

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    Once your base is done, you can make the tube which will become the front and back side – made in one piece or two squares or rectangles or any form assembled - in the fabric you want: cotton, silk, knitted or crochet or …  and sew this tube to the bottom.  When I crochet, I go on from bottom without cutting my yarn and make the tube seamless by hooking in round onto my base of the bag (I don’t like seams  J).
    At the end it still needs to fit the size of the fastening!

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    The height depends on what you want to obtain and how much stuff you need to keep in  J 

    How to make a flattered one.
    In this case you’ll have to make front and back with separated tops: no tube closed on top edge, but a top based on the shape of your fastening – take paper, put your fastening on it, and mark round the outline and add seam allowance if you work with fabrics. Crochet or knit works don’t need a hem. See example on the paper (normally with every handle should be delivered a pattern, but it’s as you see, very easy to make one by yourself.

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    If you want a little roundness for your bag, you can add some folds and wrinkles but here your final pattern and upper-line will have to fit in the fastening. If you don’t like folds and you want some extra width in your bag, you can adapt the sides by making these slightly larger.

    In clear language I mean this …

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    Example with a design of a rectangular fastening: I’ve put the letters A-B-C-D on the important points of it = the lines of sewing, where you’ll fix the fabric to the fastening.
    You see on this pic a few ways of designing the top of your bag.
    You go for (top right) a spherical rounded bag, (bottom right) a flat clutch; and (bottom left) an intermediate between those two.
    Note that if you make the width ‘B-C’ wider and longer, the insert in the fastening has to be done by folding or wrinkling the fabric, which gives you also more space in your bag.
    The part of your bag beneath the “line A-D” (imagine it, it’s not designed on the pic) is also adaptable to any pattern, model or size. You can go straight (like bottom left) or a little wider (like bottom right). Anyhow, the possibilities are endless, but always, always keep in mind, that your top edge of the bag must have at least the circumference of your fastening wide open.

    As I mentioned, there are many metallic fastenings, different sizes, and different models.
    But mainly you can categorize them in two types.
    There is a type that has little holes all around and where you can sew through. They are also made onto the sides of the top of your bag (the small parts A-B en C-D),
    and the other type you easily find, is the one where you sew only from B to C to attach your bag on the fastening and where the edge of your fabric is not sewn to A-B and C-D. This means that you must have a beautiful finish of your bag!
    Both types of fastening works for the three possibilities of the format like described here above: from the rounded bag to the flat clutch It’ll work!
    here a picture of those two different types of fastening.

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    If you have a lining for your bag, then it has to be sewn and attached to the top edge of the outside of your bag. Don’t try to put them unsewn-together in the fastening, it’s difficult to hold both layers correctly between the gasp and to have a nice finish.

     

    To sew the bag(with lining) to the fastening, I find it easier to start in the middle of the space between B and C, then go to left till end of holes, come back for a second stitch over the ones you just made and go to the other end of the fastening and then return to the middle. This way you’ll have two stitches in every hole to keep your bag fastened, and even if one thread would break at usury, your bag will still keep together. I put a safety pin through all layers and hole at a few points while sewing.
    For the bags sewn in the type of fastening like the bottom one on the picture above, you still need to take the perimeter of the opened fastening, even if you don’t sew the sides. For those types I noticed that the bag holds perfectly its model if you make a little stitch onto the middle of the top sides. This way the bag closes nicely, and when closed you’ll have a beautiful curve on the sides.

    Look

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    I make my stitches onto the fastening not only sideways, but also vertically (I like to use a cotton embroidery thread, because they are strong and I like to add some colors…) – do not hesitate to try out some designs as long as you use all the little holes for stitching, it’ll keep it all together.

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    So this was a little general stuff,
    now the explanation of my little green bag. 
    J 

    I started with a round flat bottom, a crochet circle in spiral (but you can do it in rounds), all single crochet stitch. For round and spiral circle you’ll have to increase when necessary to keep your hooked circle flat. I don’t calculate; I work instinctively. But if you need a guideline to make a perfect flat bottom in crochet, here are two links:  pinterest one  (click)    &    pinterest two  (click)

    Then you go straight upwards, to make the long tube (all seamless). Place the body of your bag by flattening it on the table and then measure in the middle to control the height. This one is much bigger than my little  ‘Selena’  I made (click here)

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    I made it with single crochet stitch (hook under the two loops of the stich of the row below). But feel free to make any stitch you like.

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    When I had the height I desired, I noticed that it was a little too large to fit in the fastening. Do I stress and rip off? No, I simply adapt the size!
    And as I didn’t wanted folds on the front or back; I made some decreases in the last rows. I did those on the two opposite sides of the bag.
    for this: fold your tube in two, place a place marker in the center stitch on both sides, and decrease before and just after that middle-marked-stitch. If you don’t want to see or notice the decrease in your work, make an invisible one:
    go with the hook into the front loop of the two following stitches and make your single crochet (or another stitch if you work in another design) and just pick through the two front loops!

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    That’s what I find the cleanest decrease in crochet  J  see the result hereunder

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    I did so for four rows and measured again to see if it fits now,
    and yes, look at pic: left is before and you see it’s too wide, right picture shows it after decreasing, and that’s how it has to be.

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    Then it was time to add some adornments: beads, buttons, and a little crochet flower. I’m pretty sure you’ll find on the net a variety of flowers or other decor-elements. Be creative! The buttons “tell”  that it’s Handmade.

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    So far so good; now is the moment I can add the lining. I sewed a tube like the bag in crochet and took it on the largest size of my crochet-work plus a bottom circle (identical size as crochet circle plus seam allowance).
    Sew those two pieces together. I made some small ‘wrinkles’ on top of lining on left and right side, just as my decreases in crochet.
    Then a few stitches through the upper edge to keep all together and finally put the lined bag into the small gasp of the fastening, well centered, and make some stitches from the center to outwards: I made vertical and horizontal ones with perlé cotton n°8 (which I used also in my flower and to fix the beads).

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    Close up to the stitches on fastening

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    Et voilà  !  Another little bag in my collection
    A woman never has too much of it, don’t you think????

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    Have a nice week!

     

     

     

     

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  • Prym Olivia

    Mixing EN & FR  Knipogen ............

    And here’s Olivia, a cupper toned little « fermoir » from Prym Consumer.

     

    Olivia est parfait pour un petit portemonnaie ou pour y ranger les lunettes (soleil ou non, faut voir la météo avant J) ou les crochets. Même principe que le fermoir Lorena  mais avec une couleur qui est différente et donc un tout autre éclat final. 
    Olivia is like Lorena, but she’s in another color and Olivia has no diamonds at the ends…

    ClicClic ---> Lorena !!

     

     

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    Alors pour changer j’ai fait un petit portemonnaie au crochet. Une chainette pour commencer, longueur double de la hauteur finale mesuré en dessous du fermoir car tous les rangs ajoutés vont se caser dans la courbe. (regardez sur les photos si ce n’est pas clair).  Rien que des mailles serrées prises dans l’arrière des brins des mailles précédentes et avec deux fils mélanges (grosseur perlé 5) et un crochet 2.5 pour que ce soit bien serré, sinon il faut ajouter une doublure.
    Crocheté en spirale autour de la chainette mais au lieu de faire dans les coins trois mailles pour les coins (comme avec les grannies) je n’ai crocheté que deux mailles afin d’obtenir une troisième dimension, celle de son petit ventre dodu.
    En effet au lieu de rester avec l’ouvrage à plat, ici vous crocheté en relief. Il faut continuer jusqu’à ce que la largeur de la partie avec les augmentations puisse se fixer dans le fermoir et on arrête les mailles. En cours de route j’ai changé de deuxième couleur : l’une grise-écru, effet très mat, est restée la base et le fil qui m’a permis de l’attacher à l’anse, l’autre c’est d’abord un rouge-orange brillant, puis un blanc-écru brillant et puis un vert foncé perlé.
    Quand on change de couleur avec les mailles serrées : faire d’abord le premier jeté dans l’ancienne couleur, et puis faire un jeté que l’on tire au travers des deux boucles sur le crochet dans la nouvelle couleur. Donc on commence la maille serrée changeante de couleur avec l’ancienne couleur et l’on la finit avec la nouvelle.

     

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    Instead of hooking a flat work, I’ve been hooking in the corners an increase less than you’ll do with grannies. I started with a chain (length is double of height measured till the bag handle because all the stitches and rows added are in the middle of the little handle), and made single crochet all round in spiral. So in the corners I did only two SC instead of three. That's what it’s making 3-D and so my little purse has got a small tiny belly J .
    A hook 2,5 European size, and two threads of type perlé-n°5 taken together, one in grey-ecru all along the way and starting with an orange-red, changing to a white-beige and finishing with a green. Changing colors in SC : starting with the old color for the first yarn over and finishing the SC by taking the new one for the second yarn over. All the SC’s are done in the back loop of previous-row-stitch, to obtain that little spiral ‘line’. You stop when you’ve got the little handle “filled” with your stitches. Easy with crochet, where you can at any time easily measure your art-work and compare it to the final model and pattern.

     

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    And what am I putting inside, once it’s finished???

     

    Yes! Tomorrow I’m flying to Birmingham, the Festival of Quilts, so British £££££££££££££££ and pennies!!!!

     

    Évidemment il se rempli de quelques £ , car demain je m’envole – non en montgolfière mais avec un bel avion – j’espère!!- vers l’Angleterre pour le Festival of Quilts à Birmingham.

     

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    À la semaine prochaine pour mes impressions de toutes les merveilles (ou pas ?!?), de mes cours et les lectures que j’aurais suivi et de mes rencontres avec …. On loge cette fois-ci à l’Ibis tout près de l’aéroport (et du NEC).

     

    See you back next week with a couple of messages filled with my impressions and all the nice people I hope to meet.

     

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