Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Knitting Project Update



The collage has several small purses I have made, the coral colored ones are the only ones I still have. The entrelac purple and green ones (little squares) were ordered by one person for his daughters. He also purchased one of these in 2 colors of blue, and the purple peace sign one.
In Atlanta I took 2 classes taught by Gwen Bortiner on entrelac. The first class was design and I didn't even get to pick up my knitting needles. The 2nd class with Gwen was Mix and Match in Entrelac. We knit this cap while in class. For those of you that don't know anything about entrelac, it usually does not have design and different colors in each square. I really enjoyed this class and teacher. She has a new entrelac book coming out August-September 2010, Entree to Entrelac. I do plan on purchasing it.
This purse was not going to be needle felted to begin with, but after I knit and felted it something about it was crying out for some blue butterflies. I couldn't resist.

This one is listed on Etsy here.
Now to what I am currently working on. Almost every purse I knit to felt is a new pattern, I keep changing my designs. And with felting you can't be sure how it is going to turn out when it is felted. The one below turned out to my favor, but I had planned on needle felting a Northern Cardinal. Something was telling me to change my mind again and I have now started needle felting Black Eyed Susans, on the front.
And on the back. This is just the beginning stage.
I will show you again when I list it on Etsy.
I have now started another purse with 'basically' the same design as the one above. I have not even thought about what I am going to needle felt on it. Seems like I change my mind by the time it comes out of the machine from the felting process, so why think about it right now?
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17 comments:

Mildred said...

Leedra, Your talent and creativity amaze me! These are so adorable. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the classes and the teacher here in Atlanta. I know you are really looking forward to her new book.

Rose said...

I wonder how many hours it takes you to do one from start to finish...they are all cute. I love the one with black-eyed susans...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow Leedra.... You are just getting better and better. They are ALL terrific!!!! I'm SO proud of you.

It's raining at the beach today--so this gives me an opportunity to catch up with some blogging, some reading and some SLEEPING.. ha ha (What a life!)

Hugs,
Betsy

Susie said...

Girl you are so talented. I like the purse with the rudbeckia blooms.

Dar said...

A-dor-able....I love these. Each and every one is as special as the next. Are they all done in wool yarn, then shrunken? and do you put the designs on first?or after shrinking? I would love to learn how to do these. More, more, more!

Leedra said...

Dar -I came to your blog again....ready for comments but I cannot comment from this computer as long as you are set to embedded. Love your little chick post.

The purses are knitted, felted and then needle felted. Treated again to make sure the needle felt is set into the felted wool.

KathyB. said...

Leedra, I especially like the red and blue butterfly purse and the one below it, with the sunflower. Very nice work!

Pam said...

Leedra, your purses are so pretty and unique, you have a wonderful talent. Its easy to see that you are creative and love what you are doing.
Have a wonderful day :)

Darla said...

Get out of here~! Girl, these are so cute!!!

Bird Girl said...

You are just so motivated and talented! How about on that green one? Some daisies and a butterfly! Haha - white daisy with yellow center would look great on that shade of green!

JKoenig said...

Your purses are all so lovely and imaginative...I looked at some of your other sites today and am just amazed at all the different kinds of things you do. What an imagination!..Certainly a God-given gift.

Elaine said...

Beautiful work!

Mildred said...

Hi Leedra, I wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Mother's Day weekend.

Dawn said...

They all are very beautiful! I change my mind 1000 x's and I'm always happy with it, the creative process at work.

Shelley said...

These purses are beautiful and amazing! What a great talent you have Leedra! Are you going to be doing some bird ones?

lisaschaos said...

I love your felted work! I especially love the sunflowers!

Mary said...

wow..you've really been busy with bags! I love the butterfly one and the one with the felted yellow flowers. Wonderful work.

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