P is for Purse

For my daughter and son’s birthday party last weekend, I created two new kits. My intention was to have something we could do together as a fun activity and give the children something durable to take home.

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The first project was a needlefelted purse kit. The light rain was a good excuse to stay under the shelter. The girls wasted no time pulling out the contents and getting started. Several of them are enrolled in a creature class with Coco Howard at school, so they were both familiar and comfortable with the tools.

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The girls wrapped roving around a foam square, layering an inside and outside color, then needled the foam until it was firm.

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The handle was created by braiding a length of handpainted merino roving and then needling it to either side of the block. The purse is felted in the washing machine, making this a very simple kit for fiber fans.

By the end of the party, after running around in the woods, playing pogo, chasing balloons, running around in the woods some more and then eating cake, several girls were ready to felt their purses at home.

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This kit will be available for sale shortly in my Etsy shop. You can see it in person at Rising Stars as part of the Greenwood Phinney ArtWalk on Friday, May 8th and Saturday May 9th.

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3 Responses to “P is for Purse”


  1. 1 Sherry Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Beautiful bags, I thought you made them. The girls are quite talented & creative. I’m going to try this next time my friend’s daughters come to visit.

    • 2 kneek Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm

      I did make the purses. They were prototypes made up the day before the party to give the girls some idea of what they were doing. I needlefelted the designs, but they faded away in the wash so I had to embroider them to bring out the details. Glad you liked them!

  2. 3 ingermaaike Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Great to see the kids create such beauties!


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