Vintage Pink Purse-Bead Knitting

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A project can start and end differnet ways. You may purchase a kit with all the elements included or you can decide to start with a book pattern and collect everything you need before you start. By far a kit is the easiest way to begin; ensuring you have all you need.

In the past, I have started the body of a purse and then needed to search for the frame. Searching for the right size and style was frustrating. I could not finish until I had it in hand.

This time I searched and chose this vintage frame before starting the purse.  Obviously this is easier because you can pick the materials that match the frame and work from there.

The pictured frame has clear and pink beads around the outside edges along with three rows of clear rhinestones set in the center.  There  are tiny gold beads threaded between the rhinestones. A purse frame that had a previous life and  a different body. I sometimes wonder what it looked like before, when it was made and how long was it in use.

959bb857-812b-4625-aa90-fb92fcadacf1The new body sytle is call The Boulevard, Model No. 418 from “A Book of New Bead Work,” Designs and Adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Company, Chicago and I am happy to be able to unite them both.

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New Little Cuties

2015-03-01 19.57.402015-03-01 20.01.51As promised, three little purse necklaces. I thought these would be nice and cheerful for Easter. Each necklace has beads knitted on both the inside and outside of the purse; they have a very nice feel to them.

The green and purple are matched crotchet thread and bead color, but the red bead purse is made with a blended crotchet thread of red, white and green; giving a striped look.

The red purse has been added to my Product Store. I may add the others, not sure yet.

Sparkling Blue

DSC01425Blue, green and berry colored glass beads against a navy thread are so striking. I love the feel of these purses. There are beads on both sides of the knitted piece; so there are beads inside the purse as well.  It feels smooth to the touch and it rolls around between your fingers.

This little pouch was inspired by my daughter Renee; she is my biggest fan. It is so much fun designing with the person who will wear the piece. This way you know that they will enjoy and use it.
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She did not want fringe at the bottom or big accents on the side, just something simple.
I will be making a couple more of these and posting them for sale in the near future. I’m not sure what the colors will be; we will have to wait and see.

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What would be your favorite color scheme?  Would you like fringe on the bottom and what type of decorations do you like on the side strand?

What type of decoration would you put on the front or would it be plain? Let me know your thoughts. Who knows, I might make that one next.

Amber Necklace

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Here is the latest bead knitted purse necklace. I have always loved amber colored stones and this one has quite a bit of it. The black and silver really blend well with the amber.

This was a gift to my dear friend Heidi. I love it when someone receives a gift like this and they know just what they will wear it with.

I hope that it will bring many years of enjoyment to her.

A Little Bit of Gray

IMG_1340IMG_1355While trying to figure out what I was going to do with the gold crochet bag, I decided to start another pouch in gray.

The funny thing is that the beads on this little purse look so much like metal beads when in fact they are glass. The other funny thing is how much weight this one is compared to the black one.I am very happy with the way this one turned out. I believe that it would go very well with a black or gray outfit.

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When it was not yet finished, Mary, our friend and hair stylist saw it before the fringe and neck pieces were added. She really liked it and wanted to see it when it was finished. Mary did like it and she now owns it.

I have not figured out yet what exactly a person would put inside it as they wore it, but if you have an occupation where your hands are always in water, maybe you would put your rings in it for safe keeping.

Would you put anything in this purse while you wore it and what would that be?
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We’ll see what is next.

Return to Knitting

IMG_1319I am so happy to share this beaded knit pouch necklace project called The Paulette by Nancy Alison. I first met Nancy in the beginning of September and then purposely looked for her two weeks later at another craft fair.I was able to ask her many questions and look over the finished items on sale. Nancy works in knitting and crochet; I liked all the knitted patterns best, but have not knit anything for many years.

The crochet designs I recognized the technique, but did not want my first project to be a beaded item in a swirl pattern. I decided to purchase this knit kit and give it a try. Nancy made the whole process easy with this complete kit; she includes everything, even the needles.

Needless to say, I started and restarted this pattern over two dozen times. Mainly because I had not knit in so long, but also I had never knit anything so small before and of course I chose black to make it even easier.
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With the help of my avid knitting sister Karen, I got the body complete in two days.

The directions were so clear and helpful; the next morning the fringe and necklace were added.

I still have my gold beaded creation to finish, then I will start another couple in this pattern as gifts.

Look for Nancy Alison’s website link on the right side of this web page for other patterns and styles.