Beaded Crochet Purse for Mom

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A gift for my mother.  Her birthday was in March and I overlooked sharing this finished project.

The only difficult part of this project is to keep track of the first stitch and the placement of each bead in the pattern. You move around in a continuous circle. 

The top around the frame is not worked in a circle. Each row is completed individually, tied off and restarted until you reach the flap height you need. 

 

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How Exciting

IMG_2406I am so pleased to finally show this finished project. Almost a year ago I started the The Fleur-De-Lis. It is a pattern from “A Book of New Bead Work,” with designs and adaptations by Emma Post Barbour, Copyright 1924. National Trading Co., Chicago.

It has been nearly finished for a few months but I have not been able to find a purse frame to match the same width needed.

The original design stopped at the top of the flour-de-lis. The top stars and double rows of beads were added for the frame depth.

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This purse makes a great dinner purse or special occasion purse. I plan on using it this holiday season. The finished size is 7.5  x  11 inches and plenty of room for the items you will need for a night out.

I love the effect of these gold beads. The view straight-on gives an opaque appearance, but turn it side-ways, and the beads turn bold and strong against the dark fabric.

I am still debating whether or not to put a liner inside. I do like having a couple of pockets to hold my phone and glasses for easy access, but the crochet thread created a very tight fabric, the liner is really not needed.

 

I could see another version of this in black with silver beads.

 

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.

Newest Curiosity

Recently I visited a Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI with my sister-in-law Karen. There we met Nancy Alison who creates knit and crotchet beaded purses. Nancy was very gracious to show us how to knit or crochet these little beauties.  This started my mind thinking of the seed beads I had at home from my daughter Renee. One container had gold and silver combined and next to it was gold only. I purchased a coin purse closure for the top of my beaded purse. I loaded the thread with gold and silver beads and roughly chained out enough stitches to match the width of the purse frame. After working in a round twice;  the beads were added randomly from the gold and silver blend to each stitch. As that compartment emptied, I added more gold to it until all the silver had been use. I am now working on gold beads only from here to the end.

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Soon I will need to figure how many rows are needed to fill the area from the coin purse hinge to the top. I will stop going around in a spiral and crotchet back and forth on one side, decreasing stitches to make a side flap to fill the arch of the frame. Then do the same on the other side to create flaps to sew onto the frame. I hope this works; I am making this up as I go.

I will post again when it is finished. But in the meantime, visit nancyalison.com to view her Gallery and if you dare, order a pattern. All of her patterns come complete with everything you will need to make the design; needles, thread beads and instructions. I only saw knit patterns, but contact her to see what she has available in crotchet if that is what you prefer.