Felted Tapestry Crochet Bag

It’s always a challenge to design pieces for editors. How does it work? Well, they send out calls for specific types of projects for upcoming publications, then select the ones that best match their vision. Editors often tweak the proposal and usually choose the colors and yarn. That’s how it happened with this project, a “felted tapestry crochet bag with a simple geometric motif” for the February 2011 (issue 14) of Inside Crochet.

Some publications return the projects after the instructions have been published, others don’t. Most purchase all publication rights, others return the publication rights to the designer after a year or so. All of this is spelled out in the contract.

When the Manos de Uruguay Handspun Kettle-Dyed Wool arrived, the “voyage of discovery” began. The first step – what size hook? I tried several before selecting the size P (10mm) hook on the far right (below), because it produced a stitch that was tight enough to hide most of the carried yarn, but loose enough to produce a fabric that would felt in a washing machine.

Each of these swatches was crocheted with the same number of stitches, but different sized hooks.

This is how the bag looked before it was felted.

Tapestry crochet shrinks and felts like magic in a washing machine. Every yarn reacts differently, though, so the journey continued. Conclusion: this particular yarn needs to be washed a few times to felt sufficiently.

Details of before felting (on the left) and after felting (on the right).

The fabric became very dense after it was felted – no lining necessary.

A lining would have hidden the pattern inside the Tapestry Bag.

Fortunately, I’m supposed to get this project back – along with the publication rights. I really like how the carried colors peek through the fabric, giving it a “tweedy” look.

So, what do you think?

15 Responses to “Felted Tapestry Crochet Bag”

  1. Carol Cathey says:

    This turned out Wonderful. Very Nicely done. You struck gold again.!!

  2. Bob Cook says:


  3. Really great design. Also pleased that you included information about how design submissions work.

  4. lulu says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT BAG!!! When will the pattern be available? Those colors are just gorgeous!!!

  5. Mary Thornhill says:

    I just bought the magazine today and your bag is the first thing I am planning to make from it. I love it!!! It’s beautiful as well as being very practical for a student like myself.

    Awesome work!!!!

  6. minimomes1 (Ravelry) says:

    I did notice your pattern when I got the issue of Inside Crochet. I’m glad you get the rights back as well as the project after all that work. I still remember how long it took me to make the UFO bag – I’m never giving it away (and that’s without having to design and write it up).

  7. Char says:

    I have made the Tapestry Bag in the February Issue #14. I just have no idea how to get the strap and brim made. I have never made a bag wtih the strap connected. I do not know if I make turns or just go in a circle. Could someone Please give me directions on how to get the strap and brim started. I have looked at the pictures but they do not help me to know how to even get started. Thank you for your time and help. Char

  8. The handle and rim are done in 2 steps. The yarn has not been cut. Do the chain, then count the number of stitches indicated in front of where the chain started and insert the hook again into the rim to make a large loop. Then, crochet on the rim and the chain several times, cut the yarns, and crochet the other side of the handle and rim, making loops with the handle going through them. I hope this helps!

  9. Maria says:

    I absolutely love this! The green/red felt at the top is so stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  10. kim hanson says:

    I would love to make this bag. followed the link above and not sure how the yudu site works. Do i have to buy something? I also see it listed on Ravelry but they too link to the yudu site. Thanks for your assistance.

  11. Marcia says:

    Is this pattern still available. I can’t see where I can purchase the mag now

  12. Yes, this pattern is still available, along with many more. You need to subscribe to the MainlyCrochet online magazine at http://www.mainlycrochet.com/Subscribe.aspx to have access to all of their patterns.

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