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NEW LITTLE PROJECT…

This week I started hooking a small project. Just cannot seem to focus on anything for too long – probably all the sugar in my system from too much baking :-). So I decided to step away from the big rugs (yup, 2 on the go!) and do a small project that I can hook up in a day or two. I decided to hook a purse. I love hooked purses – they are fast, fun and become portable art. So much fun when you are out shopping, to have someone point at your purse and ask you what it is. That leads to many long discussions – and often a new hooker joining our ranks! I thought I would post the steps as I work them – a number of people have recently ordered purse kits and I think a step by step explanation of the process can be a big help…

So, this is step one. Years ago when I designed my purse pattern, I had to play with it a bit to make sure that the flap and strap and purse body all worked together and fit into each other. My purse flap is about 9 x 10 inches. This one is based on one of the Karla Gerard patterns I carry called Blooming Birches and is just a small section of a large pattern.

You will see 2 blanks across the top – the very top one does not get hooked – this is actually the part that gets inserted and sewn into the purse body…

The first thing I do is hook one row all the way around the outside ON THE LINE down the sides and across the bottom and INSIDE the line at the top…

I then hook two more rows across the top of the purse flap with the rows hooked close up against each other because this is the part that curves over the top of the purse body and if the rows are not hooked tightly up against each other you will see gaps as it curves…

A close up of the 3 rows across the top…


Continue to hook until the purse flap is fully hooked – then press on the back side with a steamer or damp towel – flip to the right side and steam all around the outside edge to push the loops back into a nice curve…

The final steps in finishing the hooking of the flap is to zigzag stitch across that line at the top and then half an inch away from the last row of hooking down the sides and bottom… 

and then trim off just outside the zig zagged line…

Finally, with your iron set on steam turn the edge tightly to the back along the sides and bottom only – do not turn under the top and do not clip the curves…

 



So the purse flap is now done and ready for lining… Part 2 to follow…

16 responses »

  1. percivalsandi

    Thank you Lor. It is inspirational. Love always….

    On Sun., May 10, 2020, 10:22 a.m. Hooked On The Lake, wrote:

    > hookedonthelake posted: “This week I started hooking a small project. Just > cannot seem to focus on anything for too long – probably all the sugar in > my system from too much baking :-). So I decided to step away from the big > rugs (yup, 2 on the go!) and do a small project that I c” >

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  2. Thanks Loretta! Great instructions!! I also love the design you choose!!👍🏻

    On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 10:23 AM Hooked On The Lake wrote:

    > hookedonthelake posted: “This week I started hooking a small project. Just > cannot seem to focus on anything for too long – probably all the sugar in > my system from too much baking :-). So I decided to step away from the big > rugs (yup, 2 on the go!) and do a small project that I c” >

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  3. Leslie Richardson

    Thank you. I love this idea…I think I will give it a go!

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  4. Thank you. Love the sharing of instructions Precise – with your knowledge shining through. Merrill in Whitby ON

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  5. Joan Shouldice

    Great lesson. I’ve never heard the bit about ironing around the edge to get a nice smooth line. I’m about to start a Maude Lewis pattern.  Any tips?Joan

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  6. Christine Ford

    Thank you for this post. I’m going to try a little pattern.. I need a little project also. Have a good day.

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  7. Yanick Duchesne

    Bonjour Loretta,

    Je voulais te parler lors du Zoom mais je n’ai pas eu le temps. Je suis à la recherche des balles de coton que tu vends. Je veux broder sur un tissu et le coudre sur un vieil imperméable que j’ai au lieu d’en acheter un autre.

    Voici les couleurs dont j’aurais besoin: Rose Mauve pas trop foncé Vert moyen Vert un peu plus foncé J’ai regardé sur ton site mais je ne vois pas ces items. Est-ce que tu les vends encore?

    Santé, sécurité et créativité,

    Merci,

    Yanick

    Envoyé de mon iPad

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  8. laura fisher

    This is great, thank you. I’m inspired!

    Laura

    Sent from my iPad

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  9. Anne Boissinot

    Dear Girl, your e mails give me so much enjoyment. A variety of pieces and your students work as well. Today was the purse. A small piece , a good idea from one who is not Hooking. Too much sugar you say, too much eating alone, too much alone, as we do our best to stay viable. Keep sending and being creative. Anne Boissinot Sent from my iPhone

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    • I have stopped baking!!!! but instead bought so still eating too much sugar! Yes the alone is getting to many of us I think – fingers crossed that soon we will be able to get together – even if only in small groups… I miss my friends – well email is nice – yesterday I zoomed for the first time but the square with my face in it scared me!!! yikes… All the best Anne…

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  10. Love the new little purse.
    Thanks for sharing – I always look forward to your posts!

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  11. Thank you Loretta. Sweet pattern. ❤️

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  12. Michelle Garofalo

    You have oinspired me to go find my unfinished purse and finish it!@

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  13. Hi Loretta,

    My Aunt Linda got me in to rig hooking a couple years back and you connected me to a Rigby cutter. I have finally run out of cut wool (my aunt did a bunch with me with her cutter) and so now I need to make my first cuts! I am a bit stuck. I have it set up and ready to go and wondering if I need to tear the wool into 1” strips to fit on the right side of the red metal guide?

    Wondering if you can help!? My home # is 613-269-2650 if it is easier to chat.

    Thanks much!

    Dale

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