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Question about closure for a felt pouch and rich deep colours are hard to photograph!

Question about closure for a felt pouch and rich deep colours are hard to photograph!

Yesterday I forced myself to sit down to stitch and finish 5 of the 6 little felt pouches I felted on Wednesday and Thursday. Making the descision to participate at Borris Farmer’s Market each Friday for the forseeable future in addition to focusing on stocking my Big Cartel shop has meant that I am sticking to my guns and continuing to develop a range of small but colourful felt pouches. As many of you well know by now felting is my big passion, not stitching. I do however appreciate that elective stitching can add another dimension to hand made felt, hence my current discipline in this department!!!

I love this starburst design!

The only reason that I didn’t manage to finish all of the pouches is the fact that I need to figure out a different closure for pouch number 6, the starburst design on the flap really deserves to be shown off and not cut into for a button hole! I’m toying with the idea of velcro but do any of you experienced seamstresses have any suggestions??? All help gratefully recieved!

My other difficulty is capturing the turquoise background of some of the pouches and revealing the richness of the blues and greens in the mohair off cuts when I post pictures of these pieces online. It seems almost impossible for me to share the depth of the colours over the internet but hopefully people will get the jist of the colours and anyone actually buying a pouch online will be plesantly surprised when it arrives in the post!  The image below is a good case in point.  The colours of the mohair piece on the flap of this pouch change subtly from rich green through to a deep blue viewing from left to right but I just can’t seem to capture them accurately. I can get the textured effect of the stitching but not quite the correct colours, never mind, I like this photo anyway and I just love the vintage button closure!

Beautiful marbled effect vintage button

Nicola Brown
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  • Deb
    Posted at 14:21h, 07 January Reply

    Nicola – How about using a snap

  • Linda
    Posted at 14:24h, 07 January Reply

    What a fabulous pouch Nicola!! Perhaps instead of a button you may try a large snap or even a metallic closure like on some purses?? then there would be no buttonhole cut out!! In taking the pics (and these sure look great!) I have had to adjust my camera settings as well and you could try outside lighting if possible or with a direct light on it and adjust your camera settings accordingly! I know there are some great photo taking tutorials on etsy if you do a search there, they are really helpful and great!! I hope that helps and have a super weekend!! xo linda

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 14:24h, 07 January Reply

    One simple closure is to take a piece of elastic and make a loop. Sew it to the inside of the flap, loop pointed down when the flap is closed. Then sew a shank button to the outside of the pouch and use the elastic as your “button hole”. No cutting at all.

  • Lyn
    Posted at 14:27h, 07 January Reply

    Hello Nicola
    Have you seen these? They are magnetic closures and only 1cm wide. Could the disc part could be sewn beneath the starburst using stitches that go through the existing pattern?
    The only worry would be if the magnetic catches had too strong a pull. I wonder if you can get even smaller ones?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10mm-Magnetic-purse-snaps-clasps-NICKEL-Slim-25-sets-MSE10-NL-/120839144539?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2293045b#ht_1233wt_1040

    Photographing colours accurately makes me tear my hair out. I can make a lovely piece of felt then spend hours taking various shots of it only to find that not one of them reflects the colours I can see with my eyes! If anyone has the answer I would like to know too.
    Anyway, I agree, the photo is lovely even if it’s not accurate.

  • Mary Wallace
    Posted at 14:43h, 07 January Reply

    Lovely work Nicola. I wonder if you tried zooming your camera slightly as this may adjust the exposure and allow more natural light. This is what I do with my paintings and it seems to work. I am not a camera buff so cannot really describe this idea technically! Worth a try anyhow. All the best for 2012, Mary

  • Heather Woollove
    Posted at 15:19h, 07 January Reply

    Hello sweet friend! If you decide to use velcro, I would machine stitch the pieces to a slightly larger piece of cast-off felt, then hand-stitch the felt to the purse. Hand-stitching through velcro plastic is very hard to do, and this way, you can make shallow stitches that will hold the felt but not show through to the front. Hugs and love–

  • shirley miller
    Posted at 15:28h, 07 January Reply

    Here in the US we can get small circles of Velcro, approx. the size off a nickel. These are used frequently on commercial pieces of clothing…they don’t add bulk and are easy to attach by hand and work just fine. If you can’t find them, let me know and I could send some to you.

    shirley miller

  • Ellen Hedglin
    Posted at 16:11h, 07 January Reply

    a felt loop and button closure, snap, magnet snap, felt tie closure……I love the star burst…

  • Irene
    Posted at 16:51h, 07 January Reply

    Add a little strap (loop) on the inside of the flap (perhaps using something elasticated like those hair elastics that come in a range of colours – cut it to size and sew it on firmly on the inside of the flap) and sew on a button on the pouch itself and hey presto.

    Velcro and felt are not a marriage made in heaven in my humble opinion.

  • Irene
    Posted at 16:52h, 07 January Reply

    And now I have read the other suggestions and see that my idea has already been aired… Sorry for repeating!

  • Kirsten Lund
    Posted at 09:09h, 08 January Reply

    I love this purse.
    I will suggest you to use a press stud, which you can sew on the inside, with stitches that is invisible on the font.
    An ides similar to the magnet.
    I think that velcro messes up too fast, with fibres stuck in it.

  • Gerda Mohr
    Posted at 10:00h, 08 January Reply

    Hi Nicola – You must be so proud of your stitching abilities getting better all the time, just love seing how your work developes.
    I use non sew magnets on my purses and bags – sewn and felted ones – and it works very well.

  • Chrissie
    Posted at 10:14h, 08 January Reply

    I would be very different and use a slash cut and an attached toggle made of felt.
    The photography although beautiful outside you need with the blue to get a white balance for the camera to capture the blues better,try shooting on awhile background.

  • Terriea
    Posted at 11:53h, 08 January Reply

    Charming pouches of gorgeous color! I’d use a small felted “rope” stitched behind the flap and enclosed with an oval-shape toggle made of felt. The toggle with some glass beads will make it easy to slip on.

  • shirley miller
    Posted at 12:02h, 08 January Reply

    You’re all correct about velcro…Not a good idea. I wasn’t thinking about the loose fibres in the felt and that could be a mess. I think the slash idea on the outside with a beautiful lampwork bead sewn on the inside could be neat…be sure to allow enough space to close by sewing a “stem” as you would to attach a coat button. shirley

  • Dawn Edwards
    Posted at 12:17h, 08 January Reply

    Good morning Nicola,

    Well looks like you have plenty of ideas to choose from on the closures….Some great ideas, and wow, when you ask a question, you get results!!!!

    I am so impressed with your beautiful stitching…Love the starburst effect…It’s really beautiful!!!

    Hugs,
    Dawn

  • Carole Dysart
    Posted at 17:28h, 08 January Reply

    Good morning Nicola….Your little purses are great. What I would do with your closure problem is make a thin felt cord……stitch it to the underside of the flap, in a loop form to be big enough to go over the button you will use for closure.
    then cover the stitched part with the same color felt, probably it will felt to cover the stitched part. When you sew the button on for the closure…..reinforce the underside with a small piece of matching felt to give it more support and will not tear the felt. This should work. Love the look of these small pieces and I am sure they will sell well as there are 100 uses for this size little purse.

  • Karen Crete
    Posted at 18:41h, 08 January Reply

    Why don’t you felt in a magnetic closure???? and are you coming to us this year???? Karen

    • Nicola
      Posted at 10:28h, 16 January Reply

      Oh yes Karen, I do so hope to, just need to hear back from Emma!!! XXX

  • Sharon Crandall
    Posted at 09:10h, 09 January Reply

    Could you not felt magnetic pieces into the felt? It wouldn’t be visible to ruin the design but would be functional…not sure where to source, but would be easy enough to do an internet search…x

  • Juliane
    Posted at 10:30h, 09 January Reply

    Wow! So many great responses! Guess we have all grappled with this one…

    I’ve a question about the magnetic closures which I’ve used on small purses, but with a worry — how are they with magnetically sensitive stuff like phones or credit cards?? Read up and heard that they should be okay on a regular purse because they are not usually next to the magnet but what about smaller stuff purses where stuff passes awfully close. I’m too chicken to demagnettize my own credit card in the name of felt science….

    No one suggested them — but I found that snaps were ~not~ a good solution. Needed to pry them apart as gently pulling on the felt does not separate them gracefully.

    Thought that the grommets (may seem to have a different name in the UK but being ‘foreign’ can’t recall what my sewing shop calls them…) that Andrea Graham described (you linked to her a while back) were good looking…but they seem a pain to put in.

    Oh such a good question — thank you!!

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