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Knitting and Crochet Projects for Harry Potter Fans

Harry Potter Wearing House ScarfThere are many sites with knitting projects for fans of Harry Potter. If you’re as eager as I am to see the new film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, then you might want to mark the occasion by creating a memento or something to wear. I’ve scoured several sites and have selected the projects I like best.

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Related post: Harry Potter’s Magically Knitted Scarf

Knitting Felted Awnings Purse

Felted wool feels amazing!

Felted wool feels amazing!

I love the way this little purse (approximate finished size = 8x 6 inches) feels. It’s so much more appealing in actuality than in the photograph. Darn!

I knitted this piece with Lion Wool Yarn and then felted it. The flower is crocheted and felted and  adorned with seed beads. The button is made from bone.

I don’t know if I’m quite finished. I may make a wrist strap. Just maybe.

The basic knitting pattern for this awnings purse can be found on the Lion Brand website. You’ll find other felted knitting projects there too.

Crochet a Rose Embellishment

What was "old" is now NEW!

What was “old” is now NEW!

I purchased this handmade purse at a resale store for $2.00. I don’t think it had ever been used. The only problem with it was the handle had rough edges and badly needed oil. I saw great potential for it and purchased it.

I sanded the handle and applied several coats of orange oil. Now, it’s as smooth as the back of my hand. I loved the lining in the purse, but I thought the outside could use a splash of color.

I crocheted a rose to which I sewed a pin back. The rose can be removed and used on other things. The pattern for this rose came from The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet: however, you can find a pattern to crochet a rose on Pattern Central. Check your local library for the book. That’s where I found it. Browse your library for other cool books on crochet, knitting, and crafts. Find more free patterns for crochet flowers on the Pattern Central.

The inside of this bag is clean and well-made.

The inside of this bag is clean and well-made.

I think this little purse is ready to take out on the town. The problem is I can’t decide whether to keep it or add it to my Christmas gift stash. Hmmm.

Crafts – Create a Posy Brooch

A few years ago, my sister-in-law created similar brooches as gifts for the ladies in the family. The two posies I selected from her stash have since frayed at the edges. I wore them out. Since, I loved wearing them so much, because they brightened up my casual jackets, I’ve decided to create a new collection. It’s so easy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • silk flowers – what can you recycle from old bouquets? You can also purchase something new.
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • jewelry pin backs
  • really good scissors to cut through plastic and in some cases wire

In no time at all you’ll have something great to wear.

Make a statement with a pretty silk flower brooch!

Make a statement with a pretty silk flower brooch!

(1) Remove the flower from the stem. In some cases, you can just slip it off of the stem. In other cases, you might have to cut it off. The flower should remain together after removing it from the stem (if manufactured correctly).

(2) Remove a set of leaves from the stem. Clip each leaf away from the plastic stem. Turn the flower over.

(3) Glue the leaves to the back of the flower. Make sure you have the right side facing forward. Also, you want the leaves to poke out from the edge a little. You want to see them when you turn the flower over.

Turn a silk flower into a brooch.

Step 2

Make a brooch from a silk flower.

Step 3

A pretty posy brooch dresses up a jacket.

A pretty posy brooch dresses up a jacket.

(4) Glue the pin back to the flower. Pay attention to how the pin notch works – you’ll want to position the pin correctly so that it’s easy to pin your brooch onto a jacket, purse, shirt, dress, etc.

Is Goth Style Trending Up? Is it Beautiful?

Beautiful Goth GirlThe answer to both of those questions is yes – per a recent announcement by Gothic Beauty magazine that it is “expanding its coverage of gothic fashion and music to keep up with the subculture gaining mainstream relevance.” Gothic Beauty, issue 26, will be the first of a new series and it will be “the lens through which the kaleidoscopic world that has become the goth culture can be viewed.” If I were a teenager, this is totally what I would be into. There comes an age though when goth beauty becomes goth hag. If you’ve seen Priscilla Presley lately, you know what I mean; though, I have to give her credit, she still moves like someone 25 years younger.

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