Keeping Crafty: A Crochet Purse

Like Marta, I’ve always struggled to find artistic happiness in Korea. Between the desk job, creatively vacuous environment, and disconnect from like-minded people, it can be absolutely soul-crushing.

On the plus side, having so much free time means being able to take up more time-consuming hobbies. For me, that means crochet. I’d dabbled in it back home, but now I’m able to take up more complex projects. And the amount of yarns available online here is amazing!! Korea may not have a big fine arts scene, but it is an amazing place for hobbycraft. Sewers, knitters, quilters, crocheters, and embroiderers will find plenty to work with. I’ve even taken up a pottery class this week, which I will post about Tuesday when I get more pictures of the place!

Anywho, today’s post is a flagrantly self-indulgent showing off of my latest project. It’s actually the first “real” project I’ve finished. Most become abandoned, or are just rejects deleted from my memory. This is the first project where I’d written my own pattern, and is certainly the most complex!

First, there was this inspiration from Pinterest:

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Seemed pretty simple, and the slouchy, bohemian vibe was just mesmerizing. I could make that in a jiffy! – or so I ( arrogantly) thought.

I didn’t know how to write a pattern, so I wrote it as I went. I wanted it big enough to hold my wallet, cell, notebook, and a paperback or water bottle (or both!). I always carry a ridiculous amount of stuff, resulting in purses with straps that have given up on life and ripped under the weight. Oops!

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A month later, one side finished and the pattern rough draft complete!

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Realization: those lacy holes are HUGE! Everything will fall out of the purse! Guess I need to make a lining.

Discovery: hand sewing is WAY more difficult and frustrating than using a sewing machine. And a thousand times slower. Insert 3 month delay to the project.

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3 months dragged on, the crochet pattern had mistakes in it that took forever to fix, and the zipper was a bitch. I’ve sunk at least 90 hours into this bag. But the completed vision was so perfect in my mind, and it was so close..! So I dragged my feet anddddd…

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Tada!! I’m so proud of it. Definitely my favourite project ever ^0^ I love the beads and the pattern turned out exactly how I wanted.

Thank you for listening to me gloat! Gloat gloat gloat~


8 thoughts on “Keeping Crafty: A Crochet Purse

  1. Gloat! Gloat! Gloat! Soooo deservedly so! Absolutely beautiful! And your hand-stitching is much nicer than a machine. This beats out store bought hands down.
    BTW, love those watermelon fingernails.

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  2. OK, from a man’s point of view I think it’s Really Cool ! A veritable throwback to the 60’s look. You impress me with your talent that this time has me jawdropped. The large holes you mentioned at the beginning led to more of your development and adventure in hand stitching. This so reminds me of the women in my life who have done the same. Now stuff won’t fall out or nor have a pickpocketer be tempted.
    YES, love those watermelon fingernails and the large colourful beads on the strap. A nice match with the bracelet.

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  3. What a fabulous result! You made it your own…so great with the beads and lining. BEEEEEEEOOOOOOTIFULL! Love that it can double as a hat 😉
    Those nails are super 😀

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