I finally decided to felt my market squares bag.
I filled the top loading washer with hot water, some delicate detergent, added a small rug and got out my zippered pillow case and, of course, the felted bag.
I put my hand knit market squares bag into the zippered pillow case (this serves 2 purposes - it saves my washer from all that felt and lint and it also keeps lint and fuzz from the washer off my felted bag)
I VERY CAREFULLY added a large pot of boiling water to the washer and crossed my fingers. Afterall, felting is an art and not a science. Then I went about my business and checked back on my bag periodically. The trick about felting is that you never know exactly how long it will take. I checked every 5 minutes or so and the progress was pretty slow. So I turned the knob back to the beginning of the cycle (so it wouldn't drain and I'd have to start over with more delicate detergent and more boiling hot water) and waited some more. Sometime between doing that and getting dinner on the table I lost track of time.
Oh no! I over-felted my bag. It turned out great. It just turned out much smaller than anticipated.
I shaped it on a Charles Chip tin and then mushed it to the shape I wanted. I stretched it over the tin so that the base of my bag would be round and flat. I hate a bag that flops over and lets the contents spill out. This photo is of one side of my bag. Here's the other side.
One side has more of the purple and the other has more of the green. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out - even if it is smaller than I would like.
I ran out to Westport's Textile Store and picked out two different batik prints to line my bag. I'm not sure which I like better. I think I like the one on the right. It doesn't have any purple - but I think the brown in the one on the left detracts from the bag. Plus I like the concept of squares and circles.
What do you think?