Sunday, December 26, 2010
Check out my new, updated faux fur photos. I put together some really great combinations of faux fur and micro suedes, etc.! http://caroljoyfashions.blogspot.com/2012/11/an-embarrassment-of-riches.html
I hand-washed this fur purse in water and shampoo
|Considering that this purse looked like a drowned rat (above), it dried out great and looks fantastic!|
I always err on the side of caution, however, and if I am unsure at all about how a faux fur, I always clean a small portion of the fur first. Here are some general guidelines:
1) I like to use gentle baby shampoo and wash the fur in the sink. Remember, be very gentle with faux fur, do not scrub or rub the fur. However, I've had success by running my fingers down the fur in the direction the fur goes naturally.
2) Do not wring the fur out even if it's very wet. You can take it outside and shake a lot of the water out.
3) In order to prevent water stains when drying, I like to lay the fur side up over a pole. You can also pin up to dry.
4) Don't dry in direct sunlight.
5) I hesitate to say this because I want you to be extremely cautious about is one--you can FLUFF your fake fur by putting it in the dryer on fluff, but NO HEAT. If you're not sure where this cycle is on your dryer, DON'T EVEN TRY THIS. I have totally damaged fake furs in the dryer.
6) Sometimes the care tag on fake fur indicate 'dry clean only'....but I've had a lot of success with the above water method even so. Remember, if you are unsure, test a small piece first.
7) Last, like real fur, your fake fur needs to breath when you are storing it. So don't store it in a closed plastic bag or bin but use a breathable cotton.
8) If your fur is really dirty you may consider a dry cleaner as your only resort. Go to one that specializes in cleaning fake fur.
I washed the fake fur in this purse and it came out great:
I made a big, fluffy long-haired, dark brown fake fur coat for me three years ago. I'd never washed it, and I was nervous about taking it to the dry cleaners (you know, saving the environment and all). So, I closed my eyes and put it in the washer on gentle (did I mention I also put the matching hat in the washer?)
After the wash, I took it out and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was all in one piece (plus the hat).
Then, guess what I did? I put it in the DRYER!!! Yes, not on high heat, but still in the dryer. For about 20 minutes.
When I took the coat and hat out, they looked and smelled wonderful. The fur looked beautiful. And I was thinking well, well well well well.
I have lots of fake fur, some very beautiful that I've paid a lot for. So I had a lovely long-haired grey with purple fur that was a little matted in spots. I spritzed some water on the fur and put it in the dryer. For about 10 minutes.
I took it out and NOOOOOOOOOOOO. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
The long hairs were all crinkled. I tried to brush them out and they looked worse. I gently washed the fur and put cream rinse on it. Isn't that was you do for frizzy hair?
No, no and no. So now, I officially have 2 yards of fake fur that looks like fur from an animal that died of old age. I'm not going to throw it out because I never throw failed projects out. I'll use it for something.
What a powerful lesson this was!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Make sure you stay tuned to my blog and Etsy so I can show you all the fur choices if you'd like to order one of these bags.
And guess what, it's 20% off!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Lots of purse styles and selections for the holidays!
Friday, November 19, 2010
I love working with embroidery floss on felt too. The bright colors are so pretty!
By the way, I had done a bunch of cat ornaments and bags...I didn't want the dogs to feel left out..I love them too!
Look for more felt type bags from me!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The fabric has shimmery glitter throughout it and the colors are beautiful! I'll let you know when I start posting stuff I use with it on my etsy website.
Update: Here's what I made with the fabric:
|Planet Shoulder bag in my Gypsy Girl Fashions Shop|
|Planet Change Purse in my Gypsy Girl Fashions Shop|
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I love my new purse, Onyx Flowers purse, so named for the black flower trim on the purse and change purse.
Isn't the matching change purse cute?
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Thanks to the curators who put me in these treasury lists--check them out!
MIDNIGHT SECRETS PURSE
AFRICAN QUEEN PURSE
KALEIDESCOPE CLOWN HOLLOWEEN COSTUME
LOVE CHILD PURSE
ROYAL OHM PURSE
VICTORIAN BELLE PURSE
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have a new line of purses I just started and here's the front picture of my first one. Yep, red hot chili peppers!
If you want to look at additional pictures, click on the below link to my Etsy account.
I will be making more of these types of purses, look for them in the future!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Aren't these two contrasting fabrics pretty? I'm starting a new line of purses called Big, Beautiful and Washable...and that's exactly what they are. I am quilting the fabric to the right, and it looks really cool.
That's right, red hot chili peppers! I'll let you know when this one is done!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I am modelling my newly created very brightly colored dress, with the Purple Madness purse: http://www.etsy.com/listing/33657915/purple-madness-2-purse
The cotton-poly fabric has stretch to it, so it's cool and comfortable. I have enough fabric left for a sleeveless dress or short skirt, so email me if you're interested in a price quote.
By the way, I LOVE this dress!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Of course, a matching purse with the purse or dress would be the finishing touch...the lining of the purse could be an intense pink or dramatic black.
Maybe use round handles on the purse? Black or bamboo? I'll let you know when it's complete!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This is my next project--the fish is on a cotton fabric and I've outlined his body with black braid and sewed on a black swarovski crystal for his eye. Pretty beachy, eh? You'll see him shortly in my Etsy shop, just click on the emerald, as they say....
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I just finished this spirtual purse this weekend, called Gentle Sunrise.
All the colors are earthy, as well as the stones. I like the different, long shapes of the coral shells. The eyelash trim that's on the upper part of the purse is also sewed at the top of the pocket inside.
I even added a matching change purse! Very cute and different.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Brocade fabric is woven into beautiful, intense colors and patterns. I have about 20 different kinds of brocades and especially love the black backgrounds with flowers. I am framing the brocade body with sturdy leather like fabrics. I can't wait for you to see them!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
|African Queen Handbag|