This was great yarn to felt, once I got a handle on what I was doing. I used Donegal Tweed Homespun 100% Pure New Wool. I just loved the hand in this yarn, plus I had to frog it a few times and it held up very well. I used 2 ends — started with a crocheted oval about 5″ at it’s widest by 10″ in length, then knitted up from the stitches on the outside of the oval. Started increasing here and there until I got the shape that I wanted. I ended up with about 110 stitches in circumference, but not sure what I started with.
The I-cord was a 6 stitch with one end of the yarn. I think it was about 5 feet long when I finished. To attach the cord, I used a DPN to make 4 holes in the bag about 1 1/2″ from the edge and about 3″ in from the sides, then threaded the cord through it and tied. Not real fancy but it gets the job done. I didn’t attach the cord until it and the bag were done being felted.
I was a little hesitant about the felting, having felted one other item and it came out pint sized due to my overzealousness. I erred on the side of caution this time, and finally got the effect that I wanted after felting it 4 times. This yarn can really take some abuse in the washer!!
This picture looks like there is a skew in the yarn from this angle, but it must be my camera.