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First off, so sorry for the massive delay: we had a bout of swine flu going around and it took quite awhile to recover from, Mike is still sick although now with pneumonia! (What a week!) But we are all getting better, slowly, and taking it easy.

I am not one of those girls that gets hugely excited about fancy designer purses but, I have been looking for the ‘perfect purse’ (and spent a small fortune on them in the meantime). The problem is that I can’t seem to find one that matches my style and is interesting with enough pockets for all my stuff and so, it in spirit of DIY, I am making one exactly how I want it. This is the first of series of posts chronicaling my purse’s creation, complete with learning a few new techniques. Coming up there will be some knitting, felting, possibly some embroidery as well, and today: chainmail!

Enough blabbity blab – here are some pictures of the chainmail section which will eventually be a small, secure pocket for money or cards on the outside of the completed purse.

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Tools of the trade: chain nose and bent nose pliers, black and blue 3mm anodized aluminum rings (approxiametly 1300 blue, 600 black total).

Cross craft Project Part 1: Chainmail Section chainmail section

And the finished chainmail section which measures just under 3 inches square, the perfect size for credit card, ID, cash, etc. For some reason my camera thinks the background is pinkish… which it isn’t.. but you get the idea. This section took probably the longest of all and I am very relieved to have it done, micromail is so fidgety and eye-crossing.

In a couple weeks I will make the main section (knit) and then a couple weeks after that I will share the decoration (felted) and make some final decisions about the strap and extra pockets etc for the inside.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting!

Posted by Emily 6 comments


  1. Comment by beadinggem — November 29, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    I’m really looking forward to seeing this project progress. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a chain maille purse too but haven’t had the time to start one.


    Reply by Emily — December 10th, 2009 @ 9:33 am

    It can be quite daunting as it certainly takes awhile but, in the end I think it will be worth the time put in. It might be delayed into after the holidays tho…


  2. Comment by Jp Manching — November 30, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

    Just wondering…how will you keep it close? maybe a zipper or any locks and clips? I’m excited and looking forward for the finished chain mail purse.


    Reply by Emily — December 10th, 2009 @ 9:34 am

    At this point I am considering whether to use clasps or just buy a purse frame.. I guess we will have to see how it goes =)


  3. Comment by Beadswax — December 1, 2009 @ 7:57 am

    Looks like it’s meticulous work but I guess the things you could come out with the chainmail sections will be limitless. I’m thinking of having that as a fancy placemat for our vase.


    Reply by Emily — December 10th, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    I saw a really neat coaster made of chainmail once and I wondered about placemats too but you would have to be quite careful with closures on your chainmail or it might scratch a wood surface.


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