I dug around in my handspun stash, and found a skein of fingering weight silk singles I'd spun a long time ago from a pastel-rainbow tussah silk top (in the picture, I've already wound it onto bobbins). Perfect for my main weft. Thinking SAORI-style, I grabbed some multi-colored silk hankies and a small handful of mulberry silk top, along with some leftover bits of cotton yarn from another project.
Then I warped my Cricket loom with black 5/2 and 8/2 cotton, held together, in the 12 dent rigid heddle. This gave me a good background for some color play.
In practically no time, the piece was done. The warp was 3 yards, and 7.5" in the reed/heddle. My finished piece was 90" x 6.5". I used this guide on Doni's Deli's blog to create the bag - essentially, the strip of cloth is folded like origami and sewn up the sides.
Here's the finished bag. I folded the strap's edges in and sewed it as a tube (using an invisible ladder stitch) to narrow the strap and to give it strength. There was no cutting involved in the construction.
I am absurdly pleased with this bag. Once I add a lining, it will become my new everyday bag. I'm secretly hoping people will stop me and ask where I got it, so I can proudly say, "I wove this myself!"
Debbie, I'm absurdly awestruck by your bag! I will stop you, as soon as I see you with (or without) this lovely bag!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Alke! Stop me anytime for HUGS!Delete
Debbie -- Awesome job on the bag!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Denise! It was a joy to make.Delete
LOVE the bag! So clever to use that form of silk that way. Of course, I love silk anyway. :) So fast and easy to weave up!ReplyDelete
Wow! I'm putting this on my future project list! I want to make one of these and the fact that it has no cutting and can be hand-sewn is a BIG plus, considering my lack of machine sewing skills!.ReplyDelete
Love This! Wish, Oh I Wish, I was closer to you so you could teach me to weave! I have a 20+ year RH that has not had 1 project finished on it. :(ReplyDelete