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astormorray
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« on: May 23, 2009 04:54:09 PM »

finished!


I'm a bit on a rainbow kick.  Anyway, this was for the rainbow swap... and I thought, hey, why not weave the fabric and make a bag!  And then trouble started as I laid out the warp (8/2 cotton) on the warping board...

My plan was 20 ends of all six colors.  And I got through the first repeat, but red ran out after 8 ends of the second.  So, I did 8 ends of all the colors... then for the rest of the warp, I though, okay, I'll do... 36 ends per color, then, of course, I ran out of orange at 22 ends.  However, the rest worked out okay, I had 10 ends of white on both sides to act as a selvage, because I knew I would sew it, and the color was too precious to waste on being seams, then I go to the loom.

And... it doesn't all fit!  damn the 18 inch cut off.  So, I randomly removed ends from the large color sections (which is why blue is the widest) and the selvage...


on the loom

I used off-white, mustard yellow, and a light brown as the weft, about a two inch block, I went eight times around my 24 inch stick shuttle... so, it's only approximate
(pattern: ow - my - lb - my - ow - my ... etc)


and here's the finished (washed) piece.  I love it!  So... subtle.  I mean, the weft.  Roll Eyes

Then I was stuck again, showing off to various people, and saying, well, I want to make a bag out of this, but I have no idea how to go about it, because, well, it's floppy and skinny (maybe 14 inches after washing) but my mom came to the rescue and said, frame it with something stiffer...  It took me a day or two to get used to the idea, but then I was ready to sew!

Then, I cut (scary!) and used like a ton of interfacing (yay! iron-on interfacing) and stitched it with some mystery woven fabric from Hancock's clearance bin into the bag you see before you.

I based it on my favorite bag, a banana republic bag with sort of triangular sides.  Only, because it was more messenger bag sized, I gave it a messenger bag like handle.

inside, silly rainbow fabric, and more weaving:


I even have enough left for a similar style of bag for me, though mine will be green and probably be smaller...

Anyway, the best thing is that about halfway through this... my third project on this loom, and fourth overall, I was finally getting my selvages to not look stupid.  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2009 05:02:44 PM »

Wow. I love it. I love rainbows.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2009 07:34:50 PM »

I really really love this!  It's beautiful.  I love that you made the fabric!  Awesome and crazy and really awesome.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2009 08:41:37 PM »

I second crazy.  this is the reason I would have had to send late!  It was the biggest weaving project I'd done, double the width and double the length... and it took twice as long to warp and more than twice as long to weave.... oddly enough.  Undecided

And even more, since I was out of town every weekend!  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009 02:10:32 PM »

double the width and double the length makes it actually 4x as big as a previous one, i think.
so that would be why. 

wow, you were so ambitious on this swap.  its great!!
my stuff is all things i would like to receive, but i was not up for spectacular.
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009 06:06:42 PM »

I think that bag rocks.  Awsome job
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2009 04:11:04 PM »

I wanted to say the bag construction looked pretty good too.

The rainbow fabric is like the frosting on a good cake.

Did you make the strap too?

Have a good day!
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2009 08:56:45 AM »

I wanted to say the bag construction looked pretty good too.

The rainbow fabric is like the frosting on a good cake.

Did you make the strap too?

Have a good day!

Thanks!

Ah, no, at that time I did not yet have an inkle loom (a loom especially designed for making ribbons/bands), so I just got it at Hancock fabrics.  But I have an inkle now! Cheesy
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