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« on: September 27, 2010 12:50:13 AM »

Hi everybody,

I was surfing the web and gone there :

http://www.free-beading-patterns.com/index-free-beading-patterns-medicine-bags.shtml

The patterns appealed to me so I decided to make a beaded bag with them. I loomed 2 panels and would like to loom a band to add around those 2 panels to add some "depth" to my bag.

I plan to double the bag with adhesive felt panels.

But the problem is that I've never done that before so my question is how do I sew everything together ?

help !!!
Nadia
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010 06:30:26 AM »

Here's what I would do:
Tie off your warp threads or weave them together. Fold them under and whip stitch your beaded panels to a leather or felt square, then stitch the fabric pieces together to form the bag. I wouldn't rely on a loomed panel to hold together as a bag. For the strap, I'd use an off-loom woven or stitched band or a leather cord. If you want to get fancy, you could do a 2-bead edge stitch or some other decorative technique as you sew it together.

Loomed pieces are great for applied decoration, but difficult to finish off, I think. I much prefer off-loom techniques like square stitch (which looks like loomed when done, but uses 1 thread), right-angle weave, peyote, or applique and lazy stitch for pouches.

Just about all of these techniques can be found on about.com.
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