Friday, January 10, 2014

Circular weaving: Tote bags

I wanted to share in pictures my experience last summer in making tote bags/purses on my table top loom, using a circular weave so that the bag was made on the loom, weaving front and back as I went.
The set up is for regular tabby weave as you have to do the tabby weave to start with for a few throws to close the bottom.
I don't have the weaving sequence with me at the moment for the weaving of the body. but here is what it looks like from the side.

When you get the bag as long as you want you have to continue with this pattern for a border and filler so that you can take it off the loom and still have it open.  Follow me?? 
Here is a couple pictures of finished bag.

The last one is the finished bag with lining and pocket inside, then I went on line and learned how to braid the same fabric that I wove the bag into a strap.
I made about 10 bags to sell but haven't sold any yet.  I will wait for a better venue for selling as there is alot of work in one and sure can't sell them for 10$. 

My little thought for the day:
"People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."---Andy Rooney