December 02, 2013
November 08, 2013
Circular loom: This weaving looks more like a knitting but it's so much easier and you need only one needle to work with directly on the loom loop. This bag was done in one day and I just attached the button at the end. There is no sewing of the edges!
|Tool needed to "knit" on the loom|
|This is what I used to make this little purse|
|Starting with weft|
|Completed on the loom frame|
|Taking woven cloth of the loom|
October 09, 2013
August 29, 2013
It took few weekends to finish this weaving, and more to come up with a design for this dress. But it's finally here!
|It's woven in one piece with opening in the middle|
|Blue fabric insert|
|Side leather detail|
Weaving my first dress, from warping to finalizing was exciting project and attempt. Design was made on the go, as usual, during weaving and it changed from the first idea to final weft. Only steady was measuring the length of the dress and counting yarns. Some warp threads broke at the edge and I was forced to redesign dress. From plain strait I was forced to widen it with an insert aside with matching fabric so that I can fit dress to my proportions.
|Weaving the dress from warping, testing to neck opening and pattern|
|Threads/yarns used for the dress (orange is missing - all used up) and my own hand made shutles made from Dolar store sticks|
|My idea of letting some wefts unwoven realised well at the end - opening large enough for head|
Bag: I had some leftover woven material, done earlier that I wanted to use for small purse. Having so much trouble with my sewing machines (I guess they couldn't take anymore my heavy leather/fur woven fabric), I was finally happy with a result.
|Saint George killing the dragon|
June 16, 2013
So the tester Mila was ready and produced quite interesting wool checker designed fabric. I thought it might be great to turn it into some easy and modern bag, by adding few leather parts over.
Check it out!
|New four shaft loom tested by my daughter|
|Shafts created the pattern|
After finishing weaving, I started turning it into a bag.
|Process of creating something from treads is quite amazing!|
And finally the bag is here, after attaching few pieces of green and beige leather to create height of bag. Small length of the woven fabric gave me two option : to cut the fabric and create two small bags or keep it as it is and because of the difficult size, try to enlengthen the bag with some leather. So it turned out this way:
One loom, and little imagination...Easy and fun family craft!
It's a long way for me to learn and experiment on this loom. It has much more options in creating patterns and designs on the woven fabric. There are some great books to learn all this as I already explored it last year when I got my first two shaft loom. This is huge improvement!
Getting to library!
I listed all the great books that helped me to learn some of the basic processes of weaving and working with looms. I also have in mind to create couple of new pages on this blog to help people with weaving and other crafting projects. At least some basic stuff!
June 04, 2013
Meantime, I had in mind also other sewing and weaving and came up with a necessity of having my own Dress-form or how they call it usually Dummy (complimentary!). This is actually really great thing to have if you're making stuff for your or anyone else often, and it's so fun to make, not only for kids, believe me...
So I found more than few instructions on Internet, some of them vintage, some new.. Base is to wrap your torso with some sturdy tape, few times, that you later cut from the back, fill with stuffing and attach to some stand (optional). It's good to have some hard tape, that way "dummy" doesn't bend in.
String or elastic for waist
Permanent marking pen
Tape: masking or artist’s tape -what you have handy
Strapping tape (reinforced mailing tape) is helpful
A wrapping buddy
2. Put on your t-shirt.
3. Get somebody to start taping you up with the duct tape. You want the extra length to the t-shirt, not the extra width so feel free to cut away some of the excess t-shirt at the sides - or carefully fold it against your skin so it's trapped under the tape in an even and neat way.
4. Be careful not to tape too tight as you want to be able to breathe still! You want to tape from below the hips and right up to the neckline.
5. Once your body shape is all taped up get your friend to cut the t-shirt carefully off you at the back!
7. You can make a neck for your mannequin by taking a piece of fabric and stuffing it with stuffing or old fabric to make a ball. Place this ball up from the bottom of your mannequin into the neck hole and hold it there in place whilst your friend duct tapes over the top of it to attach it to the main body of your mannequin.
9. Once you're done with the stuffing then duct tape over the bottom of your mannequin to complete it.
10. Now you need to think about making a stand.
March 30, 2013
Front and back are different, not only because front has the orange tie but also because the weaving is differently done, with a different leather and wool.
It was not easy to place those metal parts of the handles and attach them to the edge of bag. My sewing machine was just too simple for that task. So i will make some final gluing to mask uneven sewing.
One orange pocket has been attached at the inner side. I usually like bags with many compartments and [pockets, because it's so much easier to organise all the stuff I usually take with me. This time I was modest, because it should be the bag for special occasions, not just an ordinary everyday bag.
February 04, 2013
It's a special bag, made for my big girl's special day!
I wanted it to look chic and unusual. The idea came from the toy house, my daughters loved to play with, who looked like a mushroom.
There was another piece of woven fabric dedicated to this creation but somehow when I started to design it, these other pieces worked better together.
The most difficult part was adjusting of the top to the bottom so it covers partially the bag, but still easily slide to open. Because of that I attached at the last minute little swirly "pull" part. Inside, it has two pockets and this outer woven part is actually pocket too, to fit anything in a size of a phone or bigger player device.
I don't have a pattern and I didn't draw one while making this bag, so it's hard to explain how I made it in details, but it was made in one day (night).
|few more parts remain from this to use in next crafts|