Making a rag tapestry purse
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I was in the mood to play with something new. Reached into my warp stash and came up with lovely rose colored (they are slightly different in color) very high-quality cotton warp. Rolled the two colors into a ball so I could use a double warp. Without three hands trying to manage those two tubes would have been difficult at best. Warped the loom. Put on shedding device. Used a ten dent coil every other dent. A twelve (six dent in other words) dent coil would have worked just fine. Make it as wide as you’d like.
I have a lovely stash of already stripped “rags.” It’s actually beautiful first quality fabric but you can use rags. What a great way to use up cotton shirts, etc. that you don’t wear anymore. Or you can go to the fabric store and buy something you love. Stripping the fabric is a bit of pain and should probably done outdoors because it coughs up a lot of little cotton fibers you don’t necessarily want floating around your house or studio. I did this stripping twenty years ago. I had to dig into that closet to find this stuff. So glad I saved it. In the past I’ve used these “rags” for table runners that last and last and last. The deal is: if you use high-quality warp and high-quality cotton rags your piece will last for a very long time. I’ve also made a couple of rugs that unlike commercial rag rugs I’ve purchased have lasted for twenty years after dozens and dozens of washings.
It took me about four hours to: warp loom, weave and finish purse. Not bad for a whim.
Below is the back of the purse after it was sewn together.
This is the front of the purse. That’s the thread I was using to sew it up. I attached seam binding to both back ends to cover up the tied warp ends because I decided not to line the purse.
Below finished purse with soon to be attached braided strap.
This is the finished purse. I added a braid I had hanging around my studio for a strap. I sewed the braid to the outside of the purse and the embellished the edges on both sides of the braid with bead soup. The button is a hand-blown glass button I had hanging around. I certainly was using up leftovers on this piece!
Below and below and below: detail shots of the bead soup edging.
Back of finished purse.
Front of finished purse.
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