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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Rag-button bags

On the same warp as the tea cosy recently finished, I also wove 2 bags.

The warp colours were kind of predetermined, because I had the yarn to use up, and I'm trying to design projects around what I have in my cupboard, rather than buying more..... much as its a temptation... gorgeous stuff to be bought.....

For the tea cosy, I went with orange, yellow and red to contrast with the blues. Partly because my natural inclination is towards either neutral/natural colours, or blues and greens. So every now and then I push myself in the direction of unexpected and brighter colours.

After the exertions of the red, yellow and oranges in the tea cosy, and in a rather lurid sampler which I also did - experimenting with this 4 layered-technique - I found myself irresistibly returning to my more usual palette, for the bags I made.

This one is not quite finished - the handles were woven into extra warp threads, left long at the sides - and i have some substantial ends which I think are asking to be made into tassels, or something similar. (what do you think?)

These did represent a bit of a learning curve. For the tea cosy, I wove the weft closer and tighter, to be sure that it would be tea-worthy and reasonably hard-wearing. On the bags, the weft wasn't really close/tight enough to be secure, so I've had to do quite a bit of finishing by hand to make sure that these little bits of rag and the buttons wont fall out, leaving a trail of buttons etc. behind me. This is quite ironic, because the weaving technique means that bags are made almost as finished items - woven as a tube, front and back, joined at the sides and along the bottom..... and should have come off the loom almost ready to use! Tch! still, I'll know better next time .....

But I think they are now almost finished, and secure, and usable..... I might keep one of them for myself....

Sunday, March 04, 2007


These are buttons from my most recent haul.

My first car boot sale of 2007 - in Ipswich, thanks Lucy! It was such fun. Now I remember just why is it I'll sometimes get up too early on a Saturday morning.....

Of all the things I might buy at a boot fair, buttons are top of my list as what I'm most pleased with. Not just because I'm such an addict, but also because of the anticipation of coming home, sorting through to see what treasures are there.

These are the best/nicest - the ones I'll keep. I have to be fairly selective as I already have so many buttons! (impossible to have too many, obviously) There are lot of really nice ones here, and some real treasures.

And while we're on the subject of buttons, if you like buttons too then you might like to visit natural attrill. Click here for their blog, and here for Toby's jewellery showcase - he makes (and sells) truly wonderful jewellery incorporating lots of the things I love most, buttons, beads, hemp, felt, silver, beachcombings, stones.....

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