A mobile advertisement for the Weave Fair.
I decided to make myself a bag to hold my anticipated purchases at the Weave Fair in Umea. I loved the poster so I printed it on some unbleached calico.
I chose several of the patterns to weave. I used one pattern for the handles and another for the trim around the top of the bag. A third band I stitched down the sides.
I liked the simple black and pink and black and green designs. Here is the weave draft for the bands. I wove the green pattern for the bag trim.
|Two bands using the same weave draft.|
Here is the pink version being woven on my Swedish band loom. This loom weaves bands very quickly. My YouTube video shows this loom in action: Five ways of weaving narrow bands.
The colours of the poster inspired me to try another band. Normally, I would not have chosen these colours or patterns but the overall effect is very lively. I stitched this band down the sides of the bag.
|This band has 61 warp ends.|
|The band is woven in 16/2 cotton.|
The green and yellow band has 15 pattern threads. I used this band for the bag straps. Here is a picture of the two sides of the band. The pattern draft and weaving instructions are on my blog under Weaving Bands.
|This band has 15 pattern green pattern threads.|
I also wove a version of the pink and black patterned band.
|Black pattern threads and pink weft.|
The seven pattern threads are black. This has one border in pink and the other border in black. Using a pink weft creates a small dotted pattern on the black selvedge. I wove it using the double slotted heddle with 7 pattern slots. The pattern draft and weaving instructions are on my blog under Weaving Bands. I also wove another examples of this 7 pattern thread band with pink pattern threads and a black weft.
|Band with 5 pattern threads.|
Here is my colourful and very attention-grabbing bag: a mobile advertisement for the Weave Fair!
|Greetings from Durham|
It is fun to design your own bands from patterns.
Graphic representations of weave patterns crop up in many different places. The Latvian men's bobsleigh team in the Sochi winter Olympics had a band pattern on the back of their clothes. A longer version stretched down the bob sleigh.
|Latvian bobsleigh team.|
This would make a lovely patterned band.
Durham Weaver August 2014