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Like all pictures of me presenting my work, very awkward.

Like all pictures of me presenting my work, very awkward.

So, I don’t want to beat the rosette to death, but this was just a small weekend project of mine, making sweet, vintage-y, wearable hair pieces. Easy to make and looks great with full skirts and 50s hair.

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purse showcase

This is a small change purse I wove for my grandmother’s birthday. The really neat thing about it? There was no sewing involved. The entire purse was woven in doublecloth: for the main body of the piece, the cloth was woven with two seams, one on the right and one on the left, creating a pocket in the center. For the last inch, I switched up the treadling sequence to weave two separate planes of cloth, as seen in the top right photograph. This way, when the cloth is separated, one side can be tucked in and the other folded over as a loose closure, seen top left. What makes this piece cool for me is that it’s a fully functional piece made from one, solid and unbroken piece of cloth. Hand twisted ends, tencel and linen.

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My goofy face, proudly displaying my new scarf.

My goofy face, proudly displaying my new scarf.

At the end of my last project (the double cloth pick-up narrative) I had a lot of warp left over (that’s something to be said for calculating too much waste) and I really didn’t want to waste the beauty of the bamboo and tencel deliciousness. Seeing as I had the yarn and the time, I decided to weave the waste off with a seam on the side, so that while it was 16″ inches on the loom, when I took it off and unfolded it, I had an (approximate) square of 32″ x 32.” Good deal, right? While rather awkward as a whole piece of cloth, folded into a triangle it makes quite a nice scarf, if I do say so myself. I went ahead and twisted all of the ends, and even though the fringe is a different length all the way around, I think it gives the scarf character. Hooray for wearable art!

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