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Teeny Handwovens


Inevitably any handloom fabric length which is cut for western clothing has left over fabric. I can’t bear to just thow it away and have experimented with lots of different ways to use it. Cutting again, stitching, quilting, joining, fraying then joining, tubing, moulding….I’ve tried it all. Sometimes with surprisingly successful ideas. If you are limitied in any way with your work, in this example small pieces of fabric, you can use this to great advantage. It’s great for me because my ideas are all over the place and limitation is useful for controlling myself.

My newest foray is purses. I’m even designing special fabrics for them because it is a small and intricate way of showing off many techniques that can’t be used in products like scarves. For example, very long and impractical floats can exist on the back of the fabric and crazy ideas can be used on the front.

My supplies have firstly come from Nicole Mallalieu in Melbourne. She also sells kits to get you going…and her service is super friendly and easy to deal with.

The purse in handwoven ikat in plain weave,
cut on the bias.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. That purse is beautiful, very innovative and creative.

    March 26, 2008
  2. I love your purse. I looked for an equivalent supplier in the US but couldn’t find one. Am seriously thinking of ordering a kit from the one in Melbourne. I have wanted to try something like this for a long time.

    March 26, 2008
  3. Peg try this website, they sell purse making supplies and are in NYC

    http://www.tallpoppycraft.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=32

    March 27, 2008
  4. Kaz, these are wonderful! I too, was curious about purse making supplies, but doubt I would have the patience to actually make one.

    March 30, 2008
  5. Jane #

    Oh, how yummy! Last time I was in Australia I bought some of those purse frames at Brisbane Craft Fair, but they came with no instructions and I haven’t so far found any…..I sort of assumed you gathered up the top and slip stitched through the holes?!

    I have made bags with handspun before, clutch and drawstring, but would love to do one with the frames.

    March 31, 2008

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