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Woven bags are all the rage! Create your own one-of-a-kind woven handbag with this eBook. From large totes to small luxury evening bags—here are handwoven bags for every occasion. Projects include a briefcase, diaper bag, purse organizer, envelope for storing fine lingerie, cosmetic bag, carry-all, eyeglasses cases, and more. Eleven 4-shaft projects, one 6-shaft project, one 8-shaft project.
A slow-striping bouclé provides the gradual color change in this stylish rigid-heddle purse. Beaded fringe and a kumihimo strap add the final touches that take this piece from simple to simply divine. As all weavers know, one of the many wonderful things about making your own bag is that you can customize it to suit your needs and wardrobe. Enjoy the weaving!
Colorful recycled sari silk yarn provides a surprisingly sturdy weft for this jewel-tone clutch. Weave a simple bag or add extra cabled silk to the flap to create a marvelous macramé fringe. The sari silk’s rustic yet shiny nature and interesting color changes give this rigid-heddle purse great texture and visual impact.
Just the right size for a laptop, a sturdy notebook, or a much-loved novel, this classic wool handwoven messenger bag, woven on a rigid-heddle loom, pairs perfectly with a quiet cup of coffee at your favorite café. When you handweave a messenger bag you have full creative control of size, pockets, and durability. Trim the bag with leather like Cei did, or use it as an opportunity to pull out your inkle loom and weave up a coordinating strap.
Combine light and lacy leno with plain weave to create a stylish bag that only looks delicate. The easy-to-weave leno gives the bag its lighter-than-air appearance, while the plain weave keeps things durable. It’s elegant in its simplicity, and even better it is easy to weave on a rigid-heddle loom and easy to seam when you're done. Though leno lace is a hand-manipulated technique, it’s an easy one to master making this the perfect project for anyone wanting to learn leno.
Join bold and beautiful pin-loom squares with simple crochet stitches to create this colorful carryall, perfect for produce or a fresh baked baguette. Pin looms are pretty much made for weaving at the park, by the pool, or anywhere else you please. The squares are simply pieced together with a bit of crochet to create a wonderful pin loom woven bag with just the right amount of stretch.
Turn plastic shopping bags into “plarn” to weave up this durable rigid-heddle market bag. Not only will you feel good about your environmental impact, but you’ll look good, too. Woven on a rigid-heddle loom, the Take Two Tote is an easy introduction to weaving with plarn and a great way to use up any plastic bags you have sitting around. You can weave the project using the same colors as Emily or mix it up and make a bag that’s uniquely yours!