UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

January 5, 2011

Pondering Pinky

Filed under: weaving — UndyedYarnpire @ 7:59 pm

I am not hugely enamored of the finished scarf, first weaving project, pink zin. Mostly because, being woven from corriedale wool yarn, it is hugely unpleasant in terms of skin-touchiness. However, the fabric is relatively sturdy and has a really appealing coloration (it was happenstance, so that is not immodest). I thought it would make an excellent bag.

woven scarf woven scarf

I was interested in the Doni’s Deli Bag, because it makes a bag from one long and narrow strip of fabric. That seems ideal for weaving. But if you actually look at it conceptually, it makes a really wide bag with a really wide strap. I dislike wide bags because I tend toward single-purpose bags. I have a bag that is exactly the size of my writing notebook. I have a handknit purse which is exactly the size of a paperback. My regular handbag is just large enough for keys, phone, and wallet.

If you are thinking about this the way I am thinking about this*, the obvious solution is to sew the short ends together and to seam up the sides to the depth desired. Some reinforcement is definitely desirable, and if I made release cuts I could make the handle double-thick while making it half the width.

* Thus the project title will be amended to “Pondering Pinky” from the oft-repeated line from the cartoon Pinky and the Brain, “Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?”

diagram of bag

I could use some advice on whether I am going to completely destroy the structural integrity of the scarf in forming the bag. I do have interfacing and a lining fabric ready. I can machine sew this to get greater stitch density.

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