Oops, I made denim!

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In the beginning, my intention was to try a waffle weave fabric. However, after visiting my guild and borrowing the book, “The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory” by Anne Dixon, my plans changed. I had already wound an 8/2 cotton warp but had not yet dressed the loom. I mentioned my waffle plan to a guild member, she mentioned that it had a lot of shrinkage after taking it off the loom. Because I’m terrified of running out of thread, I had only warped for a 16″ wide fabric, what would it be if it shrank after taking it off the loom?  I decided to thread a simple twill and try some new techniques, specifically beating on an open shed, changing the shed then beating again, improving my selvedges and trying out the Anne Dixon selvage method. I also played with different weights of thread and treading.

When I realized I was weaving denim fabric, I decided to put in a few lines of gold stitching. Below are the results, please forgive the wrinkles.

This fabric is destined to be zippy pouches as it’s only 13″ wide, I lost 3″ from pull-in. The next cotton or tencel warp needs to be at least 20″ wide.

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New Messenger Bag Pattern

I had a lot going on Friday, the tutorial for my quilted basket was featured by Sew Sisters (thank you!!), we drove to Quebec to hang out with my parents and wish my Dad a happy Father’s Day and Michelle Patterns released a sweet new Messenger Bag patternfor $5.00!!

I received notification for this bag just before we left, I didn’t want to miss out on the sale so I purchased it immediately. I have some great fabric just begging to be made into a great bag and I think this is it!

Thanks to everyone to visited Sew Sisters and entered their giveaway!

Happy Father’s Day!