Okay my patient followers! I haven’t posted for a while, but wanted to talk about a project that I decided to tackle, since I am such a fan of Matthew Boudreaux, aka #MisterDomestic . Matthew, along with Tara Curtis, who created the cool tool, Wefty Needle to use with fabric strip weaving, I’m doing a fun little Weave Along on #MisterDomestic’s web site.
I’ve been fascinated with fabric strip weaving for a while, now, after seeing Matthew’s incredible, breathtaking woven coat he made for his little daughter (take a gander, here: Matthew Boudreaux’s Amazing Woven Secret Agent Trench Coat). Now, I have sewn for, well, let’s just say decades. Many decades. But this was Off. The. Hook. I had to check this guy out. He has the energy of 3 people, and let’s just say his little daughter is one very lucky little girl!! After seeing this incredible coat, I just had to investigate this fabric strip weaving thing. That led me to Tara Curtis, whose web site is equally inspiring, @T_Jaye Modern Weaving. Tara also has a really great YouTube channel, where she teaches how to fabric weave. Between Tara’s web site and YouTube channel, it’s impossible NOT to learn how to fabric weave, she is a brilliantly talented gal.
So, between Matthew’s infectious personality & boundless energy, and Tara’s detailed & talented teaching and tools, it was simply impossible for me not to learn how to do this. Here’s what I made, and super excited about turning this very cool weave into a very nice tote. One of my Viking Designer Epic List talented list members, Judy S. posted a photo recently of a “Poolside Tote” she made from Noodlehead. I have this pattern, and just haven’t carved out time to make the tote, but realized it would be perfect for the weave, so that’s my end goal – to use the weave as the back panel for this tote.
First, I had to select my fabrics. I decided upon Art Gallery Fabric’s “Round Elements” for the weave and lining, and for the rest of the outer fabric for the bag, I selected Bari J’s Joie de Vivre Collection’s “C’est la Vie Winter“, also by Art Gallery.