Sunday, June 23, 2013

Handbag fabrics

Hello, friends. Some new fabrics are underway this week. The loom is warped for herringbone twill and one of its derivatives. I am really pleased with how things are shaping up. Here is a look:

The red mercerized cotton is waiting in line to be used next for the weft. I like both of the designs and can't say that I prefer one over the other. The herringbone twill is easier to weave with just a 4 step treadling pattern (photo 2); the top photo has a 16 step treadling pattern.

In either case, I think that a clean, simple handbag design will work for either fabric. I have kiss clasp frames in a couple of different sizes and my trusty drawstring bag design, too. An envelope-style clutch is something I'm considering, which brings me to my next question: what sort of handbag do you prefer to carry? Or, conversely, is there are style that you absolutely would NEVER tote around? Just curious to know!

Be well,


heather said...

since you asked...i like a clasp style coin purse similar to what ive seen on your blog,but i like a pocket on the side so i can slip my debit or credit card into it for easy access. As for handbags, i usually go for a shallow market bag style with only the one compartment so i can toss in my handwork or kindle or lunch etc. i prefer them to hold their shape when i set them down so i can see inside easily. my mother, on the other hand likes lots of compartments and zipper pockets to stash all of her necessities. hope this helps your research :)

Nutfield Weaver said...

Thank you for your insights, Heather, they were very helpful! I like the clasp style as well -- and your pocket idea for small items is brilliant. So many options out there! I wonder if anyone has ever designed THE perfect handbag? Cheers!

Thistle Rose Weaving said...

Kate, love the clean fresh looking twills. I agree with you they are perfect for your purse project. The kiss clasp change purse with a small pocket is a great idea and will sell well.

Not sure if the perfect purse is out there, but if you figure it out please let me know!