Last year I had the idea to weave merino tops in the Theo Moorman Techinique which I love. She was a contemporary of my weaving teacher who paid me a lovely complement when this was done and saying that Theo loved to see all the different ways that her technique could be used.
I started with samples which featured in this earlier blog. In early January I wound the warp that grew up to be this spinning fibre bag.
I wove small amoungts of the merino tops in colour sequences.
In showing both the front and back you can see, the weaving at the back that holds the tops is very loosely woven to allow for the shrinkage. The warp is wool with fine cotton, sewing thread, to hold the tops.
I covered it entirely in an old sheet
rolling it up and securing it with circles of cut tights. (Thanks to Sue for all her help. She was a wonderful inspirations throughout this project. )
It went into the washing machine at 40 degrees for half and hour. Because it was over 2m of rolled up tops, it felted differently over the piece from outside to the centre to inner end. It pre-felted rather than felting completely.
The outside edge felted the most. You can see the differences in the next 3 photos
The middle is also quite nicely held together.
The inner edge felted just enough to hold it together and made a wonderfully soft fabric that has me dreaming of future waistcoats.....
I choose the more felted section of the cloth to cut 2 bases for my bag.
I placed them wrong sides together so the base of the inside of the bag would have the felted fabric visible both inside and outside.
Sewn together on the sewing machine, it formed a good soft sturdy bag.
While demonstrating at the exhibition in December, I made and inkle band in the same colours to use for the handles. I folded it around some rope before sewing it together and attaching it to the bag
I was delighted to find these lovely sheep buttons which I discovered were made in South Africa.
I blanked stitched the base of the bag to neaten the outside seam.
I love this bag. The colours are cheerful. It is light and a joy to use.