This was a combination of experiments ...
1. Doni's deli tote construction from a long skinny strip, for a tote that is twice as wide as the strip: http://donisdelis.blogspot.com/2009/01/little-tutorial.html
2. The weft was made by twisting two strands of 6/2 cotton together, either just winding on so no twist, or plying on a wheel counterclockwise (S) to twist them together once per inch, or plying on a wheel clockwise (Z) also once per inch. Notes: the untwisted gets a random color-and-weave plain weave patterning that is somewhat interesting. The S and Z twisted yarns get a tree-bark type of appearance, the S-twist bark leans right and the Z-twist bark seems to lean left. In both cases the fabric remained straight, not skewed. I did a little experimenting with amount of twist -- less twist gives less "bark"ing, but I liked the result of the 1 twist per inch plying the best. Switching between S and Z every inch would have given some cool herringbone appearance, as seen at the switchover on the cloth.
On the twisting: I first saw this suggestion in a Handwoven Scarves book; and also ran across it recently on Nancy Harvey's Tapestry Weaving II video. Neither talked about amount of twist or twist direction, so I experimented a bit to see what I liked. As far as adding twist goes, I used my wheel; a spindle would work as well.
3. Made a mistake in construction that was serendipitous, and twisted the handle too -- it rides very nicely on the shoulder with the natural bunching effect of the twist.
There's a similar tote here on Weavolution called a Tibetan Tote, with a longer handle -- may have to try that next time, though these proportions also work well.
I love it. The effect of rippled water if so intriguing. It would be hard to draw such a lovely image. And a big thank you and Doni for the bag design. I've started to collect these origami articles and love to add to the collection. I think this bag must be very serviceable.
I enjoy the rippling water effect. Some Shaker rugs use this technique to advantage.
That is some interesting spinning, I must experiment myself, as I love the effect!
Oooh ... origami with handweaving? Do tell :) what others have you found? Thanks!
can't wait to see a pic of the finished bag! thanks too for the link to to the tutorial - was looking for something like this a few weeks ago . . . hmmm . . . maybe time to warp up again (grin).
I love it. The effect of rippled water if so intriguing. It would be hard to draw such a lovely image.
I really like the twisted bag handle - a little less bulky.