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Twisted Tote

Amelia Garripoli's picture
Twisted Tote
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Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Sat, 03/06/2010 - Mon, 03/22/2010
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
1
Sett: 
10.00 Ends/cm
Length on Loom: 
4.00 
Width on Loom: 
8.00 in
Finished Width: 
7.50 in
Notes: 

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.

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I love it.  The effect of

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.

Bonnie.

 

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I enjoy the rippling water

I enjoy the rippling water effect.  Some Shaker rugs use this technique to advantage.

Laurie Autio

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Caroline's picture
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That is some interesting

That is some interesting spinning, I must experiment myself, as I love the effect!

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Amelia Garripoli's picture
Joined: 05/13/2009
Oooh ... origami with

Oooh ... origami with handweaving? Do tell :)  what others have you found? Thanks!

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can't wait to see a pic of

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).

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I love it.  The effect of

I love it.  The effect of rippled water if so intriguing.  It would be hard to draw such a lovely image.

fake watches

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Evelyn's picture
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twisted handle

I really like the twisted bag handle - a little less bulky.

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