Some weavers might shy away from using silk with the rigid-heddle loom, but there is no reason to, and plenty of reasons not to avoid using luxurious silk. You will find that it is no more difficult to use than cotton, and the sheen and hand are remarkable. Nothing says elegance like silk.
Whitney Dorband looked at some turquoise cabled silk and recycled sari silk yarn and saw the makings of a statement clutch. She used the beautiful cabled silk as a sturdy warp to give her purse structure. For weft she used the sari silk. Sari silk has an interesting story; made from recycled Indian saris, every skein of sari silk is different from the next one, and all have color changes throughout. The sari silk’s rustic yet shiny nature and interesting color changes give the purse great texture and visual impact. The bag’s construction is simple. To finish her bag, Whitney used her macramé skills to knot a fringe using the cabled silk that acts as a front flap and gives this little bag an additional stylish touch.
Weave a jewel bag yourself with a rigid-heddle loom and plain weave to add a little pop of vibrant luxury to your next night out. You can be sure it will be one of a kind, and everyone will want to know where you got it. Find it today in Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2018.
Featured Image: Jewel Bag by Whitney Dorband
Project at a Glance:
Equipment needed: Rigid-heddle loom, 7” weaving width; 8-dent heddle; 2 shuttles.
Yarns: Jorie II(Treenway); Sari silk yarn (Treenway Silks).
Other supples: 1” shank button.