Each month throughout 2016, I will design and complete a bag that showcases experimentation with both quilting and weaving.
I designed the Clare Anna bag for Club Clobird's November bag. This purse uses a partial triaxial weave that looks like hearts. The pattern will be available for purchase in February and includes an instructional video. The bag is made with Indah Batiks by Me + You Fabrics.
I used a woven panel and quilted denim to make this bag for the Giucy Giuce Bucket Bag Sew Along. This is a free pattern by Giuseppe Ribaudo. Fabric is Handcrafted Indigo and Abacus by Alison Glass.
July 2016 Bucket Bag
Textured Solid Denim by Art Gallery Fabrics (which I used for the back and bottom of the bucket bag) is the perfect weight for bag exteriors. The pattern for this bag is free and can be found at the Giucy Giuce Bucket Bag Sew Along.
This is a woven version of the Curvy Clutch from Zaka Workshop. The Curvy Clutch comes with this beautiful heart shaped hardware and an easy-to-follow pattern. Fabric is Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics.
May Woven Side
This tote is a woven and quilted mod of the pattern "Tokyo Carryall Tote." Fabric is Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics.
May Quilted Side
I used Superior Threads King Tut 50wt to quilt a grid pattern on this Art Gallery Fabrics Solid Textured Denim.
A triaxial weave in Wanderer Fabrics by April Rhodes and Solid Textured Denim, all from Art Gallery Fabrics. The weave pattern is meant to resemble boats, representing the distance that can develop between friends who live apart. This bag travelled to the Midwest to live with a dear friend.
The bag pattern is the Velocity Bag, which is a free project on the Art Gallery Fabrics web site.
This woven foldover clutch was made using a quilted orphan block, some Sunprint and Handcrafted by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, and upcycled denim. I wrote a pattern for this bag for Sew Mama Sew.
This is the madweave side. It is woven with 1/2" strips of Alison Glass Handcrafted for Andover. Bottom of the bag and hand rolled handles are Andover chambray.
This is the quilted side. I used a rainbow variegated thread to matchstick quilt a panel of Alison Glass' Ex Libris for Andover.
Bound Challenge Bag
Fold-over shoulder bag made for the Bound Challenge by Art Gallery Fabrics. The challenge was to make a bag with April Rhode's Bound. Two sided, this bag features both a triaxial madweave and matchstick quilting.
Bound Challenge Closeup
The shoulder strap and bag accents are upcycled denim, the zipper is from a no longer useful coat, and the zipper pull charm is a re-purposed earring.
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Madweave is a triaxial weave using strips woven so that they fit together snugly, completely covering a plane. This is my favorite weave because the panels can be used like a cut of fabric and turned into bags, quilts, or baskets. This weave is particularly effective at highlighting dark, medium, and low volume fabrics while creating a three dimensional effect.
This madweave mini quilt measures 17x18", is made of 1/2" strips of V&Co Ombre for Moda Fabrics, and was quilted using 50 wt Aurifil thread in Flesh. I made this for the V&Co Ombre Mini Swap.
A triaxial weave pattern called Stars in Handcrafted Indigo and Abacus by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics.
This triaxial design uses Shimmer by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman, as well as screen printed panels of Kona Cotton by Peach + Pluto.
Handcrafted Hexie Weave
Made up of half inch strips of Handcrafted by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics, this weave is a collection of tiny hexagons. I used light, medium, and dark tones each of three different colors to create a gradating effect within each hexie.
This panel is lacking the third and final set of strips.
Triaxial Weave Noodlehead Basket
This basket was made for Circa15 Fabric Studio in Kirkland, WA as a shop sample. The design is from The Handmade Style Book by Anna Graham.
The hexweave can be commonly seen on the seats of wooden chairs, woven with cane. This weave uses less fabric, which is a bonus when working with a small amount of available material. However, the structure is difficult to manipulate or move without losing the integrity of the design.