A Pouch Made From An Inkle Woven Band
I have a good friend that has an interest in weaving. The best place to start is with something narrow, like an Inkle weaving. Plain weave allows you to pay more attention to all those pesky details, like tension, Pulling your weft and getting those selvages (sides) straight and even. We watched a “how to” video on Inkle weaving together and there was a bag/pouch that she made that he decided would be a good place for him to start. He needs a place to keep his wallet and check book where he can easily reach and keep in sight. Inkle weaving is of course a warp faced weave, meaning that when woven correctly, only the warp shows. I’ve made a number of Inkle bands, but I’ve never seamed them together, so, fun for everyone. Lacking an Inkle loom, I lent him mine. We used a lot of little skeins of perle cotton to get this warped. I have to say that I think this band was too wide for a first time project. He did really well weaving this band, but his household isn’t conducive for fiber arts Per Se. Every time I went over, I could see my loom sitting in the corner and the weaving not progressing. So I commandeered my loom and took over to get this weaving finished, and ultimately retrieve my loom.
He’s a Gators fan, so the weaving is in their team colors. Since we set out to make this a pouch, there will be a seam along the center joining. We used black on the sides, on the side where that the seam will go, the black portion is narrower since it will essentially be doubled. After cutting it off the loom, I snipped all the weft ends and the warp ends and pressed the band. I decided to not wash and full the band as I wanted it to maintain as much stiffness as possible. I auditioned the band to see how much of the band I’ll need for the pouch. 40 inches will do it. The 40 inches is cut off, then turned so the cut ends are facing the same direction with the narrow black selvage meeting in the middle. I pressed the fold into a mitered arrow shape. I seamed the two sides together using a light tensioned back-stitch with the wrong sides together. I stitched a double fold hem on the raw edge of the band to prevent it from raveling or snagging. I stitched the miter flap down so it would stay nice and tight using a modified whip stitch, whipping into the black flap portion, but following the weft through only the top layer of weaving on the body of the flap so the stitches wouldn’t show on the top side.
The sides are seamed together using a much tighter back-stitch with wrong sides together. I have the flap folding down just above the top of the pouch opening so it lays flat. I like this bag, the pouch part is 6 inches. Six inches should be enough for his wallet, a check book and a pen. The only thing I could find in the way of directions to seam Inkle bands was to catch the weft loops, but my weaving is far too tight for that. In hind sight, I think I would simply follow the weft with a needle for several warps on each side, traveling back and forth. Essentially joining them as if there were originally woven together. As far as the side seams, I think I gave them the most stable stitch treatment and would do it that way again. The only thing that this bag lacks now is a way to attach it so he can use it effectively and a way to keep the pouch closed. I’m not crazy about Velcro with fiber arts, so I’m on the search for a button, snap or clasp. I’m in hopes of finding one with an alligator to bring it all together. I hope he’ll be happy with his pouch, I think he will be.
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