July 7, 2011
First you see my new lace weight spindle. I am spinning this commercially prepared cotton roving, (I can't remember where I got it as I have had it for years) and it is indeed turning out to be my best spun cotton to date. Either I am getting the hang of it or the roving is better, or maybe it is the little spindle. Maybe all of the above. But this is what I have for Tour de Fleece right now. Remember I already finished the wool/silk on the phang last couple of days.
Since I couldn't turn the bands into a poncho as I originally planned, if you remember they were too heavy, I have decided to develop a tote out of them. I really love the Tibetan bag, also known as Doni Delis bag. The one you see if you click is made of re-purposed commercial fabric.
The first bands I chose just wouldn't come together in a design that Dana (she will be doing the assembly) and I liked. So I played around with some of the others and came up with something I really liked. Below you see the piece that will be used for the closure flap and some interior pockets. This also gives you an idea of the color scheme. Can't wait to see the end result. She picked out some batik fabric for the lining that I will get to see in class tonight. Stay tuned to see the completed bag...soon I hope!
Tonight Dana wants to learn Double weave on the backstrap. I gotta go wind the warp! TTYL