Start at the beginning to Weave and Sew a Tote Bag. Go through all the steps: plan the project, create the warp, space dye the yarn if desired, dress the loom, weave and create your own tote bag. This workshop is for novice and advanced crafters. Knowledge of weaving and sewing is not required. We’ll teach you the basics.
We will plan the tote bags, order yarn and wind the warps in October. We’ll space dye (if you desire) the warp and weft skeins, and warp the looms in November. We’ll weave the cloth and sew the totes early in December. There is a limit of 12 participants due to the available space at the member’s Weaving Studio in Toney. When you pre-register, you will receive driving directions to the Weaving Studio.
Each person will weave 2-3 yards of cotton cloth which is enough to make 1-2 tote bags depending on your size preference. Make one large bag or 2 smaller ones. These tote bags make great reusable grocery haulers or craft storage bags. Give them as handmade gifts. You have the option of weaving on your own loom (floor, table or rigid heddle) or borrowing a loom for a small fee. See attached flyer for more information: Weave a Tote Bagpub
Update: Congratulations to the Sparkle Cats, from Sparkle Studio and the Foldout Cat Studio, winners of the Grand Prize and to the Girls on Fire, representing the Senior Center, winners of First Prize AND the People’s Choice Award! Three cheers for the Huntsville Fiber Guild members who coordinated the event for their vision, persistence and hard work to manage the myriad details involved! HFG’s team, the Alpaca Punch Rocket Weavers, won second place. The finished shawls were all beautiful.
The Huntsville Fiber Guild will be hosting a Sheep to Shawl Contest on Saturday September 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as part of the Spin in Public Day celebration being presented by Sparkle Studios and Fold Out Cat Studio at Lowe Mill. Teams will compete to process animal fiber, spin yarn and weave it into a shawl. There will be a $200 team grand prize, plus other prizes. Register your team to be assured a spot by email to HsvFiber @gmail.com. There are no registration fees. Teams will provide all their own supplies and equipment. All skill levels are welcome. Any type of animal fiber which has been washed but not carded and may be dyed. Any type of loom to produce a shawl 20 inches by 72 inches, or at least 1440 square inches. Individuals may register and be randomly placed on teams. More detailed information is presented here.