I wove this small purse on a frame loom using variegated wool and a bit of gold ribbon. I knotted the warp yarn and added some beads for the fringe.
Step 1: Weaving
What you will need:
- Frame loom
- Yarn: I used plain black acrylic yarn for the warp and a pretty variegated wool for the weft.
- Fabric for the purse lining
- Optional gold thread or ribbon and beads
- Scissors, pins, needle, and thread, measuring tape
Step 2: Adding Liner
- I cut the liner fabric so that it was about 1cm larger than the woven fabric on all sides
- I sewed a small square onto the liner to form a pocket
- I placed the woven piece on top of the liner fabric facing front to front and pinned it in place
- I then sewed them together around the edge leaving one end open for turning it right side out
- Once it was right side out I sewed the remaining side together.
Step 3: Sewing Together the Purse
Once the liner was sewn on I folded one end over so that the liner was on the outside and there is an overhang for the flap. I pinned it in place and then sewed the sides together.
Step 4: Fringe
With the long warp strands on the front flap of the purse I knotted them together macrame style and incorporated some beads. I then trimmed of the remainder of the yarn leaving a bit of a fringe.
Step 5: Strap
I used the same yarn for the purse strap as I did for the purse. I prefer my purses to be worn across the shoulder so I needed a fairly long strap (110cm). Since the length I need is much longer than my loom I didn't loop the weft yarn around the frame like I would normally do. In this instanced I tied one end of the warp to the near end and measured out the appropriate length (plus about 20cm to spare). I measured out 10 warp strands and tied them as a bundle to the far end of the frame. I could then loosen the bundle to mete out more yarn as needed to create a long enough strap.
Once the strap was finished I removed it from the frame, trimmed the warp yarn and sewed it to the inside of the purse at the sides.