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Lots of Heart

I mentioned in my last entry that I was excited to be using the Hearts pattern again. Especially when I am using a pattern with a more complicated set-up, I always put enough warp on the loom to weave material for several items, not just one. Even then, I don't do "cookie-cutter weaving" -- every item I make is one-of-a-kind and unique in its own way.

Custom-Made iPad Carrying Bag

The loom was set up to make a custom ordered iPad Carrying case using purple yarn for the design on a green background. I really liked the way the purple hearts looked on the green - and decided that I would weave material for a Pocket Purse using the same color-scheme -- though on the Pocket Purse I flipped the hearts around a few times so they would always be facing up. On the piece of material made for the extra pocket on the back of the purse, I flipped a single row of hearts over as a little design element that I'm sure many people will never even notice (but I'll know it is there).

Purple Hearts Pocket Purse

extra back pocket

Next I used black yarn for the hearts for some serious contrast against the minty-green background and I was hooked -- After only a few rows, I knew this was going to end up as my own purse. While weaving the material for the back pocket, I threw in a single row of hearts in 6 rainbow colors -- including using the same green as the background which, while the hearts don't really show up, it still works really well with the rest of the colors.

Custom-Made Black Hearts Pocket Purse

extra back pocket (split into 2) with colorful design

There was still warp left on the loom after weaving material for the three bags - so I grabbed some bright blue and started weaving. A few rows of purple were added in for a bit of contrast. The material woven isn't long enough to use for a purse - so, for now, it is set aside while I consider what to turn it into (now I know why I ended up with all of that "found" material after our move this past summer!).

Blue Hearts material - to be made into a ?? later on

The sewing is completed for the iPad Carrying Bag and the two Pocket Purses and it is time to get back on the looms. Yay!!

I still have quite a stash of yarn - some of which was purchased with a particular project in mind....and it is time to get started on some of them! I am going to start setting up the 4-shaft loom for a small blanket. The 8-shaft loom is also sitting naked and in need of a project though I am still unsure of what that is going to be.

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