I finally got my act together and finished my little woven purse. This was a scrap left from a disaster of a warp that got ripped from the loom. Sadly, I have since learned what was causing the problems and was probably hasty in taking this long warp off, but I'm finding ways to use all those long black threads.
The bag strap, for example: I made a long braid from some of those warp threads and it works just fine. I'm not especially happy with that button, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from finishing (the button is sewn on before the lining so the knots are hidden). It's just okay. The loop that goes over the button also used some of that abandoned warp….I made a little twisted cord with both the yarns used in the weaving. If you are on Pinterest, Vavstuga now is on the site and has many videos on their board, including the one that shows how to make these handy little cords with your bobbin winder.
I stitched all the cords (closure, straps) to the LINING by machine before inserting the lining and doing the hand stitching to keep it in place. It's far from perfect. That darned button is NOT in the center, and it bugs the daylights out of me, but I'm sure no one will notice. I thought about putting a little pocket inside, but should have done that before seaming the lining to do by machine. Next time.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with this sweet little purse, and very pleased that I could use a nice scrap of weaving that was too small for anything more useful. Hmm, good idea for a granddaughter gift! And the bag has given me another idea for my Weaving To Do list: woven handbags and tote bags! I used to make quilted totes, but I love some of the woven ones I've seen. My that list keeps getting longer and longer!
I'll be finishing up a long black warp over the weekend (gift runner)….stay tuned for the next project!