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boro bag and qivuit

July 4, 2016

I’m a bag lady – delighted with how the boro bag turned outP1100098bits and pieces from years of weaving and dyeing

P1100090it all started with stitching a sample from the Japanese Textile workshop

then I needed a second side

P1100094a removable strap and handles stitched in to hang down

so they are out-of-the-way until needed

P1100106and pockets – outside and inside

P1100102I had planned to make a leather bottom

but couldn’t find a large enough piece that I could hand stitch or afford

so on to plan “B”P1100108handwoven linen, stitched for strength

with book board (heavy card used for book covers) in the bottom for shape

now that I have all the “kinks” worked out of my pattern

I’ll make a smaller version for everyday use

P1100105no shortage of scraps to choose from!

in the spinning department – qiviut (musk ox hair)P1100088Heather gave me a bag of raw fibre a friend had collected in the north

in the center is a small pile that has had the guard hairs removed

I didn’t realize that it had so much crimp

have you ever wondered why the fibre or a small scarf cost so much?

it takes hours to hand pick

P1100087many of the guard hairs are 8 + inches (20.5 cm.) long

and there are zillions of them

a small sample, spun and washed

incredibly soft and lightP1100110thank you Heather, I’ll be picking this all summer, outside in the sunshine

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2016 10:04 am

    Pockets, pockets! Hooray!


  2. July 6, 2016 10:22 am

    Oh, dear Jean! I am sorry to have passed on a burden. If it is any consolation, I am suffering through the scurfy Icelandic fleece just because it is such a beautiful colour. But you’re right, it is an excuse to sit and enjoy the sun.
    And your bag is gorgeous!


    • July 6, 2016 11:40 am

      Heather – no problem, I don’t feel pressured and just do a little bit at a time. The spinning can wait ’till winter.


  3. July 5, 2016 7:33 am

    What a great bag! I love all the little pockets and embellishments. As for raw qiviut, I’ve tried picking the guard hairs out by hand and it is a definite PITA! There is mill equipment for dehairing (also for cashmere and bison down and the like) but you need to have heaps of fibre to make it worthwhile sending it off to be processed. You are very patient, Jean!


    • July 5, 2016 7:39 am

      Louisa – think it has been passed on several times for that reason – it is a PITA!! Don’t have too much and will enjoy the sun while I do it.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    July 5, 2016 5:34 am

    oh, gosh, beautiful stuff here. i have some qiviut secreted away…but such a beautiful bag! if ever you have a leather need, be in touch–i have lots!


    • July 5, 2016 7:43 am

      Velma – thanks, the qiviut takes HOURS to de-hair and it’s not much fun to spin. Think I’m over my need for leather although it would have been nice on the bag.


  5. July 5, 2016 3:32 am

    I need to learn some sewing skills–I look at the things you make with your weaving and am so envious! The bag is wonderful!


    • July 5, 2016 7:46 am

      Kerry – the main seams on bag and lining were sewn on the machine, all the fiddly bits were done by hand. You can do that, you’re a quilter.


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