Rag Weaving Inspiration

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Followers on facebook and instagram will be aware that I took part in a rag weaving class with Handmaker's Factory last weekend. Rag weaving is an age old handicraft that recycles unwanted clothes, fabric and yarn in a technique that can be used to make rugs, pot holders, placemats and similar. You can read more on my Weekend Notes article, and Handmaker's Factory blog.

:: Rag Weaving Class at Handmaker's Factory ::

Now that I have acquired a new recycle craft skill as well as a weaving frame courtesy of Handmaker's Factory, I have been searching the web for rag weaving inspiration - ways in which this technique can be incorporated into a recycled fashion piece.

The most obvious choice would have to be a rag woven bag by weaving a series of fabric strips to make a few pieces large enough to sew into a tote, clutch or purse.

Here are some examples:

:: Nautical Style Recycled Rag Weave Tote by ACLhandweaver ::

:: Multicoloured Rag Weave Clutch by GirlGeniusGoods ::

:: Rag Weave Coin Purse also by ACLhandweaver ::

On the fashion front, Geneva's rug mini skirt shared on her blog back in 2011 can't go without a mention.  Although Geneva did not weave first, she did use two woven dollar store rugs to make it:

:: Rug Skirt seen on A Pair and a Spare ::

Moving away from fashion, yet using old garments to create new, denim can be a great material to use to weave into durable rugs and placemats:

:: Nudie Jeans Recycle Rag Rug seen on Denim Observer ::

:: Denim Placemat seen on The Country Farm Home ::

I am sure there are plenty more rag weave pieces to be inspired by on the net, if you know if any more, feel free to leave a comment below.



Unknown said...

Fabulous! I would love to try this! Thank you Erica!

Anonymous said...

I have wanted to try this for a while, I guess great minds think alike! I'm thinking skirt like Geneva's. Watch this space.

Patti said...

Love these ideas, Erica. The tote is my favorite. xo

ACL Studio and Gallery said...

Thanks for the feature! Recycle, Reuse, & make New Again! Cheers!

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