1. First finish one colour. I found that finishing the first colour on felt strand two, not felt strand one made the seam stronger. Let the thread dangle over your work, and we will come back later to sew it in.
2. Start the next colour, by looping around strand one, and starting your figure of eights as before.
3. Note that the different colours are cool, however you do have to do a little more sewing the more frequently you change colour.
4. When you want a rest from weaving, sew in the ends. In the first part of the purse that will be the inside, it doesn’t matter if the sewing isn’t neat. When you get to the flap you have to be a little tidier, as you will be seeing both the inside and the outside of the flap.
Cutting the Purse to size
1. I probably should have completed this step at the beginning, however in my project the front of the purse is shorter than the back, so I made a chalk line 3.5 inches from the base line and cut off the top of the felt on one side.
2. If you want to make a purse where both sides have the same length, then don’t do this step. I wanted to create a flap on my purse.
1. When you get to within three strands of the top of the shorter section, place and pin one of the smaller rectangles to the purse. Make sure that the top of the rectangle and the top edge of the purse align.
2. Sew across the edge. Here I’ve sewn the edge in orange for demonstration purposes. I recommend using a thread that’s the same colour as the felt.
3. Fold the bottom of the small rectangle over the sewing you’ve completed, turn the purse inside out and fold the remaining part of the felt over the tops of the felt strands and tuck the end under. Then use a simple straight stitch to stitch the edging to the other side of the purse.
4. The aim here is to have a nice neat edge covered by the small rectangle. We will repeat this edging technique at the end when we’ve finished weaving the flap.
5. Note that the edges of this rectangle are not sewn to the strands at the back yet. This looks odd to being with, as you have a half inch gap either side of your purse. We will come back to this at a later stage and sew the rectangle to the back edge, once we’ve completed the weaving in this section.
A couple of techniques
1. When sewing the edges, it’s really easy to sew through the embroidery thread, especially the six strand sort I was using, so I tried to position the needle towards the edge of the stitch, rather than the through the centre of the stitch. I tended to get less tangles that way.
2. I found having the felt strands to the left the easiest, and working from top down. I’m right handed, so this should be flipped for left handers.
1. Again when you are three or four strand widths from the end of the purse flap, do the edging steps as previously discussed.
2. Then sew the edges of the rectangle we did earlier to the back of the purse. The purse should now be woven in this section. This is optional, if you like the half inch slits either side of your purse, then do not do this step.
Now you have a completed woven purse made from scraps of felt and embroidery thread.