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Handwoven Wool Tote Bag

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Course Overview

Design, weave, and sew your own custom wool tote bag, perfect for all of your north woods adventures. You’ll create a custom bag approximately 15” x 15” x 3”, woven with a basic twill structure. After designing and weaving their wool yardage, students will gain experience fulling their wool cloth to create a sturdy fabric for their tote bag construction. Students will also gain experience sewing with handwoven fabric. Bags will be lined with material purchased by the student, and handles will be sewn from the liner material, or optional leather handles can be purchased from the instructor for an additional fee of $20. There will be numerous options for customizing your creation, including the size, color, pattern choices, addition of pockets, straps/handles, etc. Students must have beginner level weaving experience and be able to warp a floor loom with minimal assistance. Some sewing experience will also be helpful. The class is designed to be accessible to beginning weavers who are hoping to gain more weaving experience, but is also suitable for intermediate weavers who are looking to gain skills in sewing with handwovens.

Required Tools

  • 1 yard liner fabric – quilting cotton weight or similar, and matching thread. Please wash the fabric to preshrink it, and press the fabric.
  • Large bath towel
  • Colored pencils
  • Pins and pin cushion/magnet
  • See-Thru Clear Plastic Ruler (for sewing)
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Fabric marking pencil or pen
  • Fabric cutting scissors 
  • Seam ripper
  • Note - If you cannot find some of the tools listed don’t worry – there will be some extra of all of these tools provided in the classroom to share.

Optional Tools

  • Sewing machines – If you own a portable sewing machine, bring it to class. Please test it before coming to class to know that it is in working order. Bring bobbins to fit your machine. We will be sewing very simple straight seams. If you do not own a sewing machine that you can bring, North House has a few machines. You will be welcome to use them and will be given basic instruction for their use.
  • Travel Iron/travel press board
  • Press cloth

Dates

Thu, Sep 1st, 2022  –  Sun, Sep 4th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $400.00
Materials fee: $70.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Erin Endsley
Erin Endsley
Duluth, MN

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Handwoven Wool Tote Bag