VIDEO INSPIRATION / pendleton woolen mills
Next Wednesday, I'll be releasing a (very) limited run of two handwoven totes made from the wool scraps of Pendleton blankets. I acquired a few different colors of blanket scraps when I purchased my used Macomber floor loom along with tons of other rag rug weft. My first thought was not rugs, but tote bags. I love the look of rag rugs and I think the fabric would make wonderful, sturdy totes for everyday use.
One of the wonderful things about rag totes, is that almost all of the materials I have used to construct them have been recycled (can I get a 'YAY' for no waste?!), including the warp yarn and leather scraps. Part of the joy of creating, is finding new uses for materials normally destined for a landfill. Each tote has been handwoven and constructed entirely by me, so you can rest assured knowing EXACTLY how each bag was made.
The release will coincide with the bi-weekly LUTE newsletter and will be available to purchase through my Etsy shop. Newsletter subscribers will receive extra special bonus coupon code, so if you're interested in the bags and not already a subscriber, go HERE to sign up!
In order to prepare for the product release of the totes, I wanted to share these videos from Pendleton Woolen Mills of their weaving process. Isn't it cool to know where your materials come from? This shows the entire process, from fleece to fabric. The second video shows a few more aspects that were not included in the first.