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Weave-Along 34: The Ellen Purse

the Ellen purse

A handwoven purse is the ultimate accessory for anyone who loves functional art. In Mirrix’s 34th Weave-Along you will learn to make a gorgeous 6.5" x 6.5” woven purse lined with cotton fabric and finished with a colorful rope strap.

This purse was named after the best belle-mère there ever was, Ellen Chase. 

In this weave-along you will learn:
-How to set-up and warp a Mirrix Loom
-Tapestry techniques: Weaving in opposite directions, sumac, eccentric wefts, shapes
-How to finish a purse including lining and making a rope 

What is a weave-along?
A weave-along is an online course focusing on a specific project. Every Monday for the length of the weave-along participants will get an email with links to instructions for the week ahead that might include downloadable .PDFs, online written content and/or videos. This is not a live event, but does take place over a specific time frame so participants are all working on the same part of the project at generally the same time. Weave-along participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage with other members of the weave-along via email and social media sites including the Mirrix Facebook Page, Mirrix Facebook Group and Mirrix Ravelry Page

What do you need to begin: 
-A Mirrix Loom 12” through 38” (with an 8 dent warp coil)
-An Ellen Purse Kit
-A good pair of scissors and a measuring tape 
-A sewing needle and thread for finishing

-Heddles can be purchased separately if you plan to use the shedding device on a loom that has one (optional for this project). We will be demonstrating weaving on a loom with the shedding device on it. 

Our Holiday Weave-Alongs Loom Starter Package includes a loom, The Ellen Purse Kit (this weave-along), The Martha Table Runner Kit (weave-along 35, which takes place in March) and heddles. The whole package is discounted by 20% for a limited time and can be found here

We are also selling a Holidays 2022 Weave-Along Kit Bundle with The Ellen Purse Kit (this weave-along) and The Martha Table Runner Kit (weave-along 35, which takes place in March.) This bundle is discounted by 20% for a limited time. You can find it here

If you purchase The Ellen Purse Kit or The Martha Table Runner Kit individually, you can choose the colorway. If you purchase the kits as part of a package, the purse kit will be in the Spring colorway and the Table Runner kit will be in the Winter colorway. 

When does the weave-along take place?
Warping: Week of January 23rd
Weaving: Week of January 30th
Weaving Week Two: Week of February 6th
Finishing: Week of February 13th

What if you (or the person you are gifting this kit or loom package to) cannot take part in January and February?
We will keep all of our weave-along resources live indefinitely so if you are busy during the weave-along, you can always catch up later. We will also make the project available for free download after the weave-along takes place.

How do you get started?
The Ellen Purse Kit can be purchased here

You will receive a link to sign up for the weave-along inside of the weave-along kit. 

The kit is required to participate in the weave-along.