February 27, 2010

How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Woven Yarn Purse

I live in New Hampshire and the last couple of days we have had large power outages and heavy snow. What did I do with no television or electricity; I made a woven yarn St. Patrick’s Day purse, with a marabou trim, and a beaded handle?

I used the Woven Ribbon Purse Instructions I designed a couple of days ago and replaced the ribbon with yarn.
I took step-by-step pictures of the yarn purse while I was making it. Follow the instructions for making the Woven Ribbon Purse and use the pictures below for guidance.

1. Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard 8 inches wide by 6 inches. Along the top of the cardboard cut slits every 1/2 inch. You should have a total of 15 slits across the top. Then on the bottom right hand corner ¼ inch from the edge cut another slit.


2. To begin weaving start at the first slit on the top left. Measure your yarn 2 inches in and place it through the slit at the 2 inch mark.

 3. Wrap the yarn completely around your cardboard loom; back to front and through the first slit. Next, pull the yarn across the back to the second slit. Then, front to back and through the second slit, again. Next, pull the yarn across the front to the third slit. This time back to front through the third slit, again. With each slit alternate front to back forming loops across every other slit.

4. Finish the loom by pulling the yarn down from the fifteenth slit to the bottom right slit. You should have 15 strips of yarn on the front and 16 strips of yarn on the back.

(back of the cardboard has 16 strips - two strips of yarn are in one slot)

5. Weave the yarn in and out on both sides using a weaving needle.  If you want to change the color of the yarn or when you run out of yarn tie the ends together.

6. Weave the yarn to the very top of the cardboard template.

7. Fold the edges of the cardboard template and separate the cardboard from the woven yarn purse.

8. Attach green marabou using a double strand piece of yarn and loop the marabou onto the edge of the purse.

9. Attach the marabou around the entire perimeter of the woven yarn purse.

10. Using a double strand of yarn, knot it on the side of the purse and thread large eyed beads onto the yarn.  Helpful Hint: Tape the end of the yarn for a stiff end for threading the beads.

11. Tie the yarn end on the other side of the purse and knot.  Helpful Hint: Push the frayed ends of the yarn towards the inside of the purse for  a nice finished look.


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