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Woven Written Bands

I've been working on a few bits and bobs along the way, and sometimes it seems that I hit a snag, but snags are always a good thing to hit. Thomas Edison said after creating a light bulb after many failures that he "did not fail, but learned a hundred ways not to create a light bulb."

Over the past year or so, I've been working on inkle weaving, specifically writing on the bands. I've had some good luck, and I've had some bad luck. All in all, it's been fun.

First attempt at words
As you can see above, my first attempt at woven words was for my Black Iris bag. It turned out well, all things considered, but the ends seemed a little off since I didn't stop the pattern from beginning.

Recently, I've returned to weaving words, and the attempt included the writing of Azure Maris.

Azure Maris Band
Some of you might recognize these as the bookmarks given to the first twenty who purchase the first books in my two series. As you can tell, I improved a little bit on my weaving skills, but the letter Z caused some problems. It took me about three bookmarks before I managed the Z.

Bookmarks and bag straps are one thing, but what else could I do with these bands?

Belts, leashes, collars, shoe laces (made a pair of those for my younger sister), and other strap items, but I wanted to try something else, so I tried a bracelet.

The hardest part of this was finding jewelry findings for the bands. I knew something existed because I saw them before, but when I wanted them, I couldn't find them. Isn't that always the case? I eventually found ribbon findings, but the largest I could find fit on the Azure Maris band. I had a few larger bands I wanted to try.

View of the findings
I added a chain just in case I found someone who like the bracelet, but needed a larger band. For me, it's actually quite loose.

Many of the patterns I use come from the book Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory by Ann Dixon, and it has the patterns I use for the words.


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