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The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms [Kindle Edition]

Noreen Crone-Findlay
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Book Description

Try small loom weaving and get big results!

The Woven Bag features bags in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the petite Beaded Amulet Pouch to the voluminous carryall, The Grand Duchess. Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms. Even if you've never woven before, the tips, tips and techniques in this book will quickly have you weaving squares, triangles and rectangles that can then be assembled into wonderful one-of-a-kind projects.

Inside The Woven Bag, you will find:

  • Step-by-step instructions for every step of the process, from weaving to assembly

  • Written instructions, including helpful illustrations, for over 30 bags, pouches, totes, purses and backpacks

  • A plethora of helpful hints, tips and tricks from author Noreen Crone-Findlay.

Weave your way to a beautiful new bag today!

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About the Author

Noreen Crone-Findlay is an author, designer, fiber artist, professional puppeteer, doll marker, workshop presenter, crocheter, small-loom weaver and storyteller. Noreen has built a successful business as a designer and maker of one-of-a-kind spool knitters. She is also the source for enchanting designs for spool knitted creations of all descriptions. The author has a website at and a blog at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4300 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (10 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars START WEAVING 18 Nov. 2010
By reowl
I have always enjoyed Noreen Cronley-Findlay's videos on Youtube, which I find are very well done.
I find that her book is the same, even before reaching the end, I was already searching for my loom so that I could start one of the bags.
These bags are fun and quick to make on my potholder loom. Perfect for gifts in this era of iPods and Smartphones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide, plenty of patterns 3 Oct. 2013
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Found this was a good starting point for my new interest in small loom weaving, as it describes all the basic types of small hand loom and how to use them.. Haven't tried to make a bag yet, but the patterns are well illustrated and seem easy to follow.
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love this book and have learnt loads from it about weaving generally and specifically on small looms. The pot holder looms are available in the uk, however some of the others that she suggests using are not, such as the Schacht mini loom, if there were illustrations and dimensions of these looms then substitutes could be sourced. I have made several of the bags and intend to make more of them, love the elephant and monkey bags made on potholder looms. Great way to use up my stash and home spun wool.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woven Bag is a must have! 21 Feb. 2010
By A.L. Brandt - Published on
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The Woven Bag, by Noreen Crone-Findlay, is another example of the author's ingenuity and creativity. In this book, you will find Noreen's excellent and easy to understand instructions. She explains small loom weaving, discusses types of yarn and provides the reader with a thorough list of the tools needed to create a bag.

Many of the bags are woven on a simple potholder loom, with the results providing you with a handmade bag that takes very little time to make. The author also includes suggestions for dressing up your bag with spool knitting, beads, buttons, and so on. She encourages the reader to be creative with their bags.

Having bought other patterns from this author plus being a fan of her delightful blog, I would highly recommend this book for the novice and experienced weaver.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things come in small packages, 21 Aug. 2010
By Caroline M. Alexander - Published on
and some of the packages in this book are small! While this is weaving at its most basic, using looms that are often considered one step above toys, and the techniques are not complicated, the results are much much more than the total of the parts. The author provides a comprehensive introduction to the tools and the techniques you will need to use, and each bag is a stand-alone project, and will incorporate other textile skills such as braiding, simple knitting, crochet and embroidery.
The projects are made up of woven squares, triangles and rectangles, so are modular in construction. Full instructions are given, with diagrams and photographs to back up the text. This allows for a great variety in yarns used, decorations applied and embellishments added, according to the tastes of the weaver. While pot-holder and simple frame or peg looms are used, its possible to substitute any square-type looms and small tapestry or frame looms will be just as efficient and practical.
This is a great introduction to weaving for someone who has never woven before, or who's experience is a loom at school, and also provides a fresh alternative for those weavers with much larger, more complicated looms and a chance to get close to the threads and yarns they use, and the cloth they weave. This is weaver-controlled weaving and will provide many happy hours experimenting and creating, as well as a greater understanding of the textiles we use on a daily basis.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 9 April 2010
By Diana L. Taylor - Published on
What a wonderful book. The cover attracted me right away. The projects inside matched the cover's promise. The beautifully rendered patterns, from simple to more complex, gave me ideas for other wonderful variations. Noreen Crone-Findlay has raised the excitement bar for small loom weaving. Great projects that stimulate the imagination. Thanks!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but could be better 7 Sept. 2012
By Susan Cromby - Published on
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A lot of projects from potholder looms. That's OK if you want to do that kind of weaving. Gives some ideas on how to prepare various yarns and fabrics for weaving--even videotape if you want. I have to say that some of the little bags were kind of ugly. There was one with a monkey face on it that creeped me out. Some clever uses of spool knitting as decorative edging. If you are a very beginner weaver and aren't sure about weaving as a hobby, you could get a feel for it with this book. Experienced weavers will find it simplistic. In order to make the purses and bags in the book, you will need a frame loom, a potholder loom, a butterfly loom, a spool knitter, and a flower loom. Places to buy these looms are listed in the back of the book.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See the humble potholder loom in a whole new light! 9 April 2012
By Sunny Sewing Honeybee - Published on
I got this book expecting to use it with my large peg/lap loom. While there are several designs that utilize these larger-sized looms, at first I was disappointed with this book. That's because so many of the bags I like the most actually utilize the humble little potholder loom! After this sunk in, I was in awe of the author's creativity in using a childhood favorite craft tool in a whole new, innovative way.

There are all sorts of bags in three general sizes. There are whimsical ones, including an elephant, two monkeys (one is based on the sock monkey!), and rabbit. There are practical ones, like an envelope for storing business cards, and a glasses case. Larger bags include a backpack and even a faux-carpetbag!

I like to make a craft before reviewing a book, to see if the instructions are clear and the projects turn out well. The project I decided to make first was the Friendly Elephant Bag. A photo is available at the top of the main product description page on Amazon. Everything went well, although I noticed that the pattern called for bulky yarn (size 5). This surprised me, since the wraps per inch specifications didn't match up at all to the bulky yarn I purchased. I looked up the yarn used by the author, and it turns out she was mistaken--the yarn used was super bulky (size 6). This doesn't detract from this being a wonderful book, but it might be better to pay more attention to the wraps per inch than the yarn number given.

Also in relation to the instructions, for the smaller sized rectangles, I'm confused as to why the author has crafters finish off all four edges of a not-full-size potholder rectangle (p. 27) but not a not-full-size small square (p. 28). Not finishing it makes it look a bit unusual. I was able to finish all four sides by placing knitting needles along the top and lefthand edges, and wrapping the yarn around them to hold the yarn until I chained it off.

While I was at first disappointed in seeing the lack of patterns for peg looms, just getting a potholder loom really opened the possibilities with this book, and I think most people would be amazed at what can be done when a little potholder loom is used in a modular fashion!
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