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I frequently hear claims that weaving is not portable.  It certainly is difficult to cart around a floor loom and weave when you’re in one place for a short period of time.  Many tables looms aren’t much better.  I think portability is one of the reasons knitting and crochet is so popular.  

I have provided a PDF here that outlines the steps for creating a weaving ‘etui’.  An etui is a small case containing items, such as sewing needles and thread, that is portable and can be easily carried around.  It’s a fun and easy way to weave on-the-go and create fun items.

Click this link to open up the Make a Weaving Etui PDF.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "For the weaver on-the-go . . . Create a weaving ‘etui’" (16)

  1. Very cool, Robyn! I have the neatest tins with a window in them from Trader Joe’s. They originally held chocolate…yum!

    • loomchick said:

      Yum! I love the idea of using a chocolate tin . . . now the key will be to combine the chocolate and weaving!

  2. What a cute idea…..and it is small and inexpensive. Weaving on the go!

    • loomchick said:

      Thanks, Pam! I love vintage-style tins. The key for me is choosing which one to take with me.

  3. Evelyn Oldroyd said:

    The magnets are a brilliant idea! I will be adding some to my collection of weaving/sewing tins asap! Thanks! Evelyn

    • loomchick said:

      Thanks! I’m sure the magnets have on many ocassions saved me from crawling around on the floor looking for a tapestry needle. I really like the ones that come in small sheets that I can cut down to size. They work well without taking up very much space.

  4. Great idea! (and sorry but a bit of editing business ((since you appreciate tidiness)) – you’ll want to change your word to “Voila” rather than “Viola”…. unless you’re calling down spring flowers, an orchestral instrument, or a character in a Shakespeare play! Though it might be interesting to see weaving on any or all of the above…)

    • loomchick said:

      Thanks, Nancy! I edited it so it would read correctly . . . However, my kids when they were teenageers would say “Viola!” (instead of “Voila!”) because it made their father and me laugh.

      • that makes sense then! It’s funny how bits of old memories filter into our speech and writing. I’m sure that it mystifys people, but it’s a great private source of amusement. Ha! Even though the printed page is correct, we’ll hear “Viola!” from now on 🙂

      • Ruth Temple said:

        Robyn, you’re a genius and this is fabulous idea! I love kits and go-bags of all kinds.

        I learned to read out of my Kindly Pa’s collection of Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic books (and thus pronounced kindly with a short i), who had several hundred minor characters running around the Okeefenokee Swamp, one of whom was a ladybug by name of Viola Voila, Girl Insect!
        Said small bug-lady was invoked with glee around our house quite often, as one may imagine.

      • loomchick said:

        Thanks, Ruth! I like kits too. It’s a fun way to make time fly when standing in line, during a guild meeting, etc.

      • jean hosford said:

        Around my house we say “Wah Lah” because I found it printed that way in a magazine.

        It’s true that inside family language can get you in trouble in the outside world. I get called out sometimes when I speak about the ‘radio alarm’ saw, ‘morris and tendon’ joints, and ‘obstacle delusions.’ All of which I’ve heard on jobsites.

        And I am going to put together my version of an etui someday soon.

      • loomchick said:

        That’s too funny, Jean!

        I still crack up when I hear about a woodworker using biscuits.

  5. oops…. Mystifies. No funny story there 🙂

  6. Sandra Lambert said:

    I Love the etui!!! wonderful

  7. […] a small case designed to be portable with items inside.)  You can find it at the following link: https://spadystudios.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/for-the-weaver-on-the-go-create-a-weaving-etui/.  I also have a one-page article in the current issue of Handwoven on making a portable marudai […]

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