Saturday, 29 May 2010

Bassendean Community Craft Workshop II

Miho and I went another craft day on Thursday.  It was really fun and the project we made were dily bags. A dily bag is a bag usually made from woven reeds or grasses and is used for transporting foods such as berries and the like by the traditional Australian Aborigines. I made mine with a red single ply raw natural fibre that felt a little rough in my hands especially seeing as I usually stitch with perle cotton, rayon or silk. The little bag was about credit card size... my niece and I thought we should take it to the river and try to catch some little fish or prawns with it because it looks like a cute little fishing net. 

I was surprised how much fun (and how easy) it was to make.  We made the top by wrapping the thread around the template twice and securing with a knot.  Then it was a simple process if making blanket stitches all the way around the thread line and then continuing with rows around the template stitching into the loops from the previous row. I am not going to master this technique anytime soon but it was certainly an eye opener.


  1. That's the same stitch I'm using for my rug that I'm preparing to make. I will be stitching with strips of fabric, though, to make it a lot bigger.

  2. Hello Rebecca, I firstly thought the bag was croched, but it is similar to the needle lace making, I think.
    Thank you for the tip about cupro. Cupro, pronounced as "kyupra" in Japan but spelled as cupro, is a kind of recycled fiber, from the pulp. More commonly called by the product name, bemberg, and I suppose your sister in-law might recognize it by that name. On the other hand when people say rayon, it almost always mean "viscose rayon" and viscose and cupro (or cupra) have similar, but different chemical composition. They are recognized as two separate fibers in Japan. However, cupro is a short for which cuprammonium rayon, I think it can be one kind of rayon, too.
    I am now wondering the real reason why the bias binidng in curpo didn't work was really due to the material, but perhap, the weave, ie, sateen.
    I look forward to your 15th, and of course, the 1st thimbles.
    Have a good day. Chloe Patricia

  3. Hi Jane,
    I saw all your lovely ripped fabric. I can't wait to see how your rug turns out. Last week at the same workshop we made 'string' from ripped lengths of fabric twisted together.

  4. Hi Chloe Patricia,
    Thank you for the extra information about Cupro. I am always glad when people are so kind to share their knowledge. I will ask about Bemberg. Not long to go until the big reveal.