Another past-project interlude:
A few years back I was fortunate to be able to take a workshop from Sarah Swett called "Tapestry on a Box". I had seen her article called "Weaving on a Box" in the Winter 1997 Spin-Off and was anxious to try it myself. It was a great workshop and I ended up making an interesting little bag, to which I added rings and a strap. I particularly liked the technique of using eccentric weft to create a sort of freeform flow to the color segments.
Sometime later I was asked to do a workshop on textiles for a troop of Girl Scouts. In addition to kool-aid dyeing yarn, and teaching them to identify what is a textile vs. what isn't, each girl wove a small pouch around a cardboard loom. To prepare for the workshop I created a sample pouch. I used misc. ends and bits of handspun, and wove a sort of landscape, inspired by the lake filled Washoe Valley, south of Reno.
I used this same technique to solve an organizational quandry at work. I needed something to hold a stack of my business cards that could be attached to the wall just inside my office door. An envelope taped to the wall was just a little too mundane for me. So I wove a small pouch around a piece of cardboard. I stuck the hook side of Velcro tape to the wall, and just pushed the pouch onto the velcro. It works great and adds a touch of uniqueness to my office.
Soon I hope to get around to weaving a mousepad.