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Message started by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:44am

Title: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:44am
This tutorial shows how to make a woven pouch for a shepherd sling like it is used e.g. in Israel and
the middle east. Its called #1, because it`s about the basic method with a simple and one coloured weaving.
Other tutorials which show more advanced methods and more complicated weaving patterns will follow.

On the picture below a finished example is seen.

A drawn mini tutorial was posted by me in the past and can be found here:
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1172017416/3150 ; reply #3155-3157
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:44am
You need about 8-9m of cordage for the pouch, a knife or scissors, a weaving needle (every big needle without a sharp tip is o.k.), an additional piece of cord (~40cm), some glue and a flat piece of hard paper, plastic, wood or something similar. I took here the loom that I use for making the Tut-slings, that is nothing else than a piece of plastic with many cut-outs.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:45am
If your "loom" has the length of the future pouch, then take the cord and make 4 complete turns around the "loom", otherwise make this step free hand. Make a knot.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:47am
Remove the cordage, so that it isn`t bent around anymore and lay it on the upper side of the "loom".
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:50am
Use an additional piece of cord to fix the cordage on the "loom" like shown. Now you have 8 warp cords, that should not be under too much tension but also not too loose.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:55am
Now you can start weaving. Here I wove from left to right down-up-down-up...
As you can see, the weaving begins in the middle height of the warp cords.
Pull the weaving strand through, until both (left and right) ends of it have the same length.
Now you will continue with the right end (the one with the needle) weaving upwards of the first row.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 3:56am
Here 4 rows are woven. Don`t weave too tight, but make sure every row is as wide as you want your pouch.
This is crucial, even if the weft seems very loose and weak to you. The tightness will come later.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:01am
Pusch the rows together, using the tip of the needle or your finger.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:02am
Continue weaving until you made 13-14 rows. Push them now together tighter than you did before.
You may hold one or two warps above the rows and push the respective part of weaving to the bottom it moves downwards and tightens. Repeat this for every warp until your weaving is dense and regular.
Be careful that you don`t push the rows to hard, otherwise you could pull the warps through too much.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:02am
Now change the needle to the other end of your weaving cord and start weaving downwards.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:03am
Weave the same amount of rows as you did before.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:04am
Change the needle again to the upper weaving cord and start weaving over two warps.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:05am
For the first 4-5 rows weave every row tighter than the row before to slowly reduce the width of the pouch.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:06am
After having reached the desired width of this part of the pouch continue weaving until the weft reaches a length that is equal or longer than the pouch center.

Tighten the weaving as described before by pushing the rows to the center while pulling or holding the warps.
Here you`ll note that the center begins to shape to a slightly cupped form.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:07am
Repeat the weaving over two warps on the other side until the pouch becomes symmetrical.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:08am
Now continue again with the upper part and start weaving over 4 warps together, reducing the width step by step over 6 rows until you have a very tight weft.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:09am
After having done the same with the bottom part of the pouch you can detach it from the "loom".
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:17am
Before you continue tighten the wefts for a last time by putting a finger in one of the two loops and pushing the weft towards the center. Be careful and don`t pull too hard, otherwise you`ll lose the other loop as it will be pulled to the weft.

Now we start whipping. There are two methods for this. One is shown here in the loop with the knot.
Untwist the remained weaving cord. With the jute cord I used here I had luck that the untwisting resulted in a pair number of strands.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:19am
Take a part of the strands and whip them around the loop tightly.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:20am
When your whipping cord is nearly finished, take the other part of the untwisted cord and start whipping from the other end of the loop in a direction that the whipping cords can be knotted together when they meet.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:21am
You can see it on this picture where the pouch is shown from the back side.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:22am
The other whipping method is shown here for the other loop. Don`t untwist the remained weaving cord, but whip it completely around the loop. Make a tight whipping.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:26am
After having whipped the loop, untwist the cord.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:27am
(Another change of background)

Take one part of the strands and sew them through the loop-near woven rows.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:28am
At the end the strands should come out at the backside of the pouch ...
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:29am
... where you knot them together with the other strands you got from untwisting the whipping cord.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:29am
Add a drop of glue on each knot. After the glue is totally hardened, you can trim the remained ends.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 15th, 2013 at 4:31am
Your pouch is ready to get some cords attached.

This kind of pouch is very versatile. It holds many sizes of ammo very securely but has a very good release, due to the reduced width after the center and the cup shape that is not too deep.

When using natural fibers you can wet the pouch in cold water. After complete drying it`ll become very soft and flexible.

Have fun with sling making and slinging.
I hope Ill post the other tutorial(s) soon.
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by David Morningstar on Apr 15th, 2013 at 8:40am

Very good, thank you! 8-)

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Lugh-Lamhfada on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:52am
Thanks, ive always wanted to know how to make these,il give it a try.

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by timu on Apr 15th, 2013 at 5:42pm
Thanks man, You make it look easy

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by LightSlinger on Apr 16th, 2013 at 2:52am
Awesome!  Great Tutorial!

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by MickR on Apr 16th, 2013 at 6:12am
Geez, I think I might be getting a case of SAD, because now I want to make another sling, and that is it right there! Great tutorial. Thanks mate.


Mick

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by timu on Apr 16th, 2013 at 7:21am
SAD?

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Masiakasaurus on Apr 16th, 2013 at 7:29am
...Sling Addiction Disorder?

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by MickR on Apr 16th, 2013 at 7:55am
Sling Acquisition Disorder.  :)


Mick

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by lakeslinger on Apr 16th, 2013 at 8:07am
Yes, I know, I also suffer from SAD.

Thanks a lot for the compliments. Im already working on tutorial #2 and #3.

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by squirrelslinger on Apr 16th, 2013 at 6:28pm
I also suffer from a slinging addiction...
I have a TON of slings.
Plus I sling every day.

Nice tutorial.. I might make one. I might try to make one without a loom.

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by timu on Apr 17th, 2013 at 7:46am
The first step is admitting you have a problem;)
Hi, my name is Tomas and I'm addicted to slings.

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by MickR on Apr 17th, 2013 at 8:14am

Tomas wrote on Apr 17th, 2013 at 7:46am:
The first step is admitting you have a problem;)
Hi, my name is Tomas and I'm addicted to slings.



Hi Tomas.

My name is Mick and I don't see the problem!  ;D


Mick

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by ThracianSlinger26 on Aug 21st, 2018 at 9:53am
So,i'm in the process of making this sling.Only thing is,i'm using a loom.If i run out of string while weaving,what could i do?

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Slingbasket on Aug 23rd, 2018 at 12:38pm
Here is my paracord version. The tighter you pull the area where the weave pattern changes, you will get more cup in the pouch! I love it!
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Blue Raja on Sep 1st, 2018 at 5:07pm
Loom for woven pouch made from a picture frame


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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Blue Raja on Sep 1st, 2018 at 5:08pm
Completed sling, prior to removing it from loom


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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Blue Raja on Sep 9th, 2018 at 3:53pm
My latest effort.  These slings seem to suit me.  Weaving a sling is a far better way to relax after work than watching TV.

Used one yesterday to play sling golf with a tennis ball at a disc golf course. Fun!
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Josephusflav on May 2nd, 2021 at 10:07am
Help my sling was born deformed
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Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Morphy on May 2nd, 2021 at 10:47am
Words cant express how...interesting and creative that is.

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Josephusflav on May 2nd, 2021 at 2:14pm
I am having problems keeping the sling wide without making a see thru lattice input would be nice

Title: Re: Tutorial: woven shepherd sling pouch (#1)
Post by Morphy on May 2nd, 2021 at 4:58pm
Looks like you need more weft cords. If you only have say 4-5 weft corda your pouch is only going to be so big. Say you want a pouch twice as thick as that, add twice as many weft cords. Thats what I would do.

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