Adventures in weaving

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It seems to be everywhere at the moment. Or am I late to the party? Probably. I first saw some weaving over here and she has done a couple more since that one. Then I saw it over on Pinterest but I kept telling myself, no, no, no! I can’t start another hobby.

But the weekend before last, I gave in and made a mini weaving. Crazily I went for a very complicated design.

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I love the silver and the beads but it is a total mess on the back and took hours and hours to finish, in fact I nearly threw it in the garden I was so frustrated trying to get it off my cardboard frame. But I persevered.

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It was inspired by this one. Hmm… not the same at all but a first attempt.It still is sitting there waiting for me to try and make it wearable by neatening all those loose bits. Hmm this one might never get to that stage but I gave it a go and loved doing it and it brought back memories of my childhood when I owned a little loom. Yes, I have done pretty much every crafty thing in my time.

As last week wore on I spent many an hour researching weaving online, watching tutorials and reading some blog posts. I still didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing but I was itching to do another one so got started.

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I cut notches in the top of the little loom and wound the ebroidery floss right around the cardboard loom. I tucked the ends into extra notches to hold the thread in place while I weaved. (I borrowed that great big needle from my Mums sewing tin. It was a joy in itself searing through years and years of sewing stuff.)

Some of the tutorials said to start the thread at the middle string others started at the edge I decided to start in the middle but would try at the edges next time.

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I was going to do simple back and forth, under, over, under, over with no pattern after my first over complicated attempt but I didn’t stick with  my own plan…

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To mix the colours together you weave to the middle with one colour on the right and then weave to the middle with the second colour on the left side. You slot the left colours in between rows of the other colour as you go. (Sorry v.bad explanation!)

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I used some bakers twine after the dark brown embroidery floss and finished the piece off with a length of chunkier twine I had lying about. The twine was harder to handle but I loved the contrasting texture.

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Then came the scary bit. Cutting the weaving off the loom.

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I cut through the middle of the threads on the back side of the weaving and unhooked the top from the nothches.

Now the fiddly part. Getting it all secured and neat. There were so many variations online about how to do this so I gave up looking and just winged it with what felt easiest to do. I won’t lie. This par of the process is time consuming but important because you don’t want it all to fall to bits after your hard work.

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Starting at the top I tied the first and second threads together, then the third and fourth and so on. Then the bottom strings. By knotting the threads together you secure the weft threads in place.

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I found a sturdy piece of thread to use as the ‘chain’ part of the necklace and tied the top strings to it and then added a bead to the bottom strings to help the design and also help it hang better.

And here it is.

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It probably took three hours start to finish but that’s okay because it is sooooo cute! I even got the thumbs up from Gav. I know this weaving thing hasn’t run it’s course with me yet. Maybe a wall hanging next….